|Super Junior |
|Birth name||Lee Donghae (이동해)|
|Also known as||Fishy, Pinocchio, Donghai, Hae, Aiden, 5 y/o, Stage Destroyer, Nemo|
|Born||October 15, 1986 |
Mokpo, Jeollanam, South Korea
|Genres||Pop, dance, R&B|
|Occupations||Singer, dancer, rapper, actor|
|Associated acts||SM Town, Super Junior, Super Junior-M|
Lee Donghae (이동해) better known mononymously as Donghae (lit. East Sea), is a Korean singer and occasional actor. He is a part of the thirteen member South Korean boyband Super Junior. He is one of the three main dancers alongside fellow band members Eunhyuk and Shindong, and is part of its subgroup, Super Junior-M. Donghae is also one of the first four Korean artists to appear on Chinese postage stamps
In 2001, Donghae successfully signed a contract with SM Entertainment soon after he jointly won the Best Outward Appearance award with future band mate Sungmin on the company's third annual SM Youth Best Contest.Under SM Entertainment, Donghae was put in singing, dancing, and acting lessons that same year. He was then recruited into a five-member boy band Smile, with future band mate Leeteuk, but the idea was soon dropped.
In 2004, Donghae- along with Leeteuk- was put into another boy band and formed Super Junior with eleven other trainees. The group later became known as Super Junior 05, the presumed first generation of the rotational music group, Super Junior. Several days before the group debuted, Donghae made a brief appearance in November 2005 at SBS's Shin Dong-yup's There Is There Isn't panel.
On the 8th of August 2006, Donghae's father died due to cancer. The event still proves to be a difficult memory for him due to the close relationship they shared. In Super Junior's 4th Album (2010), Donghae's thank you is dedicated almost entirely to his father.
His best friend is fellow bandmate Eunhyuk, whom he has known for more than 10 years. Fans who ship them call them "Eunhae".
In March 2006, SM Entertainment began to recruit new members for the next Super Junior generation. However, plans changed and the company declared a halt in forming future Super Junior generations. The group dropped the suffix "05" and became officially credited as Super Junior. The re-polished group hit big after they released their first CD single "U" the following summer, which became Super Junior's most successful single in the music charts until the release of "Sorry, Sorry" in March 2009.
In late 2007, Donghae was put into Super Junior-M, the Chinese subgroup version of Super Junior.Super Junior-M is the 1st international music group in the Chinese music industry to have members of both Chinese and Korean descent, and brought an influence in the mainland music industry to produce multi-national music groups.Super Junior-M debuted in China on April 8, 2008 at the 8th Annual Music Chart Awards with the release of their first single music video, "U". The subgroup released their first Chinese-language studio album, Me on May 2, 2008 to critical success. The album debuted #1 on many of China's and Thailand's music charts and Taiwan's G-music combo charts as #2.
Donghae has tried his hand at composing and songwriting. In late 2009, his first self-composed and self-written song, "Beautiful" was released with Super Show 2: The 2nd Asia Tour. He wished to produce more songs in the future given the opportunity and time.
Donghae composed 여행 (A Short Journey), which is on Super Junior's new 미인아 (Repackage) album, their 4th album to date.
In August 2006, Donghae played the role of a human turned cyborg in the Korean version of BoA's music video drama, "Key of Heart" his first lead appearance in a music video.
Donghae's official debut as an actor was in July 2007, with the release of Super Junior's debut film, Attack on the Pin-Up Boys. Donghae stars as a class mate and close friend of Kim Kibum, a high school student who investigates on a mysterious attack on pretty boys in various high schools in town.
In late 2007, Donghae was featured in Girls' Generation's "Kissing You" music video. Also, he and Kyuhyun appeared and sang for facial wash product commercial "Happy Bubble" with actress Han Ji Min. A full music video was released on August 19, 2009. He appeared in Ariel Lin's music video for "螢火蟲" (Firefly), with fellow groupmate, Siwon as his best friend who is dating Ariel's character who happens to be Siwon's ex-girlfriend. He played Zhang Li Yin's love interest on her music video, 晴天雨天 (Moving On), released on October 19, 2009.
Donghae starred in SBS drama, It's Okay, Daddy's Daughter as Wookgi, one of three brothers in the drama, which was aired in mid November 2010. He is scheduled in April 2011 to film Taiwanese drama Extravagant Challenge (traditional Chinese: 華麗的挑戰) with Ivy Chen and fellow band member Siwon as the three main characters. It is a live-action adaptation of Japanese shōjo manga Skip Beat! by Yoshiki Nakamura to be shot in Taiwan.
- 2006: "Key of Heart" (Korean Version) – BoA
- 2008: "Kissing You" – Girls' Generation
- 2009: "Fireflies" – Ariel Lin
- 2009: "Happy Bubble" – Donghae, Kyuhyun and Han Ji-min
- 2009: "Moving On" – Zhang Liyin
- 2009: "SEOUL Song" – Super Junior's Donghae, Kyuhyun, Leeteuk, Shindong, Siwon, Ryeowook, Eunhyuk, Yesung and Sungmin, & Girls' Generation's Jessica, Sooyoung, Seohyun, Taeyeon, and Sunny.
- 2010: "SBS Strong Heart Logo Song" with ;Super Junior's Leeteuk, Shindong, Eunhyuk.