Bae Doona was first seen in the television series ‘Angel's Kiss’ in 1998. The following year, she made her big-screen debut in the Kim Dong-bin-directed South Korean horror film ‘The Ring Virus’ where she portrayed ‘Park Eun-suh.’ She was next seen in films like ‘Barking Dogs Never Bite’ (2000), ‘Plum Blossom’ (2000), and ‘Take Care of My Cat’ (2001). In 2002, she starred as ‘Cha Young-mi’ in the South Korean thriller film ‘Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance’ directed by Park Chan-wook. The film received a mixed response from critics. That same year, she also played the role of ‘Jeong Geum-soon’ in the South Korean film ‘Saving My Hubby’ directed by Hyun Nam-seop. She next starred in films: ‘Tube’ (2003), ‘Spring Bears Love’ (2003), and ‘Linda Linda Linda’ (2005). In 2006, she starred as ‘Park Nam-joo’ in the South Korean monster film ‘The Host’ directed by Bong Joon-ho. The film opened to critical acclaim and performed well at the box office, grossing over $89.4 million on a budget of $11 million. Doona also won the ‘Director's Cut Award’ for her performance in the film. The following year, was seen playing the role of ‘Jung Yoon-hee’ South Korean television series ‘How to Meet a Perfect Neighbor’ written by Jung Ji-woo.
She next portrayed ‘Nozomi’ in the 2009 Hirokazu Kore-eda-directed Japanese drama film ‘Air Doll.’ The film sits on a 63% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. In 2012, she played the role of ‘Ri Bun-hui’ in the South Korean sports drama film ‘As One’ directed by Moon Hyun-sung. The film grossed over $11.8 million at the box office. That same year, she also appeared in the epic science fiction film ‘Cloud Atlas’ directed by the Wachowskis and Tom Tykwer. The film opened to polarizing reviews and was a commercial failure. Doona continued to star in films like ‘A Girl at My Door’ (2014), ‘Jupiter Ascending’ (2015), ‘The Tunnel’ (2016), and ‘The Drug King’ (2018). In 2019, she joined the cast of the South Korean political period horror thriller streaming television series ‘Kingdom’ where she grabbed the role of ‘Seo-bi.’ The show will come out with a special episode in 2023. She next appeared in television series and shows such as ‘#Iamhere’ (2020), ‘The Silent Sea’ (2021), and ‘Next Sohee’ (2022). She was last seen in the 2022 South Korean drama film ‘Broker’ directed by Hirokazu Kore-eda. The film holds an 87% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes.