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Lee Byung-hun

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Lee Byung-hun

Lee at the 2008 Toronto International Film Festival for The Good, the Bad, the Weird
Born July 12, 1970 (age 41)
Seoul, South Korea
Nationality  South Korea
Occupation Actor, Singer, Model
Years active 1991–present
Agent BH Entertainment
Korean name
Hangul 이병헌
Hanja 李炳憲
Revised Romanization I Byeong-heon
McCune–Reischauer Yi Pyŏnghŏn

Lee Byung-hun (Korean: 이병헌; born July 12, 1970) is a South Korean actor, singer and model. He has starred in popular television dramas such as Iris (2009), All In (2003) and Beautiful Days (2001). Notable film roles include Joint Security Area (2000), A Bittersweet Life (2005), The Good, the Bad, the Weird (2008) and I Saw the Devil (2010).



[edit] Career

Lee auditioned in the 1991 KBS Super Talent Audition and was accepted, making his debut in the television drama Asphalt My Hometown.[1] His first breakthrough was in the 2000 film Joint Security Area directed by Park Chan-wook. He played a border-guard soldier who crossed to North Korea nightly and forged a friendship with a soldier on the opposing side. The film was a critical and commercial success and broke records as the highest grossing film in Korean history.[2] He received Best Actor jointly with Song Kang-ho at the Pusan Film Critics Awards.[3] He then filmed Bungee Jumping of Their Own, about a man whose girlfriend dies and is later reincarnated as a man.[4]

In 2001 he played Lee Min-chul in Beautiful Days, a drama about a charismatic and arrogant businessman who falls for an innocent and caring orphan, played by Choi Ji-woo. He was then cast in Addicted as a man who falls into a coma and wakes up believing he is his dead brother. In 2003 he took the leading role in All In opposite Song Hye-kyo, where he played a man who becomes a millionaire through his amazing skills in playing poker. For his performance, he won the Grand Prize at the SBS Drama Awards and Best Actor at the Baeksang Arts Awards.[5][6] In 2004, Lee appeared in the romantic comedy Everybody Has Secrets, about three sisters who fall in love with Lee Soo-hyon.[7]

In 2005 he starred in the film A Bittersweet Life which brought him international recognition and was screened out of competition at the Cannes Film Festival.[8] Lee was nominated for Best Actor at the Blue Dragon Film Awards and Grand Bell Awards, and won at the Chunsa Film Art Awards, Baeksang Arts Awards and the Critics Choice Awards. His next role was in the romantic Once in a Summer opposite Soo Ae.

His first villain role was as “The Bad” in The Good, the Bad, the Weird, a Korean western which was directed by Kim Ji-woon and also starred Song Kang-ho and Jung Woo-sung.[9] The film revolves around three men in a race to acquire a treasure map. The film was also another major success and was screened out of competition at the Cannes Film Festival.[8] In 2009 he co-starred with Josh Hartnett and Takuya Kimura in the film I Come with the Rain. He also appeared as Storm Shadow in the American film G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra directed by Stephen Sommers and starring Sienna Miller and Channing Tatum.[10]

In late 2009, Lee starred in the espionage action thriller Iris with Kim Tae-hee playing secret agents caught in a dangerous game of love, betrayal, and national security. It was one of the most expensive shows ever produced with filming locations in Hungary, Japan as well as South Korea. [11] It was one of the most highest rated and acclaimed dramas of 2009 and for his performance he received the Grand Prize at the KBS Drama Acting Awards and Best Actor at the Baeksang Arts Awards.[12][13]

In 2010 Lee costarred with Choi Min-sik in I Saw the Devil, his third collaboration with director Kim Ji-woon. He played Soo-hyun, an intelligence agent who tracks a serial killer who murdered his fiance.[14] It premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.[15] In 2011, he will reprise his role as Storm Shadow in G.I. Joe 2 directed by Jon Chu which will be released on August 10, 2012.[16][17]

[edit] Other activities

Lee has formed his own management company BH Entertainment which manages many actors including Han Hyo-joo, Go Soo, and Han Chae-young. He owns a shop BHNC which sells hats, scarfs and wallets and is involved in designing the products that are sold.[18]

[edit] Personal life

He has a younger sister, Lee Eun-hee, who was Miss Korea in 1996. He graduated from Hanyang University with a major in French Literature and the Graduate School of Chung-Ang University with a major in Theater and Cinematography.

Lee and Song Hye-kyo became a couple after starring in the TV series All In. They broke up in 2004.[19]

[edit] Filmography

[edit] Film

Year Title Korean title Role
1995 Who Drives Me Mad? 누가 나를 미치게 하는가 Lee Jong-du
Runaway 런 어웨이 Lee Dong-ho
1996 Kill the Love 그들만의 세상 Love
1997 Elegy of the Earth 지상만가 Park Jong-man
1999 The Harmonium in My Memory 내 마음의 풍금 Kang Soo-ha
2000 Joint Security Area 공동경비구역JSA Sgt. Lee Soo-hyeok
2001 Bungee Jumping of Their Own 번지점프를 하다 Seo In-woo
2002 My Beautiful Girl, Mari 마리 이야기 Namoo (voice)
Addicted 중독 Dae-jun
2004 Everybody Has Secrets 누구나 비밀은 있다 Choi Su-hyeon
Three Extremes – segment “Cut Ryu Ji-ho
2005 A Bittersweet Life 달콤한 인생 Kim Sun-woo
2006 Once in a Summer 그해여름 Yun Suk-young
2007 HERO Kang (cameo)
2008 The Good, the Bad, the Weird 좋은 놈, 나쁜 놈, 이상한 놈 Park Chang-yi, the Bad
2009 I Come with the Rain Su Dongpo
G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra Storm Shadow
2010 Iris: The Movie 아이리스 Kim Hyun-jun
The Influence 인플루언스 W
I Saw the Devil 악마를 보았다 Kim Soo-hyeon
2012 G.I. Joe: Retaliation Storm Shadow
I Am King of Joseon King Gwanghae[20]

[edit] Television

Year Title Role
1991 Asphalt My Hometown
Flower That Never Wilt
1992 Wild Sunflower
Days of Sunshine Choi Hyung-Man
Tomorrow Love Shin Bum Soo
1993 The Sorrow of the Survivor Ja Myung
Police Oh Hae-Sung
1994 The Fragrance of Love Kim Jun-ho
1995 Asphalt Man Kang Dong-joon
Son of Wind Chang Hong-Pyo
1997 Beautiful My Lady Hwang Jun-ho
I Do
White Sand
1998 White Night 3.98 Min Gyeong Bin
1999 Happy Together Suh Tae-poong
Lovestory – Story 1: Sunflower Tae Sung
Sally is Back
2001 Road Woo-sik
Beautiful Days Lee Min-chul
2003 All In Kim In-ha
2009 Iris Kim Hyun-jun
2011 Diplomat Kosaku Kuroda John (cameo)

[edit] Discography

[edit] Albums

Album # Album Information Tracklisting
1 Lee Byung Hun – To Me[21]

  • Released: August 1, 1999
  • Label: Doremi Media Co., Ltd
  • Language: Korean

[edit] Single

Single # Single Information Tracklisting
1 いつかItsuka (Someday)[22]

  • Released: October 15, 2008
  • Label: Universal Japan
  • Language: Japanese

[edit] Soundtrack

Year Track Album
2010 “Stay” Iris OST
“Endless Road” Iris OST

[edit] Awards and nominations

[edit] Won

[edit] Nominated

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