Lee Jung-Jae

이정재 / Lee Jung Jae (Lee Jeong Jae)

Lee Jung-jae(born 15 March 1973) is a South Korean actor. He debuted as a fashion model, then began his acting career on television, notably in the campus seriesFeelings(1994) and the iconic dramaSandglass(1995). After his acting breakthrough inAn Affair(1998), Lee's film career took off. He has starred in a variety of film genres, among them romantic films such asIl Mare(2000) andOver the Rainbow(2002), melodramaLast Present(2001), comedyOh! Brothers(2003), action filmsThe Last Witness(2001) andTyphoon(2005), heist filmThe Thieves(2012), film noirNew World(2013), and period filmThe Face Reader(2013). He won Best Actor awards at the Blue Dragon Film Awards forCity of the Rising Sun(1999), and at the Fantasporto Director's Week forThe Housemaid(2010).

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 Lee Jung-Jae's Career

Dinosaur Teacher, Lee became a star practically overnight, and was almost always cast in lead roles thereafter. A year later, he received favorable reviews for his first big screen role in Bae Chang-ho 'sThe Young Man, but it was the 1994 hit campus dramaFeelingsthat made him a household name.

turned Lee into a national heartthrob, such that his screen time was increased throughout the series' run.His acting breakthrough would come in late 1998 in the award-winning filmAn Affairby E J-yong . This was followed up by another success,City of the Rising Sun, for which he won Best Actor at the Blue Dragon Film Awards and the Korean Association of Film Critics Awards .

was not a popular success in 2000, since then it has developed a loyal fan base a laSomewhere in Timeand attained the status of a minor classic among Korean cinema fans ( Keanu Reeves played Lee's role in the 2006 Hollywood remakeThe Lake House).

,where he was cast opposite Lee Young-ae , and in action/mystery/dramaThe Last Witnessdirected by Bae Chang-ho. In 2002 he starred in the romanceOver the Rainbowwith Jang Jin-young .

Oh! Brothers, a comic drama about two brothers, one of whom has an unusual disease. The film was one of Lee's biggest hits ever, topping three million admissions at the local box office. Nonetheless he remained out of the limelight for the next couple years. Finally at the end of 2005 he returned inTyphoon, a big-budget action blockbuster by Kwak Kyung-taek , the director ofFriend.

was not successful ratings-wise;Air City(2007) andTriple(2009) both flopped.

Though it was not successful at the box office, he still considers it one of his most memorable films.

Hamlet in Water. The play ran for four days at his alma mater's Lee Hae-rang Theater.

A longtime art collector and honorary ambassador for the National Museum of Contemporary Art in 2011-2012, Lee also narrated the 2013 TV documentaryContemporary Art, Bury the Boundarywhich highlighted homegrown Korean artists.

He later signed on to be exclusively managed by C-JeS Entertainment , reportedly choosing the agency after he worked with Song Ji-hyo inNew World.

This was followed by action - comedyBig Matchin 2014, where he played a mixed martial arts fighter trying to save his brother by winning an elaborate high-stakes game.

(titledThe Day of Reversalin Chinese).He has also been cast in the film titledOperation Chromite, a code name for the Battle of Inchon , a United Nations military operation planned and executed by Douglas MacArthur that resulted in a decisive victory in favor of the UN forces; Liam Neeson plays MacArthur while Lee plays a South Korean lieutenant in the navy, the man responsible for reversing the tide of the Korean War .

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 Lee Jung-Jae's Personal life

and owns several businesses with actor Jung Woo-sung , his best friend since they starred together inCity of the Rising Sun.

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 Lee Jung-Jae's Filmography


1993 Love Is Oh Yeah!
1994 The Young Man Lee Han
1996 Albatross Pyeong-san
1997 Firebird Young-hoo
Father vs. Son Park Su-seok
1998 An Affair Woo-in
1999 City of the Rising Sun Hong-ki
The Uprising Lee Jae-su
2000 Interview Eun-seok
Il Mare Han Sung-hyun
Asako in Ruby Shoes Woo-in
2001 Last Present Jung Yong-ki
MOB 2025(short film) Dust
The Last Witness Detective Oh
2002 Over the Rainbow Lee Jin-su
2003 Oh! Brothers Oh Sang-woo
2005 Typhoon Kang Se-jong
2008 The Accidental Gangster and the Mistaken Courtesan Cheon-doong
2010 The Housemaid Hoon
2012 El Fin del Mundo(short film)
The Thieves Popie
2013 New World Lee Ja-sung
The Face Reader Prince Suyang
2014 Big Match Choi Ik-ho
2015 Assassination Yeom Seok-jin
2016 Tik Tok
Operation Chromite Jang Hak-soo
2017 With God Good of Death (King Yeomra)


1993 Dinosaur Teacher SBS
Survivor's Grief KBS2
1994 The Lonely Man Jae-jung KBS2
Feelings Han Joon KBS2
Love Is Blue SBS
1995 Sandglass Baek Jae-hee SBS
1997 Snail Dong-cheol SBS
1998 White Nights 3.98 Lee Young-jun SBS
2007 Air City Kim Ji-sung MBC
2009 Triple Shin Hwal MBC

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 Lee Jung-Jae's Awards and nominations

YearAwardCategoryNominated workResult
199531st Baeksang Arts Awards Best New Actor (TV) SandglassWon
Best New Actor (Film)The Young ManWon
33rd Grand Bell Awards Best New ActorWon
16th Blue Dragon Film Awards Best New ActorWon
15th Korean Association of Film Critics Awards Best New ActorWon
SBS Drama Awards Best New Actor SandglassWon
1997 33rd Baeksang Arts Awards Most Popular Actor (Film) FirebirdWon
1998 19th Blue Dragon Film Awards Best Actor An AffairNominated
199935th Baeksang Arts Awards Best Actor (Film)City of the Rising SunNominated
Most Popular Actor (Film)Won
36th Grand Bell Awards Best ActorNominated
20th Blue Dragon Film Awards Best ActorWon
19th Korean Association of Film Critics Awards Best ActorWon
2001 38th Savings Day Prime Minister's CommendationN/AWon
38th Grand Bell Awards Best Actor Last PresentNominated
2006 43rd Grand Bell Awards Best ActorTyphoonNominated
29th Golden Cinematography Awards Best ActorWon
2008 1st Style Icon Awards Style Icon ActorN/AWon
2010 4th Mnet 20's Choice Awards Most Influential StarN/AWon
2011 31st Fantasporto Director's Week Best Actor The HousemaidWon
201350th Grand Bell Awards Best ActorThe Face ReaderNominated
Popularity AwardWon
34th Blue Dragon Film Awards Best Supporting ActorWon
33rd Korean Association of Film Critics Awards CJ CGV Star Award New World,The Face ReaderWon
2014 5th KOFRA Film Awards Best Supporting ActorThe Face ReaderWon
9th Max Movie Awards Best Supporting ActorNominated
19th Chunsa Film Art Awards Best ActorNominated
50th Baeksang Arts Awards Best Supporting Actor (Film)Won
23rd Buil Film Awards Best Supporting ActorNominated
2015 51st Baeksang Arts Awards N/AWon
24th Buil Film Awards Best ActorAssassinationWon
3rd Marie Claire Asia Star Awards Won
36th Blue Dragon Film Awards Best ActorNominated

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 Lee Jung-Jae's References

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