Lee Byung Hun


Lee Byung-hun( Korean :이병헌; born July 12, 1970) is a South Korean actor known for starring in the critically acclaimedJoint Security Area(2000),A Bittersweet Life(2005),The Good, the Bad, the Weird(2008) andI Saw the Devil(2010). His more popular television dramas includeIris(2009),All In(2003) andBeautiful Days(2001).Lee, along with Ahn Sung-ki , are the first Korean actors to imprint their hand and foot prints on the forecourt of Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles .

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 Lee Byung Hun's Career

Lee auditioned in the 1991 KBS Super Talent Audition and was accepted, making his debut in the television dramaAsphalt My Hometown.His breakthrough role was in the 2000 filmJoint Security Areadirected 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.His performance earned him Best Actor jointly with Song Kang-ho at the Pusan Film Critics Awards .He also starred in the filmBungee Jumping of Their Own, about a man whose girlfriend dies and is later reincarnated as a man.

In 2001 he played Lee Min-chul inBeautiful Days, a drama about an arrogant businessman who falls for an innocent orphan, played by Choi Ji-woo . He also starred in the filmAddictedas a man who falls into a coma and wakes up believing he is his dead brother. In 2003 he took the leading role in the poker dramaAll Inopposite Song Hye-kyo . For his performance, he won the Grand Prize at the SBS Drama Awards and Best Actor at the Baeksang Arts Awards .In 2004, Lee appeared in the romantic comedyEverybody Has Secrets.

In 2005 he earned critical acclaim for his performance inA Bittersweet Lifewhich was screened out of competition at the Cannes Film Festival .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. He also appeared in the romance filmOnce in a Summeropposite Soo Ae .

He took his first villain role inThe Good, the Bad, the Weird, a Korean western directed by Kim Ji-woon and also starring Song Kang-ho and Jung Woo-sung .The film revolves around three men in a race to acquire a treasure map and was also a major success, screening out of competition at the Cannes Film Festival .In 2009 he co-starred with Josh Hartnett and Takuya Kimura in the filmI Come with the Rain. He then made his American debut as Storm Shadow inG.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra.

In late 2009, Lee returned to TV in the espionage action thrillerIrisplaying a secret agent with Kim Tae-hee . It was one of the most expensive shows ever produced with filming locations in Hungary, Japan as well as South Korea.It became one of the highest rated dramas of 2009 and his performance earned him the Grand Prize at the KBS Drama Acting Awards and Best Actor at the Baeksang Arts Awards .

In 2010 Lee costarred with Choi Min-sik inI 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.It premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and won him the Grand Prize at the Paeksang Arts Awards .In 2012, he will reprise his role as Storm Shadow inG.I. Joe: Retaliation.

On 23 June 2012, Lee, along with Ahn Sung-ki , became the second Asians after director John Woo , and first Korean actors to leave their hand and foot prints on the forecourt of Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles . He was recognised as an emerging star in Hollywood for his role of Storm Shadow inG.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobraand its sequelG.I. Joe: Retaliation.

Lee will next appear in the American filmRED 2, the sequel to the 2010 action-comedy hitRED, alongside Bruce Willis , Catherine Zeta Jones , Helen Mirren and John Malkovich .The film is scheduled to be released in 2013.

Other work

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.

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 Lee Byung Hun's 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 dated hisAll Inco-star Song Hye-kyo . They broke up in 2004.In Lee Byung-hun spare time he practices taekwondo.

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 Lee Byung Hun's Filmography


YearTitleKorean titleRole
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 HERON/A 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 RainN/A Su Dongpo
G.I. Joe: The Rise of CobraN/A Storm Shadow
2010 Iris: The Movie 아이리스 Kim Hyun-jun
The Influence 인플루언스 W
I Saw the Devil 악마를 보았다 Kim Soo-hyeon
2012 Gwanghae 광해:왕이된 남자 King Gwanghae, Beggar Ha-sun
2013 G.I. Joe: RetaliationN/A Storm Shadow
Red 2N/A


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
Love Story- 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)

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 Lee Byung Hun's Discography


Album #Album InformationTracklisting
1 Lee Byung Hun - To Me
  • Released: August 1, 1999
  • Label: Doremi Media Co., Ltd
  • Language: Korean


Single #Single InformationTracklisting
1 いつか

Itsuka (Someday)

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


2010 "Stay" IrisOST
"Endless Road" IrisOST

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 Lee Byung Hun's Awards and nominations


  • 2011 Korean Popular Culture and Arts Award - President's Award
  • 2011 47th Baeksang Arts Awards - Grand Prize award for Film forI Saw the Devil
  • 2010 Style Icon Awards: Style Icon of the Year
  • 2010 Tokyo Drama Awards - Best Actor in Asia forIris
  • 2010 5th Seoul International Drama Awards - Hallyu Star Male Actor forIris
  • 2010 5th Asian-Pacific Producers Networks Awards - APN Award
  • 2010 14th China Music Awards and Asian Influential Awards - Best Asian Influential International Actor
  • 2010 46th Baeksang Arts Awards : Best Actor in a TV Drama forIris
  • 2010 Green Planet Movie Awards - 10 Best International Actors of the Decade (Asia)
  • 2010 1st Seoul Arts & Culture Award - Best TV Actor forIris
  • 2010 5th Asia Model Festival Awards: Asia Star Award
  • 2009 KBS Drama Acting Awards : Grand Prize (Daesang) forIris
  • 2009 KBS Drama Acting Awards : Netizen Popularity Award forIris
  • 2009 KBS Drama Acting Awards : Best Couple with Kim Tae-hee forIris
  • 2009 30th Blue Dragon Film Awards : Popularity Award
  • 2006 42nd Baeksang Arts Awards : Best Actor in a Film forA Bittersweet Life
  • 2005 13th Chunsa Film Art Awards : Best Actor forA Bittersweet Life
  • 2005 25th Critics Choice Awards: Best Actor forA Bittersweet Life
  • 2003 39th Baeksang Arts Awards : Best Actor in a Drama forAll In
  • 2003 SBS Drama Awards: Grand Prize (Daesang) forAll In
  • 2003 SBS Drama Awards: Top 10 Stars Award forAll In
  • 2001 SBS Drama Awards: i-Star Award forBeautiful Days
  • 2001 SBS Drama Awards: Top 10 Stars Award forBeautiful Days
  • 2001 22nd Blue Dragon Film Awards : Popularity Award
  • 2000 1st Pusan Film Critics Awards : Best Actor forJoint Security Area
  • 1996 32nd Baeksang Arts Awards : Male Excellence Award (TV category) forSon of Wind
  • 1996 34th Grand Bell Awards : Best New Actor forRunaway
  • 1995 6th Chunsa Film Art Awards : Best New Actor forWho Drives Me Mad?
  • 1995 KBS Drama Acting Awards : Male Excellence Award forSon Of Wind
  • 1993 KBS Drama Acting Awards : Male Excellence Award forTomorrow Love
  • 1992 KBS Drama Acting Awards : Best New Actor forDay of Sunrise


  • 2010 31st Blue Dragon Film Awards - nominated Best Actor forI Saw the Devil
  • 2010 47th Grand Bell Awards - nominated Best Actor forI Saw the Devil
  • 2009 Asian Film Awards - nominated Best Supporting Actor forThe Good, the Bad, the Weird
  • 2008 29th Blue Dragon Film Awards - nominated Best Actor forThe Good, the Bad, the Weird
  • 2007 15th Chunsa Film Art Awards - nominated Best Actor forOnce in a Summer
  • 2005 26th Blue Dragon Film Awards - nominated Best Actor forA Bittersweet Life
  • 2005 42nd Grand Bell Awards - nominated Best Actor forA Bittersweet Life
  • 2002 23rd Blue Dragon Film Awards - nominated Best Actor forAddicted
  • 2001 22nd Blue Dragon Film Awards - nominated Best Actor forBungee Jumping of Their Own
  • 2001 38th Grand Bell Awards - nominated Best Actor forBungee Jumping of Their Own
  • 2000 21st Blue Dragon Film Awards - nominated Best Actor forJoint Security Area
  • 2000 37th Grand Bell Awards - nominated Best Actor forThe Harmonium in My Memory

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 Lee Byung Hun's References

  1. http://www.yesasia.com/us/yumcha/lee-byung-hun-man-of-the-world/0-0-0-arid.209-en/featured-article.html
  2. "Joint Security Area". koreanfilm.org. http://koreanfilm.org/kfilm00.html. Retrieved 2010-10-28. 
  3. http://www.korean-drama-guide.com/List-of-Pusan-Film-Critics-Awards.html
  4. "Bungee Jumping of Their Own". koreanfilm.org. http://koreanfilm.org/kfilm00.html. Retrieved 2010-10-28. 
  5. Drama Awards' past Daesang winners Electric Ground. December 27, 2010.
  6. http://www.imdb.com/event/ev0001111/2006
  7. Chen, Ross. "Everybody Has Secrets (KOREA 2004)". lovehkfilm.com. http://www.lovehkfilm.com/panasia/everybody_has_secrets.htm. Retrieved 2010-10-28. 
  8. "Festival de Cannes: A Bittersweet Life". festival-cannes.com. http://www.festival-cannes.com/en/archives/ficheFilm/id/4280559/year/2005.html. Retrieved 2011-01-01. 
  9. Obsessedwithfilm.com
  10. IESB.net - Movie News, Reviews, Interviews and More! - UPDATED WITH STUDIO CONFIRMATION - GI Joe Casting!
  11. "Lee Byung-hun in Expensive Spy Drama Series IRIS". Beyond Hollywood. http://www.beyondhollywood.com/lee-byung-hun-in-expensive-spy-drama-series-iris. 
  12. http://www.mb.com.ph/node/236653/gi-joe-
  13. http://www.allkpop.com/2010/03/winners-at-the-46th-baeksang-awards-ceremony
  14. "Good Becomes Evil in 'I Saw the Devil' Trailer!". BloodyDisgusting. http://www.bloody-disgusting.com/news/20358. 
  15. http://sundance.slated.com/2011/films/isawthedevil_sundance2011
  16. http://www.allkpop.com/2011/05/winners-of-the-47th-baeksang-arts-awards-t-o-p-park-yoochun-wins-awards
  17. Park Soo-mee. "Lee Byung-hun to Reprise 'G.I. Joe' Role". The Hollywood Reporter. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/lee-byung-hun-reprise-gi-72401. 
  18. "‘G.I. Joe 2′ Gets a Release Date; But Will We See The Cast Return?". The Film Stage. http://thefilmstage.com/2011/03/04/g-i-joe-2-gets-a-release-date-but-will-we-see-the-cast-return. 
  19. "Ahn Sung-ki, Lee Byung-hun to Leave Handprints in Hollywood". Chosun Ilbo. 26 April 2012. http://english.chosun.com/site/data/html_dir/2012/04/26/2012042600800.html. Retrieved 4 May 2012. 
  20. http://collider.com/red-2-cathertin-zeta-jones-bruce-willis/165440/
  21. Schwartz, Terri (2012-05-11). "'Red 2' Adds Catherine Zeta-Jones, Byung-Hun Lee". MTV News. Viacom. http://splashpage.mtv.com/2012/05/11/red-2-catherine-zeta-jones-byung-hun-lee/. Retrieved 2012-05-11. 
  22. http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/SH/SH_EN_7_2.jsp?cid=1017491
  23. http://www.dramabeans.com/2008/10/interview-from-the-drama-set-with-song-hye-gyo/
  24. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SQ7cnEv75tw
  25. "Byung-Hun Lee Talks Storm Shadow and "G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra". Comic Book Resources. http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=22451. Retrieved 2012-05-13. 
  26. "Q&A - G.I. Joe Star Byung-hun Lee Explains Storm Shadow's Martial Arts Style". ACMTV. http://blogs.amctv.com/movie-blog/2009/08/byung-hun-lee-interview.php. Retrieved 2012-05-13. 
  27. "Lee Byung-hun to star in ‘The Prince and the Pauper’ remake" JoongAng Ilbo 15 November 2011. Retrieved 2011-11-23
  28. http://www.yesasia.com/us/lee-byung-hun-to-me/6111-0-0-0-en/info.html
  29. http://www.yesasia.com/us/itsuka-normal-edition-japan-version/1011975338-0-0-0-en/info.html
  30. http://www.allkpop.com/2011/05/winners-of-the-47th-baeksang-arts-awards-t-o-p-park-yoochun-wins-awards
  31. http://www.allkpop.com/2010/09/5th-annual-seoul-international-drama-awards-2010
  32. http://m.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/special/2010/12/178_71196.html
  33. http://www.movie-voters.com/3001.html
  34. http://10.asiae.co.kr/Articles/new_view.htm?sec=ent0&a_id=2010022318231953641
  35. http://www.allkpop.com/2009/12/kbs_acting_awards_winners
  36. http://www.imdb.com/event/ev0001111/2006
  37. http://www.imdb.com/event/ev0001546/2009
  38. http://www.cinemasie.com/en/fiche/prix/25/

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