Lee Jun Ki


Lee Jun-ki(born April 17, 1982, in Busan , South Korea ) is a South Korean actor, model and singer, who Koreans regard as a quintessential kkonminam idol. He rose to fame as Gong-gil inThe King and the Clown. In August 2009, Lee Jun Ki was appointed an ambassador for Korea tourism by the Korea Tourism Organization.

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 Lee Jun Ki's Early life

In his adolescent years, Lee was a fairly normal individual who enjoyed sports and computers. He first became interested in the performing arts as a high school student after watching a performance ofHamlet.Lee initially did not get into college and instead moved to Seoul with almost nothing in his pocket, but a dream to work in the entertainment industry.For the next couple of years, Lee worked at various part-time jobs, before gaining acceptance into the Seoul Institute of the Arts .

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 Lee Jun Ki's Career

The King and the Clown

Lee Jun Ki at a King and the Clown fan meeting in the Shilla Hotel, Jeju Island.

In 2005, his first major acting role came inThe King and the Clown(왕의 남자), in which he took on the role of a somewhat feminine clown in the late 15th century. Lee faced the challenge as a male actor of playing out Gongil's femininity, which attracts the attention of many other men in the film. The film became one of the highest grossing South Korean-made movies in South Korea, unexpectedly replacingTaegukgias the most-watched film in Korean history with over 12.3 million viewers.Lee's salary for the role was a comparatively low US$ 100,000.[dead link]

Lee was against the halving of screen quotas in South Korea that allows foreign films to be shown in theaters on certain days, while domestic films are allotted another amount of days. He believed that without the screen quotas,The King and the Clownwould not have been as successful in competing against foreign films.

Producer Lee Jun Ik revealed the story of how he chose Lee forThe King and the Clownby just seeing him do handstands, saying, "Just because of handstands, Lee Jun Ki became the person he is today."After the film, Lee became "an icon" of the South Korean "pretty boy" aesthetic.

Lee has since tried to diminish his pretty boy image. Lee said Gong-gil’s character inThe King and the Clownfelt like a foot chain for him so he wanted to escape from it, stating, "After my performance inThe King and the Clown, I found myself at the forefront of this ‘pretty boy’ trend, whether or not that was my intention. Suddenly, people were interested in me, and there was all this praise and criticism all at the same time. Everything was just so overwhelming. I felt like I was floating on air."Lee revealed that there are times where he feels gloomy and can’t find answers to his questions but he hopes to not give up his acting no matter what happens and die while acting, showing his passion and love for acting.

Overseas popularity

Lee Jun Ki in Shanghai

His next role was as a supporting character on the SBS 'sMy Girltogether with Miss Korea, Park Si Yeon, Lee Da Hae , and Lee Dong Wook . His movie,Fly, Daddy, Flygarnered much attention and media coverage among Chinese viewers.However, there was criticism that both of these have "either fallen short of expectations at the box office or cast Lee in minor roles."

Lee's popularity overseas is noted, where in the 19th Tokyo International Film Festival , he was "was enthroned as the top star".During the Shanghai International Film Festival , Lee was approached by acclaimed Chinese director Chen Kaige , who proposed that the two should make a film together in China, to which Lee responded, "I'd love to make the movie if the script is good and the character is right."In 2007, Lee filmed a joint Korea - Japan movie entitledVirgin Snowwith Japanese actress Aoi Miyazaki , in which he plays a Korean exchange student.Lee explained why he joined the cast saying, "I hope this film helps improve friendly relations between the two nations."Virgin Snowwas successful; it placed 9th at the box office and set a record for a Korean film released in Japan.

He also starred in the action dramaTime Between Dog And Wolf, his first lead role. From September 4 to October 5, at the 2008 Seoul Drama Festival 14th ceremony, Yahoo! Korea and Yahoo! Japan, together conducted a survey on who was the best between Korean and Japanese actors.The survey totaled 27 million online votes, and the most popular TV drama beingTime Between Dog and Wolfwith the total of 59.9 percent with overwhelming support from the fans.Coming in second place was KBS 2 TV’s Hong Gil Dong with the total of 39 percent and coming in third place was MBC ’s Coffee Prince with the total of 1.5 percent.The best male actor and female actress went to the main characters Lee and Nam Sang Mi .

At the 27th Hawaii International Film Festival , it was announced that Lee would be that year's recipient of its Rising Star award.The award acknowledged the actor's work, media image, and growing star-power in the global arena.The festival, which ran through October 18– 28 , presented the award at "An Evening with Lee Jun-ki" on Friday, October 19He also had a role in the Korean filmMay 18, about the events surrounding the Gwangju Massacre of 1980, which was given the Gold Orchid Best Feature Film for 2007.The film sold over six million tickets at the Korean box office.

Return to Korea

From April to July 2008, Lee participated in the filming for SBS 's TV seriesIljimae, a period drama in which he starred as a Robin Hood -esque character during the Chosun era.Its first episode aired on May 21, 2008 with 15.4% program rating. From then its program rating increased andIljimaefinished airing on July 24, with 31.4% program rating, one of the highest ratings of the year, and earned him high honors in the 2008 SBS Drama Awards.The drama later aired in Japan on the channel TV Tokyo .

In November 2009, Lee was the lead role in the comedic-action drama,Hero, which aired on the station MBC .

Military career

On 3 May 2010, Lee enlisted in the Republic of Korea Army to serve his mandatory military service .He served within the public relations department of the Ministry of National Defense and after serving 21 months of active duty, was discharged on 16 February 2012 from the Defense Media Agency in Yongsan, Seoul.

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 Lee Jun Ki's Dispute with Mentor Entertainment

In September 2008, Lee had a contractual dispute with his agency Mentor Entertainment . Lee was being sued for 500 million won for breaching his contract and for supposedly hiding 1 billion won in an attempt to "established his own agency in association with his manager".

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 Lee Jun Ki's Korea Hallyu and Tourism Ambassador

On July 29, 2008, Lee had a conference for the Hallyu Festival, he was chosen as the Ambassador for the 2008 Seoul Hallyu Festival .Lee was later entrusted as the Honorary Legal System Officer in the Government Legislation Agency's 60th year anniversary.Lee said, "When I’m choosing my work, I would like to choose one that involves working with other countries. Instead of showing off being a Hallyu Star, I will try my best to show good images for those who love Korea."During the ceremony, Lee was appointed as the first Honorary Legal System Officer since the constitution of the Government Legislation Agency due to his acting role in SBS 'sIljimae.

On August 5, 2009, Lee was appointed as the new promotional ambassador of the Korea Tourism Organization .Lee said of his appointment, "I enjoyed working as an honorary ambassador of hallyu last year. I'm proud of being appointed as tourism ambassador this time, and will try my best to promote Korea."

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 Lee Jun Ki's Discography

  1. "Together"
  2. "The Rain"
  3. "Born Again"
  4. "Folk Rock"
  1. "J Style"
  2. "Soliloquy"
  3. "I'm Ready"(2009)
  4. "The Giving Tree"
  1. "Pinky Finger"
  1. "Fly High" feat. Seo In Young
  1. "One Word"
  2. "Don't Know Love"
  3. "Foolish Love" (Babo Sarang)

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 Lee Jun Ki's Filmography



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 Lee Jun Ki's Awards

  • Honorary Tourism Ambassador for Korea Tourism Organization (KTO)
  • Mnet 20's Choice Awards : Male Popularity Award
  • Honorary Ambassador for Seoul Hallyu Festival
  • Honorary Legal System Officer (名譽法制官)
  • Seoul Drama 2008 (Most Popular Actor for "Time Between Dog and Wolf")
  • 2008 SBS Drama Awards: Top Excellence Award
  • 2008 SBS Drama Awards: Netizen Popularity Award
  • 2008 SBS Drama Awards: Top 10 Stars Award
  • 10th Annual Shanghai International Film Festival : Overseas Star Award
  • 27th Hawaii International Film Festival : Rising Star Award
  • MBC Drama Awards : Excellence Award (for Time Between Dog & Wolf)[citation needed]
  • China Fashion Awards: South Korean Artist of the Year
  • 2007 Andre Kim's: New and Superior Star Award
  • 2007 43rd Baeksang Arts Awards: Popularity Award
  • 27th Blue Dragon Film Awards :Popularity Award (With Kang Sung Yeon , King And Clown)
  • 27th Blue Dragon Film Awards :Best On-Screen Couple Award (With Gam Woo Seong , King And Clown)
  • Mnet MKMF Awards: Music Video Award Grace Lee Soo Young
  • 5th Korea Film Awards Best New Actor Award The King and the Clown
  • 43rd Daejong Film Festival: Most Popular Actor Overseas Award The King and the Clown
  • 43rd Daejong Film Festival: Popularity Award The King and the Clown
  • 43rd Daejong Film Festival: Best New Actor Award The King and the Clown
  • 42nd Baeksang Arts Awards: Best New Actor Award The King and the Clown
  • 42nd Baeksang Arts Awards: Popularity Award The King and the Clown
  • 42nd Baeksang Arts Awards: 'In style' Fashion Award
  • Netizen's Choice Awards: Best New Actor Award The King and the Clown
  • Max Movie: Best Actor Award The King and the Clown

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 Lee Jun Ki's Footnotes

  1. ^Original text: "작품을 선택할 때 외국과의 합작할 수 있는 데 욕심이 있다. 기존 한류스타로서 위세 부린다는 느낌이 아닌, 한국을 사랑해주시는 모든 분들게 멋진 모습을 보여주기 위해 노력할 것"

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 Lee Jun Ki's References

  1. "이준기 영화배우" (in Korean). Naver Profiles. http://people.search.naver.com/search.naver?sm=tab_txc&where=people_profile&ie=utf8&query=%EC%9D%B4%EC%A4%80%EA%B8%B0&os=161222. Retrieved 6 August 2011. 
  2. His Christian name is "Peter" (베드로)
  3. "Lee Jun-ki, a public high school photo bangsongban 'popular girls'" (in Korean). MSN News (Newsen). 2009-11-11. http://news.msn.co.kr/article/read.html?cate_code=8200&article_id=200911111612125001&from=PhotoList. Retrieved 2009-11-16. 
  4. "Lee Hyo Lee arranged a blind date with Lee Jun-ki and Boa" (in Korean). Chosun. 2009-04-30. http://news.chosun.com/site/data/html_dir/2009/04/30/2009043000918.html. Retrieved 2009-11-16. 
  5. "왕의 남자 (The King and the Clown)" (in Korean). http://www.kofic.or.kr/b_movdata/b_13movinfo.jsp?MVIE_CODE=T050333N. Retrieved 2009-11-16. 
  6. "King and Clown Star Works Hard for Little Pay". Chosun. 2006-07-27. Archived from the original on June 16, 2008. http://web.archive.org/web/20080616180847/http://english.chosun.com/w21data/html/news/200607/200607270009.html. Retrieved 2009-11-16. 
  7. "S. Korea faces tough decision to pick its choice for foreign film Oscar". Yonhap News. 2006-09-19. http://english.yna.co.kr/Engnews/20060919/670000000020060919103228E4.html. Retrieved 2009-11-16. 
  8. Sung-jin, Kim (2006-01-26). "Korea to halve screen quota". Korea Times. http://www.bilaterals.org/article.php3?id_article=3669. Retrieved 2009-11-16. 
  9. "Lee Jun-ki 'against screen quota' one-man protest in the 1,000 crowd" (in Korean). Dongailbo. 2006-02-12. http://www.dongailbo.co.kr/fbin/output?f=jr_&n=200602120089. Retrieved 2009-11-16. 
  10. "Lee Jun Ki was cast in 'The King and the Clown' for doing handstands very well" (in Korean). Newsen. 2008-12-13. http://kr.news.yahoo.com/service/news/shellview.htm?linkid=16&articleid=20081213085920354e7&newssetid=83. Retrieved 2009-11-16. 
  11. Jung, Sun (April 2009). "The Shared Imagination of Bishōnen, Pan-East Asian Soft Masculinity". Intersections: Gender and Sexuality in Asia and the Pacific (Australian National University) (20). http://intersections.anu.edu.au/issue20/jung.htm. Retrieved 2009-11-16. 
  12. Hyung-eun, Kim (2009-07-10). "Pretty boy Lee shows off his introspective side". http://joongangdaily.joins.com/article/view.asp?aid=2907210. Retrieved 2009-11-16. 
  13. "Chinese Netizens: KBS among Top 10 Firms". KBS Global. 2006-09-26. http://english.kbs.co.kr/news/newsview_sub.php?menu=5&key=2006092614. Retrieved 2009-11-16. 
  14. "Lee Jun-ki: Proof that the K-Wave Rolls On". Chosun (English). 2006-10-26. Archived from the original on May 31, 2008. http://web.archive.org/web/20080531073434/http://english.chosun.com/w21data/html/news/200610/200610260001.html. Retrieved 2009-11-16. 
  15. "Lee Jun-ki Approached to Star in Chinese Movie". Chosun (English). 2007-06-20. Archived from the original on March 27, 2008. http://web.archive.org/web/20080327074735/http://english.chosun.com/w21data/html/news/200706/200706200006.html. Retrieved 2009-11-16. 
  16. "Lee Jun-ki Appears in Korea-Japan Joint Film". KBS Global. 2006-09-22. http://english.kbs.co.kr/entertainment/news/1416561_11858.html. Retrieved 2009-11-16. 
  17. "Lee Jun-ki’s Film Places 9th at the Japanese Box Office". KBS Global. 2007-05-17. http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/entertainment/enter_chart_detail.htm?No=5675. Retrieved 2009-11-16. 
  18. "Lee Jun Ki has the honor of being the best actor/actress among the South Korean and Japanese Netizens" (in Korean). 2008-10-13. http://www.donga.com/fbin/output?n=200810130402. Retrieved 2009-11-16. 
  19. Lee, Hyo-won (2007-09-04). "Hawaii Film Fest to Spotlight Lee Jun-ki". Korea Times. http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/art/2010/07/143_9563.html. Retrieved 2009-11-16. 
  20. "Lee Jun-ki to Start Military Service". The Chosun Ilbo. 2010-04-30. http://english.chosun.com/site/data/html_dir/2010/04/30/2010043001100.html. Retrieved 2010-12-24. 
  21. Jeong, Hae-uk (2010-12-15). "김태희,'군인' 이준기에게 전화해서 무슨 말?" (in Korean). The Chosun Ilbo. http://news.chosun.com/site/data/html_dir/2010/12/15/2010121500410.html. Retrieved 2010-12-24. 
  22. "Actor Lee Jun-ki Ready for Comeback After Military Service" The Chosun Ilbo. 17 February 2012. Retrieved 21 February 2012
  23. Park, Si-Soo (2008-09-28). "Actor Lee Jun-ki Faces Lawsuit". Korea Times. http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2008/09/117_31791.html. Retrieved 2009-11-16. 
  24. "이준기 "'일지매' 통해 욕심이 많이 생겼다"" (in Korean). Newsen. 2008-08-11. http://www.newsen.com/news_view.php?news_uid=248815. Retrieved 2009-11-16. 
  25. Kim, Rahn (2008-08-05). "Lee Becomes Tourism Ambassador". Korea Times. http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/special/2009/08/178_49676.html. Retrieved 2009-11-16. 
  26. Han Ji Min and Lee Jun Ki First Couple Outing For Mnet 2009 20's Choice, August 28. Newsen, 2009-08-17. Retrieved on September 11, 2009.
  27. "Lee Jun Ki and Nam Sang Mi smile big with joy" (in Korean). Newsen. 2008-10-14. http://www.newsen.com/news_view.php?news_uid=266064. Retrieved 2009-11-16. 
  28. "Male/Female Top excellence acting awards(SBS Grand Acting Awards ceremony)" (in Korean). My Daily. 2009-01-01. http://kr.news.yahoo.com/service/news/shellview.htm?linkid=16&articleid=2009010100591794594&newssetid=83. Retrieved 2009-11-16. 
  29. 2007 MBC Drama Awards. Popseoul, 2007-12-31. Retrieved on December 31, 2007.
  30. "The 27th Blue Dragon Awards". Korea Society. http://www.koreasociety.org/film_blog/news/the_27th_blue_dragon_awards.html. Retrieved 2009-11-16. 

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