Byung-Hun Lee Byung-Hun Lee

Byung-Hun Lee

Byung Hun Lee is an actor who is recognized as one of the starters of the "Korean Boom" in television and film. Having solidified his position as one of Asia's biggest stars, he is known as one of the Four Kings in Japan. Additionally, he is the only actor to sell out the Tokyo Dome with 45,000 screaming fans. In 2012, he was one of the first two Korean actors ever to be honored with a hand and foot print ceremony at The TLC Chinese Theater. Lee started his acting career in 1991 with a starring role in Korean TV drama "Asphalt, My Hometown". Additional TV projects include "Tomorrow Love", "Police", "Son of Wind", "Happy Together", "Beautiful Days", "All In", and "Iris" in 2009. Although much of his early success came from television dramas, Lee's real passion is in films. His breakout performance came in 2000 with a starring role in Park Chan Wook's, "JSA". He then followed with Kim Jee Woon's "A Bittersweet Life" which was an official selection of the Cannes Film Festival in 2005. "The Good, the Bad, and the Weird" and "I Come with the Rain" premiered in 2008. Lee's critically acclaimed film "I Saw the Devil" premiered in 2011 at the Sundance Film Festival to rave reviews. Lee's first foray in to Hollywood films came in 2010 with a starring role in "GiJoe: Rise of Cobra." Following the global success of that film, he signed on for "GiJoe 2: Retalitation," which was released in March 2013. His first period piece feature, "Masquerade" was released in late 2012, and was met with stellar reviews from both audiences and critics, and has become the highest grossing period piece in Korean history. He next starred in "Red 2" starring opposite Bruce Willis, Helen Mirren, John Malkovich, and Anthony Hopkins. The film premiered in Korea on July 18, 2013. Korea became the second highest grossing market for the film behind the US. This year Lee will have two Korean films, "Insiders" and "Memories of the Sword" along with Hollywood blockbuster "Terminator: Genisys, where he reprises the role of the T-1000. Lee is recently filmed an Independent US film, "Beyond Deceit", opposite legendary actors Anthony Hopkins and Al Pacino, which is due for a 2016 release.