Lee Byung Hun
For a long time thought of as just another pretty face, Lee eventually earned great praise for his acting, both for his turn in JSA and especially in Bungee Jumping of Their Own. He also starred in the popular television drama Beautiful Days, which screened in spring 2002 on SBS and would later be exported across Asia.
In 2002, Lee starred with actress Lee Mi-yeon in Addicted, a melodrama about two brothers who fall into a coma on the same day. The following spring he also took the lead role in the highly popular TV drama All In, about a successful gambler.
In 2004, Lee appeared opposite actresses Choi Ji-woo, Choo Sang-mi and Kim Hyo-jin in Everybody Has Secrets, a remake of the Irish comedy About Adam. Also that year, several of Lee's TV dramas began to screen in Japan, and his popularity there started to soar. He eventually became even more popular in Japan than he is in Korea.
Then in 2005, Lee appeared in Kim Jee-woon's highly anticipated action-noir A Bittersweet Life. Although the film ended up performing below expectations in both Korea and Japan, it was selected to screen in the Official Selection (out of competition) at the 2005 Cannes Film Festival, giving Lee the opportunity to "walk the red carpet" for his biggest moment of fame.
Lee is fluent in English and able to speak French and Mandarin, in addition to his native Korean. He also has a Westernised name, Brian..
Lee Byung Hun - filmography
Lee Byung Hun facts
5 most recent filmsA Bittersweet Life - 3.5 stars
5 highest-rated filmsA Bittersweet Life - 3.5 stars
5 lowest-rated filmsA Bittersweet Life - 3.5 stars
Most frequent co-starsHwang Jung Min - 1 times - show films
Moon Jung Hyuk - 1 times - show films
Kim Young Chul - 1 times - show films
Kim Roi Ha - 1 times - show films
Shin Mina - 1 times - show films
Most frequent directorsKim Jee Woon - 1 times - show films