Lee Hong-gi

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Not to be confused with Ki Hong Lee.
This is a Korean name; the family name is Lee.
Lee Hong-gi
FTISLAND in Paris, La Cigale, 16.JPG
Lee Hong-gi in Paris, 2015
Background information
Born (1990-03-02) March 2, 1990 (age 25)[1]
Gwangju, Gyeonggi, South Korea
Genres Rock, pop, R&B
Occupation(s) Singer, actor
Years active 2002–present
Labels FNC Entertainment
AI Entertainment Inc. (Japan)
Warner Music (Japan)
Associated acts F.T. Island
Website Official website
Korean name
Hangul 이홍기
Revised Romanization I Hong-gi
McCune–Reischauer Yi Hong-ki

Lee Hong-gi (Hangul: 이홍기; pronounced [iː hoŋɡiː ]; Japanese:イ•ホンギ) is a South Korean idol singer and actor. He is the lead vocalist of the Korean pop/rock band F.T. Island.

Acting career[edit]

Before Lee Hong-gi debuted as a singer with the band FT Island, he was a child actor and made his acting debut in 2002 in the KBS2 TV series Magic Kid Masuri as Masuri's friend.[2] This sitcom gained popularity among elementary school students. He was also featured in Kkangsooni, where he played the character of Eo Soo-bong, and sang for the sitcom's OST.

In 2008, he was offered the lead role in Master of Study, the Korean adaptation of Japanese drama Dragon Zakura. Master of Study should have aired in the beginning of 2009 but due to preproduction difficulties, the drama was postponed to the beginning of 2010 which led FNC Entertainment to refuse Lee's role because of his busy schedule with FT Island.

Lee then played Lysander in a Korean musical theatre version of A Midsummer Night's Dream,[2] where he showcased his singing, acting and dancing skills. In 2009, after a five-year break, he made his acting comeback and took the role of the quirky, but loveable drummer Jeremy in You're Beautiful.[3] To promote the drama, he also contributed solo tracks to the OST, such as "Promise" and "Still/As Ever."[4] He received a New Star Award at the 2009 SBS Drama Awards for his performance. You're Beautiful recorded modest ratings in South Korea, but it became an international success and with it, Lee's worldwide popularity increased.

In April 2011, Lee starred in the TBS Japanese drama Muscle Girl! opposite Yui Ichikawa.[5] This was followed by a 90-minute Korean-Japanese co-production titled Noriko Goes to Seoul, in which he played a young aspiring singer who meets an older woman (Takashima Reiko) who inspires him through hardships to achieve his dream.[6]

In June 2013, he made his big screen debut in the movie Rockin' on Heaven's Door (Korean title: Passionate Goodbye), in which Lee portrayed a rebellious music star who is sent to work in a hospice.[7][8]

Lee began filming Bride of the Century in December 2013, but went on a four-week rest after he dislocated his shoulder and suffered facial fractures.[9][10] He resumed shooting in January 2014, and the drama aired that February.[11][12]

Lee also starred in SBS 'Modern Farmer (모던파머)' alongside Park Minwoo, Lee Hanui, and others. The drama aired from the 18th of October 2014 to the 21st of December 2014, at 20:40 on Saturdays and Sundays.

Music career[edit]

Lee in 2012

In 2007, Lee debuted in the band F.T. Island as the lead singer. He can also rap and beatbox.

Lee decided to pursue a career in singing after he starred in Kkangsooni, for which he sang a song for the soundtrack. At the end of the drama, he performed the song live on stage. He was 13 years old at that time. Impressed by his powerful vocal ability, a few people approached him, not wishing to waste his talent for singing. Then-fledgling label company FNC Entertainment Music signed Lee and fully trained him to become the lead singer of F.T. Island.

During the 2008 SBS Gayo Daejeon, due to F.T. Island's extremely tight concert schedule, Lee became sick and lost his voice due to exhaustion. After the performance, he collapsed and was hospitalized on December 30 for a few days through the New Year.[13][14]

Because of the incident, FNC Entertainment decided to make a subgroup of F.T. Island, called FT Triple, which consisted of just 3 out of the 5 members in the band (without Lee and fellow band member Song Seung-hyun). FT Triple was formed to prevent Lee from over-straining his voice and to allow him to rest for a few minutes while on stage or during a concert. Another reason for the existence of this subgroup is due to Lee's tight schedule with variety shows, filming, recording and other individual activities. The band has sometimes performed in shows without him.

In recent years, Lee has also began composing music, contributing the songs "Black Chocolate" and "Orange Sky" to F.T. Island's Japanese album Rated FT, as well as the title track "Memory" and the song "Always With You" on F.T. Island's Korean mini-album Thanks To, and "Siren" from their latest album The Mood.[15][16] He also composed Japanese songs 'On My Way,' 'Just Please' and 'Born to be a Rock n Roller.'[17][18]

He also sang "I'm Saying," the chart-topping main theme song of the drama The Heirs.

Lee also sang "When Love Comes" which is the ost of the drama Modern Farmer.

Personal life[edit]

Lee Hong-gi in Paris in 2015 at La Cigale

His hobbies include listening to music, playing soccer, cooking and nail art.[2] He is enrolled in Kyunghee University studying theatre and film.[2]

Lee started his own fashion brand 'Skullhong' in June 2014. He designs accessories, jewelry and various nail products.[19]


Soundtrack contributions[edit]

Year Film/Drama/Movie Song's Title
2004 Kangsooni OST To My Friend
2007 Unstoppable Marriage OST Lately I
2009 You're Beautiful OST Still,
2013 The Heirs OST I'm saying
Rockin' on Heaven's Door OST Jump,
2014 Bride of the Century OST Words I Have Yet To Say
Modern Farmer OST When Love Comes,
Do Or Die

Songwriting credits[edit]

Album Song
Rated-FT[15] Black Chocolate
Orange Sky
Thanks to[15] Memory
Always With You
The Mood[16] Siren
Uncharted Future[20] Born To Be Rock’N Roller
New Page On My Way
I Will Intro
Do You Know Why?
To The Light


Television drama[edit]

Year Title Role Network
2002 TV Original Fairytale: Bicycle Thief EBS
Magic Kid Masuri Masuri's friend KBS2
2004 There's Light at the Tip of My Fingernails EBS
Kkangsooni Eo Soo-bong EBS
Freezing Point Hwan-yi MBC
2005 Flower Butterfly and Sunflower EBS
Winter Child EBS
2008 Unstoppable Marriage Sa-baek's friend (cameo, Ep. 62) KBS2
On Air himself (cameo, Ep. 1) SBS
2009 Style himself (cameo, Ep. 6) SBS
You're Beautiful Jeremy SBS
2010 More Charming By the Day chicken delivery guy (cameo, Ep. 111) MBC
My Girlfriend Is a Nine-Tailed Fox Jeremy (cameo, Ep. 16) SBS
2011 Muscle Girl! Yoo Ji-ho TBS
Noriko Goes to Seoul Kim Min-ha KBS2
2013 Cheongdam-dong 111 self tvN
2014 Bride of the Century Choi Kang-joo TV Chosun
Modern Farmer Lee Min-ki SBS


Year Title Role
2013 Rockin' on Heaven's Door Choong-ui
2014 How to Steal a Dog Seok-gu

Variety show[edit]

Year Title Network Notes
2008 Family Outing SBS Ep. 13 & 14
Happy Shares Company SBS
Good Daddy SBS
2009 Inkigayo SBS
Mnet Scandal Idol Show Mnet
2010 100 Points Out of 100 aka Oh! My School KBS2 Regular cast (Ep. 1 - Ep. 12)
Running Man SBS Ep. 9
Hot Brothers MBC Ep. 35
Let's Go Dream Team! Season 2 KBS2 Ep. 15, 20, & 104
2011 Immortal Songs 2 KBS2
Quiz to Change the World MBC Ep. 109 with bandmate Jonghun
Weekly Idol MBC Ep. 15 with F.T. Island members
2012 Weekly Idol MBC Ep. 34 with F.T. Island members
2013 We Got Married Global Edition MBC with Fujii Mina
2014 Cheongdam-dong 111 tvN
In Bed With Boss JTBC Ep. 6 & 7
2015 Witch Hunt JTBC
Golden Fishery aka Radio Star MBC
Running Man (TV series) SBS Ep. 242

Musical theatre[edit]

Year Title Role
2009 A Midsummer Night's Dream Lysander
2014 Vampire[21] Dracula


Year Title
2013 Lee Hong-gi's Nail Art[22]
2014 Hongstargram

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2009 17th Korean Culture and Entertainment Awards[2] Top 10 Singers N/A Won
SBS Drama Awards[2] New Star Award You're Beautiful Won
2010 16th Korean Entertainment Arts Awards[2] Best Male Singer N/A Won
2013 27th Golden Disk Awards InStyle Fashionista Award[23] N/A Won
2014 9th Seoul International Drama Awards Outstanding Korean Drama OST I'm Saying Nominated
16th Seoul International Youth Film Festival Best OST by a Male Artist Nominated


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  2. ^ a b c d e f g "F.T. Island". Korea Tourism Organization. Retrieved 2014-04-03. 
  3. ^ Choi, Ji-eun (27 October 2009). "A.N.JELL actors brighten up Minamishineyo". TenAsia. Retrieved 2014-02-22. 
  4. ^ "Lee Hong Ki Sings You’re Beautiful’s "Still" In Mandarin". Soompi. 2010-07-19. Retrieved 2014-04-03. 
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  6. ^ Hong, Lucia (10 August 2011). "FTIsland's Lee Hong-ki to star in upcoming KBS one-act drama". TenAsia. Retrieved 2014-02-22. 
  7. ^ Hong, Lucia (30 July 2012). "FTIsland Lee Hong-ki to make big screen debut". TenAsia. Retrieved 2014-02-22. 
  8. ^ Sunwoo, Carla (24 May 2013). "Not all is grim when the reaper pays a visit". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2014-02-22. 
  9. ^ Lee, Sun-min (17 December 2013). "Lee Hong-ki injured on ice". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2014-02-22. 
  10. ^ Hwang, Hye-jin (10 January 2014). "FT Island's Lee Hong Gi Resumes Drama Filming After Injury". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2014-02-22. 
  11. ^ Lee, Na-rae (19 February 2014). "FT Island's Lee Hong Gi Chooses Yang Jin Seong Over Park Shin Hye as Ideal Type". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2014-02-22. 
  12. ^ Han, Ji-hee (20 February 2014). "Interview: Bride of the Century Lee Hong-Ki – Yang Jin-Sung". Get It K. Retrieved 2014-02-22. 
  13. ^ 이홍기 실수, 컨디션 안좋아 병원 치료 (in Korean). New Daily. Retrieved 2014-04-03. 
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  15. ^ a b c "FT Island to release EP". Korea Herald. 2013-09-10. Retrieved 2014-04-03. 
  16. ^ a b "FT Island Beats miss A and Trouble Maker to Top Weekly Sales Chart". Soompi. 2013-11-25. Retrieved 2014-04-03. 
  18. ^ kpopstarz.com 5.30.14"Band FTISLAND New Japan Album 'NEW PAGE' Tops Japan Ring Tone Chart"
  19. ^ "FTISLAND’s Lee Hong Ki Launches Website for His Fashion Brand "Skull Hong"". Soompi. 2014-06-10. Retrieved 2015-03-23. 
  20. ^ "FT Island to Release 13th Japanese Single in April". Mwave. 2014-03-11. Retrieved 2014-04-22. 
  21. ^ "FTISLAND’s Lee Hong Ki to Star as Dracula in New Musical "Vampire"". Soompi. 2014-07-01. Retrieved 2015-01-20. 
  22. ^ "FT Island boy publishes nail art book". Korea JoongAng Daily. 25 June 2013. Retrieved 2014-02-22. 
  23. ^ "Winners from the 27th Golden Disk Awards (Day 2)". Allkpop. 16 January 2013. Retrieved 2013-01-16. 

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