Phillip Rhee was raised in San Francisco. He is a martial artist, actor, director and film producer who has created, produced and starred in six films, including the Best of the Best film series. The first Best of the Best film has become a cult classic and has also spawned three sequels; Best of the Best II, Best of the Best III and Best of the Best IV.
Rhee decided at an early age to follow in the footsteps of his uncle, who was one of Korea's most prominent film directors. However, because Rhee realized that few opportunities existed for Asian American lead actors in traditional Hollywood films, he began creating, writing, and producing his own films. Rhee jokes that in his first picture, "we needed a convertible car, which was not budgeted, so we just took a car and sawed off the top. . . we just did what we needed to do to make the picture." Armed with his camera and a script, he shot his first film on a shoestring budget. Today, his trademark brand of action films are distributed around the world by Sony Pictures, 20th Century Fox, and Miramax/Dimension Films.
Rhee began studying martial arts at the age of four. He holds the rank of 6th degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do, 3rd degree black belt in Hap Ki Do and 1st degree black belt in Kendo. He is also skilled in Wing Chun and Boxing. He is the younger brother of Simon Rhee.
He currently lives in the Los Angeles vicinity and is working on a screenplay.