Benson Lee

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Benson Lee
Born (1969-11-03) November 3, 1969 (age 48)
Residence Los Angeles, California, USA.
Nationality Korean-American
Occupation Producer, Director, Screenwriter

Benson Lee (born November 3, 1969) is a Korean-American filmmaker.


Benson Lee is an award-winning Korean-American filmmaker who has worked in drama, documentary, and commercial production for over 15 years.


His first documentary, Planet B-Boy, was one of the top-grossing theatrical documentaries of 2008 in the US.[1] His work has aired on HBO, MTV, the Sundance Channel, and has been theatrically distributed to over 30 countries worldwide.

Lee is also working on One Korea 3D, a documentary about a concert for peace (modeled after Live Aid) that will hold simultaneous concerts in both South and North Korea on the same day. This concert will take place in the Fall of 2014.

Narrative Films[edit]

In 1998, with his first feature film Miss Monday, Lee became the first Korean-American filmmaker to be accepted to the Dramatic Competition of the Sundance Film Festival where his film was awarded a Special Grand Jury Prize for Best Actor.[2]

In 2011, Lee directed the 3D Hollywood adaptation of Planet B-Boy titled Battle of the Year for Sony Pictures / Screen Gems, which stars Josh Holloway, Laz Alonso, and Chris Brown. The film was released September 20, 2013.

Lee recently completed the film Seoul Searching, an 80s Teen Comedy about a group of diverse Korean high school teens from around the globe, coming together in 1986 to experience the most important summer of their lives. They meet at a special summer camp in Seoul where they were sent by their parents to learn what it means to be Korean; a side to them they know little about. Although the intentions of the camp were honorable, the activities of the teens were not. The film made its premiere as an official selection of the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, and also stars Justin Chon and Jessika Van.[3]


Lee attended or graduated from the University of Hawaii, New York University and the Fashion Institute of Technology.



  1. ^ Wire, Indie. "indieWIRE INTERVIEW | "Planet B-Boy" Director Benson Lee". Retrieved 5 June 2012. 
  2. ^ Cooper, John. "Miss Monday". Retrieved 6 June 2012. 
  3. ^ Justin Chang, Variety, Sundance Film Festival Announces 2015 Premieres Lineup,
  4. ^ Miss Monday IMDb
  5. ^ Planet B-Boy IMDb
  6. ^ "Josh Holloway Vs. Chris Brown Is the 'Battle of the Year'". Next Movie. Retrieved 23 December 2012. 
  7. ^ Seoul Searching IMDb

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