Lee Je-hoon

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Lee Je-hoon
Lee Je-hoon at KAFA 10th anniversary, 1 September 2016 02.jpg
Born (1984-07-04) July 4, 1984 (age 33)
South Korea
Education Korea National University of Arts - School of Drama
Occupation Actor
Years active 2006-present
Korean name
Revised Romanization I Je-hun
McCune–Reischauer I Che-hun

Lee Je-hoon (Hangul이제훈, born July 4, 1984) is a South Korean actor. He started his career in indie films, then went on to appear in commercial films like The Front Line (2011), Architecture 101 (2012) and My Paparotti (2013), and television series like Fashion King (2012), Secret Door (2014), Signal (2016) and Tomorrow With You (2017).



When Lee Je-hoon realized that he wanted to go into acting, he dropped out of the Biotechnology major at Korea University and transferred to the School of Drama at Korea National University of Arts.[1] From 2006 to 2010, Lee appeared in more than 18 student shorts and indie films, notably the queer coming-of-age romance Just Friends?.[2] He also appeared as an extra in a number of commercial films, including erotic thriller The Servant and romantic comedy Finding Mr. Destiny.[3]

2011–2012: Breakthrough[edit]

Then Lee had his breakthrough in 2011. He received critical raves for his performances as a manipulative alpha-male in the haunting indie Bleak Night,[4][5][6] and as a morphine-addicted squad leader in big-budget war film The Front Line.[7][8][9] He gained mainstream popularity as a shy college student pining for his first love in box-office hit Architecture 101,[3][10] and though the television series Fashion King was poorly received, his role as a struggling young chaebol heir in Korea's fashion industry further showcased his versatility.[11][3]

Lee next starred opposite acclaimed veteran actor Han Suk-kyu in the comedy-drama My Paparotti, which focuses on the special relationship between a high school gang member who dreams of becoming a singer like the late tenor Luciano Pavarotti, and the music teacher who helps him pursue his dream.[12][13] He next starred in Ghost Sweepers,[14] dubbed the character Jack Frost for the Korean release of 3D animated film Rise of the Guardians,[15] and featured in the crime thriller An Ethics Lesson.[16]

2012–2014: Enlistment[edit]

Lee enlisted on October 25, 2012 for his mandatory military service as a member of the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency riot police.[17][18] He was discharged on July 24, 2014.[19][20]

2014–present: Comeback and success[edit]

For his comeback project, Lee chose Secret Door, a period drama about Crown Prince Sado who was controversially executed through death by starvation by his father King Yeongjo; the series reunited him with Han Suk-kyu.[21] This was followed by the Jo Sung-hee-directed film Phantom Detective, a modern retelling of the eponymous folk hero Hong Gil-dong as a private detective in the 1990s.[22]

In 2016, Lee starred in tvN's fantasy crime drama Signal together with Cho Jin-woong and Kim Hye-soo, which was critically and commercially successful.[23][24]

In 2017, Lee starred in the fantasy romance drama Tomorrow With You opposite Shin Min-ah, portraying a CEO of a real estate company who has the ability to travel through time.[25][26] He then starred in the biographical period drama film Anarchist from Colony directed by Lee Joon-ik, playing the character of Park Yeol, a self-proclaimed anarchist and revolutionary activist during the Colonial Era of Japan.[27][28] The same year Lee starred in the film I Can Speak as a civil servant who also tutors English.[29]

In 2018, Lee is set to star in the film Hunting Time directed by Yoon Sung-hyun.[30]



Year Title Role Notes
2007 They Live by Night Private Shin short film
Placebo short film
Small Town Rivals Chun-sam's friend
2008 Ah Man short film
Holy Vacation Kang Young-woon short film
2009 Just Friends? Seok-i short film
언어생활 Kyung-min short film
When Winter Comes short film
The Pit and the Pendulum young Sang-tae
2010 The Influence Sunjong
The Servant Hanbok maker
Finding Mr. Destiny Woo-hyung
Maldives Express Eun-seok short film
A Dog Came Into My Flash Son/Twenty-something man short film
Miss Communication Male book designer short film
Ghost (Be With Me) Kim Se-young segment: "Tarot 3. The Unseen"
2011 Bleak Night Ki-tae
The Front Line Captain Shin Il-young
2012 Architecture 101 Lee Seung-min in the past
Ghost Sweepers Suk-hyun
Rise of the Guardians Jack Frost (voice) animated; Korean dubbed
2013 An Ethics Lesson Kim Jung-hoon
My Paparotti Lee Jang-ho
늦은 후...愛 short film (SMPA PSA);
credited as assistant director
2016 Phantom Detective Hong Gil-dong
2017 Anarchist from Colony Park Yeol
I Can Speak Park Min-jae
2018 Hunting Time TBA

Television series[edit]

Year Title Role Network
2010 Three Sisters Kim Eun-gook SBS
2012 Fashion King Jung Jae-hyuk
2014 Secret Door Yi Sun, later Crown Prince Sado
2016 Signal Park Hae-young tvN
2017 Tomorrow With You Yoo So-joon


Year Song title Notes
2012 "Love Like This" Track from Fashion King OST[31]
2013 "The Person That Makes You Happy" Track from My Paparotti OST;
Duet with Han Suk-kyu

Goodwill ambassador[edit]

  • 2016 Honorary Ambassador of Korean Academy of Film Arts (KAFA) by Korean Film Council[32]
  • 2016 Honorary Ambassador of Korea National Police Agency's Human Rights[33]
  • 2016 Honorary Ambassador of Oxfam Korea[34]
  • 2017 Honorary Ambassador of Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism.[35]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2011 20th Buil Film Awards Best New Actor The Front Line Won
Best Dressed N/A Won
48th Grand Bell Awards Best New Actor Bleak Night Won [36]
Best New Actor The Front Line Nominated
31st Korean Association of Film Critics Awards Best New Actor Won [37]
32nd Blue Dragon Film Awards Best New Actor Bleak Night Won [38]
19th Korean Culture and Entertainment Awards Best New Actor (Film) The Front Line Won [39]
2012 3rd KOFRA Film Awards Best New Actor Bleak Night Won
6th Asian Film Awards Best Supporting Actor The Front Line Nominated
48th Baeksang Arts Awards Best New Actor (Film) Architecture 101 Nominated
6th Mnet 20's Choice Awards 20's Male Movie Star N/A Won [40]
16th Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival Fantasia Award N/A Won [41]
2014 10th Jecheon International Music & Film Festival Best Actor in a Music Film My Paparotti Won [42]
CGV Arthouse Opening Ceremony Plaque for Rising Star in Independent Film Bleak Night Won
22nd SBS Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Serial Drama Secret Door Won
Top 10 Stars Won
2016 tvN10 Awards Best Actor Signal Nominated
PD's Choice Award, Drama Won
1st Asia Artist Awards Best Celebrity Award, Actor Nominated
Korea Top Star Awards Popular Star Award Phantom Detective Won [43]
KAFA 10th Anniversarry Award Actor Special Merit Award N/A Won
2017 26th Buil Film Awards Best Actor Anarchist from Colony Nominated
54th Grand Bell Awards Best Actor Nominated
20th Amnesty International Awards Special Prize I Can Speak Won


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  3. ^ a b c Lee, Claire (11 June 2012). "Lee Je-hoon evolves". The Korea Herald. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  4. ^ Beck, Una (3 March 2011). "PREVIEW: Film Bleak Night". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  5. ^ Cho, Jae-eun (25 March 2011). "No easy answers in complex portrait of teen angst". Korea JoongAng Daily. Archived from the original on 27 January 2013. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  6. ^ Young, Neil (15 February 2011). "Bleak Night: Film Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  7. ^ Lee, Hyo-won (11 July 2011). "Front brings harrowing views of war". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  8. ^ Elley, Derek (27 July 2011). "The Front Line". Film Business Asia. Archived from the original on 13 May 2012. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  9. ^ Kuipers, Richard (23 October 2011). "The Front Line". Variety. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
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  14. ^ ""Fortune Tellers" cast members foretell the film's success at press conference". 10Asia. 29 August 2012. 
  15. ^ Lee, Claire (24 October 2012). "Four local actors voice Hollywood-animated film". The Korea Herald. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
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  17. ^ "Lee to start for military service Oct. 25". The Korea Herald. 23 August 2012. 
  18. ^ "Lee Je-hoon to work for Police's PR division". Korea JoongAng Daily. 24 August 2012. 
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  20. ^ "Lee Je-hoon Out of the Military". The Chosun Ilbo. 25 July 2014. Retrieved 2014-07-25. 
  21. ^ Lee, Sun-young; Chung, Joo-won; Ahn, Sung-mi (16 September 2014). "New TV dramas to look out for". The Korea Herald. Retrieved 2014-09-18. 
  22. ^ Kim, June (6 January 2015). "Hong Gil-dong to be Made into a Film". Korean Film Biz Zone. 
  23. ^ Radwa Ashraf (9 December 2015). ""Signal": a paranormal cop drama debuts in 2016". The Asian. Retrieved 2017-07-21. 
  24. ^ "'Signal' stars maintaining the momentum". Korea JoongAng Daily. 15 March 2016. 
  25. ^ "Shin Min-a, Lee Je-hoon join new tvN drama". Korea JoongAng Daily. 12 August 2016. 
  26. ^ Park Jin-hai (23 January 2017). ""Tomorrow with You" revolves around secret time traveller". The Korea Times. 
  27. ^ "Lee Je-hoon's radical transformation in historical film". The Korea Herald. 25 April 2017. 
  28. ^ "[Herald Interview] What it was like to be 'the most unruly Korean': Lee Je-hoon". The Korea Herald. 18 June 2016. 
  29. ^ "Lee Je-hoon cast as English tutor in new film". The Korea Herald. 20 March 2017. Retrieved 2017-07-21. 
  30. ^ "YOON Sung-hyun's HUNTING TIME Locks Down Cast". Korean Film Biz Zone. 23 November 2017. 
  31. ^ Ho, Stewart (22 May 2012). "Fashion King's Lee Je Hoon Sings for His Drama OST". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  32. ^ "Actors made honorary KAFA ambassadors". Korea JoongAng Daily. 12 August 2016. 
  33. ^ "Lee Je Hoon appointed as National Police Agency's Human Rights Ambassador". Yahoo News. Star News. 22 April 2016. 
  34. ^ "Lee Je-hoon collaborates with Oxfam for refugees in Africa". Kpop Herald. 15 March 2016. 
  35. ^ "Lee Je-hoon named biennale ambassador". Korea JoongAng Daily. 3 August 2017. 
  36. ^ "Kim Ha-neul, Park Hae-il get top honors at Daejong Film Awards". The Korea Herald. 18 October 2011. 
  37. ^ "The Front Line wins big at Korean Critics Awards". Korean Film Biz Zone. 14 November 2011. 
  38. ^ "'The Unjust' best picture at Blue Dragon Awards". The Korea Herald. 27 November 2011. 
  39. ^ "So Ji-sub, Park Hae-il, Lee Tae-gon win top prize at culture and entertainment ceremony". 10Asia. 16 December 2011. 
  40. ^ "Winners announced at 6th Mnet 20's Choice Awards". Asiae. 29 June 2012. 
  41. ^ Hong, Lucia (20 July 2012). "Min Hyo-rin, Lee Je-hoon at 2012 PiFan opening ceremony". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  42. ^ "Lee Je Hoon and Shim Eun Kyung Win Awards at Jecheon International Music and Film Festival". Soompi. 17 August 2014. Retrieved 2015-08-11. 
  43. ^ "Actors Gong Hyo-jin, Cho Jung-seok, Cho Jin-woong win top star award". Yonhap News Agency. Retrieved 2016-12-29. 

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