Lee Je-hoon

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Not to be confused with Lee Jae-hoon.
This is a Korean name; the family name is Lee.
Lee Je-hoon
160627 Lee Je-hun.jpg
Born (1984-07-04) July 4, 1984 (age 32)
South Korea
Education Korea National University of Arts - School of Drama
Occupation Actor
Years active 2006-present
Korean name
Hangul 이제훈
Revised Romanization I Je-hun
McCune–Reischauer I Che-hun

Lee Je-hoon (born July 4, 1984) is a South Korean actor. He started his career in indie films, then went on to appear in movies like The Front Line, Architecture 101, My Paparotti and television series like Fashion King, Secret Door and Signal.


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 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]

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]

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] After doing the promotions for Ghost Sweepers, dubbing the character Jack Frost for the Korean release of 3D animated film Rise of the Guardians,[13][14] then filming My Paparotti and An Ethics Lesson, Lee enlisted on October 25, 2012 for his mandatory military service as a member of the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency riot police.[15][16][17] He was discharged on July 24, 2014.[18][19]

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.[20] This was followed by the Jo Sung-hee-directed film Detective Hong Gil-Dong, a modern retelling of the eponymous folk hero as a private detective in the 1990s.[21]

In 2016, Lee starred in Signal as lieutenant Park Hae-young. He acted alongside veteran actors Kim Hye-soo and Jo Jin-woong.

Lee has confirmed to star in the upcoming tvN drama, tentatively titled Tomorrow With You. Lee will be portraying a man working at a real-estate firm, who also happens to be a time-traveler. He will act alongside Shin Min-a, who will play as his wife. The drama will be 100% pre-produced and is slated to air on 2017. [22]



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[23]
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

Television series[edit]

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

Variety show[edit]

Year Title Network Notes
2012 Happy Together KBS2 Guest, episode 266
2016 Running Man SBS Guest, episode 298
Happy Together KBS2 Guest, episode 447


Year Song title Notes
2012 "Love Like This" Track from Fashion King OST[24]
2013 "The Person That Makes You Happy" Track from My Paparotti OST;
Duet with Han Suk-kyu

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
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
The Front Line Nominated
31st Korean Association of Film Critics Awards Best New Actor Won
32nd Blue Dragon Film Awards Best New Actor Bleak Night Won
19th Korean Culture and Entertainment Awards Best New Actor (Film) The Front Line Won
2012 3rd KOFRA Film Awards Best New Actor Bleak Night Won
48th Baeksang Arts Awards Best New Actor (Film) Architecture 101 Nominated
6th Mnet 20's Choice Awards 20's Male Movie Star Won
16th Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival Fantasia Award[25] Won
2014 10th Jecheon International Music & Film Festival Best Actor in a Music Film[26] My Paparotti Won
CGV Arthouse Opening Ceremony Plaque for Rising Star in Independent Film Bleak Night Won
SBS Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Serial Drama Secret Door Won
Top 10 Stars Won
Popularity Award Nominated
Best Couple Award with Park Eun-bin Nominated


  1. ^ "Lee Je-hoon drops out of Korea Uni and joins Korea National University of Arts". Hancinema. 9 May 2012. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  2. ^ ‘친구사이?’ 김조광수 감독&서지후&이제훈, "밝은 퀴어 영화를 기대해 달라" [Kim Jo Gwang-soo’s second queer film Friends]. Movieweek (in Korean). 8 June 2009. Retrieved 2012-11-23. 
  3. ^ a b 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. 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. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  9. ^ Kuipers, Richard (23 October 2011). "The Front Line". Variety. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  10. ^ Oh, Mi-jung (15 March 2012). "Lee Je Hoon is Doing Three Things at the Same Time". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  11. ^ Kim, Ji-yeon (9 June 2012). "Interview: Lee Je Hoon Looks Up to His Fellow Actors". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  12. ^ Lee, Tae-ho (9 August 2012). "Lee Jae-hoon, Han Suk-kyu to portray student-teacher relationship in new film". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  13. ^ Lee, Claire (24 October 2012). "Four local actors voice Hollywood-animated film". The Korea Herald. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  14. ^ Oh, Mi-jung (25 October 2012). "Lee Je Hoon Says He'll Return as a Stronger Actor after He Serves His Duties". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  15. ^ Suk, Monica (21 June 2012). "Lee Je-hoon to serve as riot police during second half of 2012". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  16. ^ Lee, Tae-ho (25 July 2012). "Lee Je-hoon to portray police officer in new thriller". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  17. ^ Hong, Lucia (23 August 2012). "Architecture 101 star Lee Jae-hoon's enlistment date set". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  18. ^ Lee, Sun-min (24 July 2014). "Lee Je-hoon completes military duty". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2014-07-25. 
  19. ^ "Lee Je-hoon Out of the Military". The Chosun Ilbo. 25 July 2014. Retrieved 2014-07-25. 
  20. ^ 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. 
  21. ^ Kim, Erika (25 July 2014). "Lee Je Hoon to Star in Movie Detective Hong Gil Dong". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2014-07-26. 
  22. ^ "신민아ㆍ이제훈, tvN 금토극 '내일 그대와' 주연". Yonhap News (in Korean). 10 August 2016. Retrieved 2016-08-10. 
  23. ^ Lee, Claire (24 October 2012). "Four local actors voice Hollywood-animated film". The Korea Herald. Retrieved 2014-08-01. 
  24. ^ Ho, Stewart (22 May 2012). "Fashion King's Lee Je Hoon Sings for His Drama OST". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  25. ^ Hong, Lucia (20 July 2012). "Min Hyo-rin, Lee Je-hoon at 2012 PiFan opening ceremony". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  26. ^ "Lee Je Hoon and Shim Eun Kyung Win Awards at Jecheon International Music and Film Festival". Soompi. 17 August 2014. Retrieved 2015-08-11. 

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