Lee Je-hoon

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Lee Je-hoon
181103 이제훈 가산 마리오 아울렛 팬싸인회 17.jpg
Lee at an autograph event in Gasan-dong, November 2018
Born (1984-07-04) July 4, 1984 (age 34)
Seoul, South Korea
EducationKorea National University of Arts - School of Drama
Years active2007–present
AgentSaram Entertainment
Korean name
Revised RomanizationI Je-hun
McCune–ReischauerI Chehun

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) Tomorrow, With You (2017) and Where Stars Land (2018).



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,[2] notably the queer coming-of-age romance Just Friends?.[3][4] He also appeared as an extra in a number of commercial films, including erotic thriller The Servant and romantic comedy Finding Mr. Destiny.[5][6]

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,[7][8][9] and as a morphine-addicted squad leader in big-budget war film The Front Line.[10][11][12] He gained mainstream popularity as a shy college student pining for his first love in box-office hit Architecture 101,[13][14] 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.[15][13]

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.[16][17] He next starred in Ghost Sweepers,[18] dubbed the character Jack Frost for the Korean release of 3D animated film Rise of the Guardians,[19] and featured in the crime thriller An Ethics Lesson.[20]

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.[21][22] He was discharged on July 24, 2014.[23][24]

2014–present: Comeback and success[edit]

Lee in 2016

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.[25][26] 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.[27]

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.[28][29]

In 2017, Lee starred in the fantasy romance drama Tomorrow, With You opposite Shin Min-a, portraying a CEO of a real estate company who has the ability to travel through time.[30][31] 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.[32][33] The same year Lee starred in the film I Can Speak as a civil servant who also tutors English.[34]

In 2018, Lee was cast in the film Hunting Time directed by Yoon Sung-hyun.[35] The same year, he starred in the airport-themed melodrama Where Stars Land alongside Chae Soo-bin.[36] Lee and co-star Chae Soo-bin was also appointed honorary ambassadors of Incheon International Airport.[37]

In 2019, Lee is set to appear in the new JTBC Variety show Traveller as a cast member together with Ryu Jun-yeol.[38]



Year English title Korean title Role Notes
2007 They Live by Night 밤은 그들만의 시간 Private Shin short film
Placebo short film
Small Town Rivals 이장과 군수 Chun-sam's friend
2008 Ah Man 아, 맨 short film
Holy Vacation 숭고한 방학 Kang Young-woon short film
2009 Just Friends? 친구사이? Seok-i short film
언어생활 Kyung-min short film
When Winter Comes 겨울이 온다 short film
The Pit and the Pendulum 약탈자들 young Sang-tae
2010 The Influence 인플루언스 Sunjong [39]
The Servant 방자전 Hanbok maker
Finding Mr. Destiny 김종욱 찾기 Woo-hyung
Maldives Express 몰디브 환상특급 Eun-seok short film
A Dog Came Into My Flash 나의 플래시 속으로 들어온 개 Son/Twenty-something man short film
Miss Communication 미쓰 커뮤니케이션 Male book designer short film
Ghost (Be With Me) 귀 鬼 Kim Se-young segment: "Tarot 3. The Unseen"
2011 Bleak Night 파수꾼 Ki-tae
The Front Line 고지전 Captain Shin Il-young
2012 Architecture 101 건축학개론 Lee Seung-min in the past
Ghost Sweepers 점쟁이들 Suk-hyun
Rise of the Guardians Jack Frost (voice) animated; Korean dubbed
2013 An Ethics Lesson 분노의 윤리학 Kim Jung-hoon
My Paparotti 파파로티 Lee Jang-ho
늦은 후...愛 short film (SMPA PSA);
credited as assistant director[40]
2016 Phantom Detective 탐정 홍길동: 사라진 마을 Hong Gil-dong
2017 Anarchist from Colony 박열 Park Yeol
I Can Speak 아이 캔 스피크 Park Min-jae
2018 Earth: One Amazing Day 지구: 놀라운 하루 Narrator BBC Documentary[41]
Hunting Time 사냥의 시간 Joon-seok

Television series[edit]

Year English title Korean title Role Network Notes
2010 Three Sisters 세자매 Kim Eun-gook SBS [42]
2012 Fashion King 패션왕 Jung Jae-hyuk
2014 Secret Door 비밀의 문 Yi Sun, later Crown Prince Sado
2016 Signal 시그널 Park Hae-young tvN
2017 Tomorrow, With You 내일 그대와 Yoo So-joon
2018 Where Stars Land 여우각시별 Lee Soo-yeon SBS


Year Song title Notes
2012 "Love Like This" Track from Fashion King OST[43]
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[44]
  • 2016 Honorary Ambassador of Korea National Police Agency's Human Rights[45]
  • 2016 Honorary Ambassador of Oxfam Korea[46]
  • 2017 Honorary Ambassador of Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism.[47]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2011 20th Buil Film Awards Best Dressed N/A Won [48]
Best New Actor The Front Line Won
31st Korean Association of Film Critics Awards Won [49]
48th Grand Bell Awards Nominated
Bleak Night Won [50]
Cine 21 Awards Won [51]
32nd Blue Dragon Film Awards Won [52]
19th Korean Culture and Entertainment Awards Best New Actor (Film) Won [53]
2012 3rd KOFRA Film Awards Best New Actor Won [54]
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 Won [55]
16th Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival Fantasia Award Won [56]
2014 10th Jecheon International Music & Film Festival Best Actor in a Music Film My Paparotti Won [57]
CGV Arthouse Opening Ceremony Plaque for Rising Star in Independent Film Bleak Night Won [58]
SBS Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Serial Drama Secret Door Won [59]
Top 10 Stars Won
2016 tvN10 Awards Best Actor Signal Nominated
PD's Choice Award, Drama Won [60]
1st Asia Artist Awards Best Celebrity Award, Actor Nominated
The Korea Film Actors Association Popular Star Award Phantom Detective Won [61]
KAFA 10th Anniversary Award Actor Special Merit Award Bleak Night Won [62]
2017 26th Buil Film Awards Best Actor Anarchist from Colony Nominated
54th Grand Bell Awards Nominated
5th BIFF with Marie Claire Asia Star Awards Asia Star Award Won [63]
17th Korea World Youth Film Festival Favorite Film Actor Won [64]
20th Amnesty International Awards Special Prize I Can Speak Won [65]
2018 38th Golden Cinema Film Festival Popularity Award, Actor Won [66]
1st Resistance Film Festival in Korea Best Actor Anarchist from Colony , I Can Speak Won [67]
SBS Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Monday-Tuesday Drama Where Stars Land Won [68]


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