Lee Min-ki

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Lee Min-ki
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Born (1985-01-16) January 16, 1985 (age 32)
Gimhae, South Gyeongsang Province, South Korea[1]
Alma mater Konkuk University - Film Arts[1]
Occupation Actor
Years active 2004–present
Agent Go_od Management
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)[1]
Website http://www.leeminki.com/
Korean name
Hangul 이민기
Revised Romanization I Min-gi
McCune–Reischauer I Mingi

Lee Min-ki (born January 16, 1985) is a South Korean actor. Lee played his first TV leading role in the 2005 sports drama Taereung National Village, followed by the romantic comedies I Really Really Like You in 2006 and Dal-ja's Spring in 2007. The actor has also starred in feature films, most notably in the box office hit Haeundae, Quick and Aftershock.


After honing his acting in one-act dramas, Lee Min-ki first gained popularity on television in romantic comedies Dal-ja's Spring and I Really Really Like You. He then starred in the quirky low-rated cult series Four Gold Chasers and alternated mainstream films with indies such as Oishii Man.[2][3] He gained favorable notices for his supporting role in the Korean blockbuster Haeundae, in which he plays a lifeguard who makes a heartbreaking sacrifice when a fictional tsunami hits the Korean beach town of Haeundae.[4] Lee then solidified his bona fide movie star status with his leading role in the action film Quick.

After performing a stylized version of "My Way" at the 2008 Mnet KM Music Festival, Lee lent his vocals to a track with Korean electronica/pop singer Sheean in a collaboration with Japanese electronica/Shibuya-kei artist FreeTEMPO. The song, titled "Power of Love," was released as a digital single, and Lee also appeared in the music video. He later stated he was working on material for an upcoming album. On August 11, 2009, he unveiled his musical debut No Kidding, a six track EP with a very indie-electro rock sound. The album's title song "Eternal Summer" was the first and only single released; it was also made into a music video. Due to lack of promotion the album did not receive much commercial success, but received moderately positive reviews from critics.

Lee enlisted for his mandatory military service on August 7, 2014, and was assigned as a public service worker.[5][6]



Year Title Role
2006 Riverbank Legends High school student #7 (cameo)
2007 A Good Day to Have an Affair College student
2008 Humming Oh Chun-jae (cameo)
Romantic Island Lee Jung-hwan
2009 Oishii Man Kim Hyun-seok
Haeundae Choi Hyeong-sik
A Million Park Cheol-hee
2011 Quick Han Ki-su
Spellbound Ma Jo-goo
2013 Very Ordinary Couple Lee Dong-hee
2014 Monster Tae-soo
For the Emperor Lee Hwan
2015 Shoot Me in the Heart Seung-min

Television series[edit]

Year Title Role Network
2004 Drama City
"My Older Brother"
Kang Min-ki KBS2
2005 Drama City
"Oh! Sarah"
Kim Dong-kang KBS2
Be Strong, Geum-soon! Noh Tae-hwan MBC
Drama City
"Booyong of Mt. Kyeryong"
Hyeong-soo KBS2
MBC Best Theater
"Taereung National Village"
Hong Min-ki MBC
Rainbow Romance Lee Min-ki MBC
2006 I Really Really Like You Nam Bong-ki MBC
2007 Dal-ja's Spring Kang Tae-bong KBS2
Four Gold Chasers Park Mu-yeol KBS2
2012 Shut Up Flower Boy Band Joo Byung-hee
(guest, episodes 1-2)

Music video[edit]

Year Song title Artist
2004 "Hit'm" Nina
2005 "Only One for Me" Soul Star
2007 "After... The Break-up"[7] The Name feat. Choi Jin-yi
2008 "My Girl" The One
2012 "The Day Before" Nell

Variety show[edit]

Year Title Network Notes
2005 X-Man SBS guest, episodes 83-84 and 89-91
2011 Running Man SBS guest, episode 70


Soundtrack contributions[edit]

Year Song title Notes
2006 "Like Candy 2" Track from I Really Really Like You OST
"Before Sadness Comes" Track from Rainbow Romance OST
2009 "Frozen Mountain"
"Neanderthal Man II"
"Disappears Like That"
"A Match for You"
Tracks from Oishii Man OST
2012 "Not in Love"
Track from Shut Up Flower Boy Band OST


Album information Track listing
Power of Love
  • Single
  • Artist: FreeTEMPO feat. Sheean and Lee Min-ki
  • Released: September 26, 2008
  • Label:
Power of Love Part 2
  • Single
  • Artist: FreeTEMPO feat. Lee Min-ki
  • Released: November 14, 2008
  • Label:
We Can't Forget the Reason
  • Single
  • Artist: Lee Min-ki feat. Weekenders
  • Released: December 10, 2008
  • Label:
No Kidding
  • EP
  • Artist: Lee Min-ki
  • Released: August 11, 2009
  • Label: Locksmith by Shyoshyo Type/CJ E&M
Those Days I Had with You
  • Single
  • Artist: Lee Min-ki feat. 3rd Coast
  • Released: March 14, 2013
  • Label: Go_od/CJ E&M
  • Single
  • Artist: Lee Min-ki feat. 3rd Coast
  • Released: April 11, 2013
  • Label: Go_od/CJ E&M


Year Product
2003 SK Telecom
2004 Nizoral Shampoo
2005 LG Phone and Fun
Pizza Etang
2005-2006 Litmus
2008 LGT Oz
2009 TBJ
2010 Max Beer
2011-2012 The Class
2012-2013 UnionBay

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2004 KBS Drama Awards Best Actor in a Special/One-Act Drama My Older Brother Nominated
2005 KBS Drama Awards Best Actor in a Special/One-Act Drama Oh! Sarah, Booyong of Mt. Kyeryong Nominated
MBC Drama Awards Best New Actor Be Strong, Geum-soon! Won
2007 43rd Baeksang Arts Awards Best New Actor (TV) I Really Really Like You Nominated
28th Blue Dragon Film Awards Best New Actor A Good Day to Have an Affair Nominated
KBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries Dal-ja's Spring, Four Gold Chasers Nominated
2009 2nd Style Icon Awards New Movie Icon N/A Won
30th Blue Dragon Film Awards Best Supporting Actor Haeundae Nominated
2010 46th Baeksang Arts Awards Best New Actor Won


  1. ^ a b c 이민기 탤런트, 영화배우. Naver Profiles (in Korean). Retrieved August 7, 2011. 
  2. ^ Lee, Hyo-won (February 19, 2009). "Oishii Man: Magic of Love, Youth". The Korea Times. 
  3. ^ Shin, Hae-in (February 11, 2009). "Being a bit of both proves difficult in Oishi man". Yonhap. 
  4. ^ Ki, Sun-min (August 6, 2009). "Lee Min-ki revels in the art of acting". Korea JoongAng Daily. 
  5. ^ Lee, Sun-min (July 21, 2014). "Lee to start military service next month". Korea JoongAng Daily. 
  6. ^ Ha, Soo-jung (August 8, 2014). "Lee Min Ki Revealed to Have Enlisted in the Army 8/7". enewsWorld. 
  7. ^ "Music Drama - After Break Up". YesAsia. Retrieved June 15, 2014. 

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