Phillip Rhee was born in South Korea and raised in San Francisco. He is a martial artist, actor, director and film producer who has created, produced and starred in numerous films, including the Best of the Best film series. The first Best of the Best film spawned three sequels; Best of the Best II, Best of the Best III and Best of the Best IV.
It was Rhee's 1980 representation of the United States' Taekwondo Team against the South Korean team in the championships of the Asia Games that formed the basis of his screenplay for the film "Best of the Best".
He currently[when?] lives in the Los Angeles vicinity and is working on a screenplay.