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  1. October 13, 2019 An excerpt from Marie Claire Special Edition: Moments that Move Me. (A translation) On the other hand, in “The Man Standing Next”, you play a character inspired by Kim Jae Gyu who assassinated former President Park In interpreting a character that actually exists, it seems to be different from playing a fictional character. In any case, I feel more sensitive and discreet when I play a historical figure than a fictional character. It is past history and it is impossible to fully grasp the situation. Nonetheless, I should act as close as possible to my character. I think that “The Man Standing Next” is a political movie. But the director, producer and I have not focused on the political situation. Rather, we placed more emphasis on describing human relationships. Although we know through history what happened in the film, we will understand how they felt at the time? How did their relationship last for decades? How did their relationship change? How was their state of mind? It is the story to solve these questions. It is close to a film noir. Not long ago, a still was released showing a man wearing black sunglasses and standing stiffly. It was impressive because it was completely different from the image of Kim Jae Gyu that we are familiar with. The name in the movie is Kim Gyu Pyeong. Every person in the film has a different name from the real person. There will be characters in the film who have served as intelligence ministers. It will be a movie that shows a real human being that does not appear in the history book. Source: Marie Claire
  2. October 13, 2019 An excerpt from Marie Claire Special Edition: Moments that Move Me. (A translation) After “Mr. Sunshine” ended, you plunged into shooting “The Man Standing Next” and “Baekdusan”. These two movies can be seen as early as this year. It seemed “Baekdusan” will be is released sooner than expected. This movie used a lot of Computer Graphics (CG). Even if the post-production work is very large, it does not affect the speed of film production. If I do not count “G.I. Joe, The Rise of Cobra” which used a lot of CG, this is the first time I participated in filming that involved so much CG. This is also the first attempt by a Korean movie. Since I cannot see the actual scene while shooting, it is important to know clearly where I am and how it will appear in the future. More imagination is needed. Also, as most of the shooting is done indoors without being affected by the natural enviroment, one can relax. Unexpected NG usually comes from unexpected places, but most of the situation is manageable; so as long as the actors perform well, it will be OK. As the movie is based on the theme of the volcanic eruption of Baekdusan, will you be playing a hero? It is not the kind of hero that we perceive. As the heroes are looking at the catastrophe on the Korean Peninsula and taking great risks to solve the problem, they can be called heroes. In In “Baekdusan”, Lee Jun Pyeong is a North Korean who travels between the two countries to engage in espionage. But for the money, he also provide information to the South. He does not act with clear ideas or beliefs, but he acts for money. A spy who always puts self-interest first. Coincidentally, after filming began, news broke out that Baekdusan was actually at risk of exploding. Source: Marie Claire
  3. October 13 2019 Marie Claire Special Edition: Moments that Move Me. (A translation) Part 3 How do you find answers when you do? I will make yourself objective again. The first time I read the script, even though I already knew what kind of character I was. After reading it two or three times, I would start not being objective and look at it subjectively. In this way, it is possible to lose the original intention of the author. At such times, I try to pull away and read the script as a story book. Only in this way can I feel the story of the character again. Ah, yes, that's what he looks like. Not long ago, a cinema named after you opened. So far, you have won many awards as an actor, had many box office hits and left a handprint in Hollywood. The realization of these things seems to bring a burden to the next step of development. I don't know if this expression is correct, I feel that I have been put on a heavy aura. But the actor's career should not feel burdened and limited. Assuming that my work will always have good results, then the next work I choose should also bring good results and must be more popular than the previous one. This idea is not free. Setting up a cinema named after me or winning a prize should be completely shaken off at the end of the day. If you stay stuck in those moments, you become very restrained. So I will continue to work for freedom without restrictions. In this sense, it seems that you can choose to gain energy from the free and unconstrained new actors. An lively independent film can give you that power. I have always liked to watch all kinds of movies. Even if it is a low-budget movie, as long as the work is good, I will look for it. In this way, I also often watch independent movies which are really very refreshing. Expressing something in a direction I did not think of is just exciting, even though it is someone else’s performance. Ah, happiness and sadness can also be expressed like this! I feel very fresh. Very novel. Sometimes, I wonder if I am too hardened by the thoughts of the old generation. The performance and works of these new faces enrich me. Is acting a lot of moments of joy, or many moments of pain? Moments of joy. That is why I will continue to act. It’s not so much that I’m acting so well, it is because those very subtle moments make me feel happy. During the filming, if I am satisfied with the emotions expressed in my own shooting, I will feel good that day. It is like wanting to go home for a drink. Months of hard work seem to disappear all at once. On the contrary, if I am dissatisfied with my performance, I will continue to shoot and compromise with myself. After returning home, I will be really tortured. So it is the moment when happiness and pain are intertwined, propelling me. Just like this, when these productions amalgamated, it is like as if I experienced the character and the life of the character. You can do it, you can learn it. Source: Marie Claire
  4. Marie Claire Special Edition: Moments that Move Me. (A translation) Part 2 You have been very productive lately. But you seem to be always like this. When I was young, I took a two years break. I don’t know if that was my opinion at that time. I felt that if I didn't find a script that I liked, I wouldn't shoot it. Now the film industry has evolved beyond levels comparable to the past with a lot of diverse and interesting scripts. Another point is that since you want to show yourself better and to express more delicate feelings, then shoot more pictures, instead of resting and wasting time. I want to do more if I can. That’s why I worked more and more in recent years. Are you okay now? (Laughter) So I am resting a little after “Baekdusan.” If you shoot a lot of movies, are you worried that the Actor Lee Byung Hun will overly familiar to the audience. This is a problem that every actor faces. You show a new character everytime you appear in a movie. But it is a matter of how many minutes and seconds it takes for the audience to empathize. The shorter the time, the happier the actor will be. If you see that person (actor) only wants to laugh, or is just scared, it is very unfavorable for the actor. Even so, when I choose a work, I am not just pursuing something new. I just found that the genre and characters have become more diverse when I follow the fun of my choice. In terms of the recent works, “Keys to the Heart” and “A Single Rider” not only the content of the film is different, but also the appearance is very different from the previous movies. It is a completely different type. When I read “The Single Rider” script, I was deeply moved by where the interest lies. It was a lot of fun. " Keys to the Heart “ was a bit bitter. There was fun in the laughter and tears. Lee Byung Hun seems to be always acting endlessly. Still, is there an unquenched desire? I have a thirst for language. I really want to be like the Amercans, with full understanding of their culture so that I can act with confidence. In recent years, because I had a lot of filming schedules, with only a break of one to two months. Therefore, even if there were good scripts, I could not do them. For Hollywood, it is important to go face-to-face and talk. So I would like to have such time. When an audience thinks of a movie, it also thinks about actors, acting or storylines. The first thing that comes to mind is what happened when watching the movie. What do you remember about your work? There seems to be many situations. Some are impressive for the premiere of the movie. Others are remembered at the time of shooting. They will also remember when they are hiding among the audience. When I am in the audience watching a movie, When I am in the audience watching a movie, the audience sometimes laughs or weeps in unexpected parts. At that time, the time spent on the work seems to be rewarded. It feels like a gift. Although the filming process is really very hard and tiring, but I am happy as an actor when the audience laughs and cries right next to me. Those people are immersed in such stories, and they have been added to the character. This kind of thinking will make me happy. Did you suddenly remember when you first started acting? Of course. I didn't even know what I was doing at the time. I even found the Korean language so difficult. Too much scolding at the shooting scene caused me psychological trauma. I have no spare time to think how I should say the lines and what emotions I should express. I was just worried that I would get scolded after I deliver the lines. As I received so much strong chiding when I was filming my first work that I wanted to erase it from my memory. But I couldn’t erase it (Laughs) Now there will be no more on-site scolding (laughs) but sometimes one will not be satisfied with one’s performance or do not get the positive solution. Some. It may also be a subtle part that others can't feel, only oneself can feel. The more years you add, the more times you do not know the answer to acting. Skills can rely on practice and time accumulation. Practice can become a master. After comprehending skills, even after 10 years, the body will still have memories, but acting is not a skill. After all, acting is about living someone else’s life for a while. But if you live as someone else, sometimes the brain becomes blank without knowing it. So much so that you can't see the character itself. Source: Marie Claire
  5. October 13, 2019 Marie Claire Special Edition: Moments that Move Me. (A translation) Part 1 The moments that moved me. “What defined acting is experiencing other people’s lives, experiencing the interweaving of happiness and pain. It is the constant driving force that propelled me forward.” The driving force behind Lee Byung Hun acting are these moments. After “Mr. Sunshine” ended, you plunged into shooting “The Man Standing Next” and “Baekdusan”. These two movies can be seen as early as this year. It seemed “Baekdusan” will be is released sooner than expected. This movie used a lot of Computer Graphics (CG). Even if the post-production work is very large, it does not affect the speed of film production. If I do not count “G.I. Joe, The Rise of Cobra” which used a lot of CG, this is the first time I participated in filming that involved so much CG. This is also the first attempt by a Korean movie. Since I cannot see the actual scene while shooting, it is important to know clearly where I am and how it will appear in the future. More imagination is needed. Also, as most of the shooting is done indoors without being affected by the natural enviroment, one can relax. Unexpected NG usually comes from unexpected places, but most of the situation is manageable; so as long as the actors perform well, it will be OK. As the movie is based on the theme of the volcanic eruption of Baekdusan, will you be playing a hero? It is not the kind of hero that we perceive. As the heroes are looking at the catastrophe on the Korean Peninsula and taking great risks to solve the problem, they can be called heroes. In In “Baekdusan”, Lee Jun Pyeong is a North Korean who travels between the two countries to engage in espionage. But for the money, he also provide information to the South. He does not act with clear ideas or beliefs, but he acts for money. A spy who always puts self-interest first. Coincidentally, after filming began, news broke out that Baekdusan was actually at risk of exploding. On the other hand, in “The Man Standing Next”, you play a character inspired by Kim Jae Gyu who assassinated former President Park In interpreting a character that actually exists, it seems to be different from playing a fictional character. In any case, I feel more sensitive and discreet when I play a historical figure than a fictional character. It is past history and it is impossible to fully grasp the situation. Nonetheless, I should act as close as possible to my character. I think that “The Man Standing Next” is a political movie. But the director, producer and I have not focused on the political situation. Rather, we placed more emphasis on describing human relationships. Although we know through history what happened In the film, we will understand how they felt at the time? How did their relationship last for decades? How did their relationship change? How was their state of mind? It is the story to solve these questions. It is close to a film noir. Not long ago, a still was released showing a man wearing black sunglasses and standing stiffly. It was impressive because it was completely different from the image of Kim Jae Gyu that we are familiar with. The name in the movie is Kim Gyu Pyeong. Every person in the film has a different name from the real person. There will be characters in the film who have served as intelligence ministers. It will be a movie that shows a real human being that does not appear in the history book. You have been asked this question before. What kind of work do you like whenever you chose a work? Subjectively, whether it is fun or not is the decisive key. But there are many interesting criteria. Very commercial things can be fun, and sometimes the plot that goes deep will turn into a part of fun. Regardless of genre or material, a work that can dig deep into one’s heart is my choice of works. Source: Marie Claire
  6. October 7, 2019 Thank you @rubie for posting this wonderful news! What a treat that would be if Byung Hun -ssi confirms his participation in Noh Hee Kyung's new drama!
  7. September 3, 2019 Byung hun-ssi highlighted the movie "Capharnaum" on his instagram. This movie received critical acclaim and it's director, Nadine Labaki won the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival in 2018.
  8. August 29, 2019 Thank you @mistymorning for sharing this wonderful and exciting news. The anticipation among movie fans must be sky high!
  9. August 26, 2019 Byung Hun-ssi posted in his Instagram, a set of Matryoshka nesting dolls made in his own image representing his characters in movies and drama such as "Mr. Sunshine" "Masquerade" "The Good, the Bad, the Weird", ".G. I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra" , etc.
  10. August 24, 2019 An interview with Lee Byung Hun after he received the Best TV Actor Baeksang Arts Awards. (A translation) https://www.weibo.com/tv/v/I1TUduykV?fid=1034:4404532055318132 MC: Lee Byung Hun Welcome. Hello, I would like to congratulate you sincerely on winning the award. As I was inside here, I could not hear your thank you speech but only see your expression. Judging from your expression, I can imagine how wonderful your speech must have been! Did you leave out anything? LBH: In order not to miss anything, I really did my best. Usually, when I attend awards ceremony, there is really a lot to say. But sometime, I am nervous and there is no room for it. The ceremony needs to continue and it is impossible to say a lot. This time, I thought I should not say too much. MC: We won't limit you. There are no restrictions on the length of your speech. If you left out something, please face the camera on your left, we will give you plenty of time to complete your speech. LBH: Really. The speech that I just delivered must have been the longest speech that I have made in my life. MC: OH! Really. LBH: I really said a lot. Although I have already said it, I could not devise a specific method to name everyone. From the beginning of the pre-production of this TV series, all the actors and crews have experienced together the coldest winter and the hottest summer. Although it was very hot and very cold, no one complained and showed dissatisfaction during this long filming process. People have achieved good results at work. If the work is interesting, the shooting process will also be very pleasant. Here, I want to say thank you again to the staff. MC: I feel that the corners of Lee Byung Hun’s eyes are a little moist. Now, Let us look at your amazing winning records at Baeksang Arts Awards. In the 42nd Awards, you won the Best Movie Actor Award. In the 47th Awards, you won the Daesang in the Movie Section. In the 51st Awards, you won the Best Movie Actor Award. This year, for the 55th Awards, you won the Best TV actor Award. You are a four time* winner, how do you feel now? [* Correction. Records indicated that LBH also won Best TV Actor Awards in the 32th and 39th Baeksang Arts Awards.] LBH: Just now when I won the Award, I already mentioned that “Mr. Sunshine” got a warm response after the broadcast. But this has been awhile and I wondered if this impression left with the audience is still there. Furthermore, many new TV Dramas came out and there were many actors with good acting skills. Therefore, I had no great expectations of winning the award because of the abundant excellent works and actors. I came with a relaxed mood. Winning again, I felt rather sorry for the Hoobaes. On the other hand, I felt winning this time is all the more precious. MC: There is no denial that the title “Unforgettable actor ” belongs to Lee Byung Hun. Just now when he was on the red carpet with crowds cheering, you have not have heard what I said. I said as long as he appears on the TV or the movie screen, I can hear people holding their breathes and stay focused on Lee Byung Hun’s acting. Therefore, winning today’s awards is by no means accidential. LBH: Thank you. MC: What are your future plans? Please talk to us briefly about them. Today’s interview ends here. LBH: After "Mr. Sunshine", I made two two movies. One is “The Man Standing Next” for which filming has wrapped up. The other which is being filmed is “Baekdusan”. Although it is not quite sure, I feel that you can see both works this year. MC: Can later see the handsome face of Lee Byung Hun through the screen, I would like to congratulate you sincerely once again on receiving the award. We would like to take the winning photo as the end. Please stand here and we will take a handsome photo for you. Source: JTCB with Chinese character subbing by LBH fan at Weibo.
  11. August 21, 2019. Byung Hun -ssi enjoying the sun and his Mojito! Do you think he is in Jeju Island instead of Southern California?
  12. August 19, 2019 Byung Hun- ssi on vacation Byung Hun-ssi stated that his is on vacation in his Instagram. He did not say where. Southern California perhaps judging from the vegetation.
  13. July 31, 2019 Another video of the Opening of Lee Byung Hun Theater: https://youtu.be/9J3UNPYg1Ms Source: Lotte Cultureworks
  14. July 30, 2019 Thank you @rubie for posting this piece from Twitter. We must thank the translator!! What an amazing interview! We have not seen such depth in an interview for a long time. The interviewer must be a LBH fan to ask such intelligent and direct questions that revealed so much. I agree 100% that Byung Hun -ssi has kept some childlike qualities. This explains his spontaneity in his responses and his willingness to reveal things that other actors may not be willing to share.
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