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Lee Jung-jae confirmed positive with Covid-19

BY YIM SEUNG-HYE [yim.seunghye@joongang.co.kr] | September 20, 2022

Actor Lee Jung-jae comes out of an arrival gate at Incheon International Airport on Sept. 18, holding an Emmy trophy in his hand. [YONHAP]

“Squid Game” star Lee Jung-jae, who recently returned home with an Emmy trophy for Outstanding Lead Actor has been confirmed positive with Covid-19. 

His management agency Artist Company said Tuesday that the actor took a Covid-19 test after returning home on Sept. 18 that came out positive. 

According to the agency, the 50-year-old actor left Korea on Sept. 8 to attend the 74th Primetime Emmy Awards held in Los Angeles and then traveled to Canada to attend the Toronto International Film Festival to promote his directorial debut film “Hunt” — a film which he produced, wrote the script for, directed and starred in. 

The agency said he came in close contact with director Hwang Dong-hyuk of “Squid Game” as well as actors from the series including Oh Young-soo, Park Hae-soo and Jung Ho-yeon. He was with actor Jung Woo-sung, Lee’s longtime best friend who also stars in “Hunt,” while in Canada. Jung was on the same flight as Lee returning home. 

Jung also took a test, which came out negative, the agency said. Jung came down with Covid-19 last November but Lee had not before caught the virus. 

Jung and Park also assured the fans that they tested negative.  

Lee was to attend the 2022 National Brand Awards in the field of culture on Tuesday; however, director Lee Chang-dong accepted the award on behalf of Lee, who is being quarantined at home. 


Emmy-winning actor Lee Jung-jae tests positive for COVID-19

By Kim Boram (brk@yna.co.kr) | September 20, 2022

▲ South Korean actor Lee Jung-jae, who won best drama series actor with "Squid Game" at this year's Primetime Emmy Awards, poses for a photo with his Emmy trophy upon arrival at Incheon International Airport in Incheon, west of Seoul, on Sept. 18, 2022. (Yonhap)

SEOUL, Sept. 20 (Yonhap) -- Emmy-winning actor Lee Jung-jae has tested positive for the coronavirus, his management agency said Tuesday.

"Lee received a PCR test after returning home and got a positive result," said Artist Company. "Currently, he has halted all schedules and is in self-isolation at home in accordance with guidelines from quarantine authorities."

Lee went to the United States for the 74th Primetime Emmy Awards held in Los Angeles on Sept. 11, where he became the first ever non-English speaking performer to win best drama series actor for his role in the global phenomenon "Squid Game."

Then, he participated in the Toronto International Film Festival for the North American premiere of his directorial debut "Hunt" and returned to South Korea on Sunday.

Other "Squid Game" team members Park Hae-soo and Jung Ho-yeon, who also attended the Emmy award ceremony, have tested negative for the virus. (END)



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Revisiting the acting career of Lee Jung-Jae

From rebellious 'Young Man' to pitiful Gi-hun in ‘Squid Game,’ Korean star shows how an actor grows, matures in roles

By Yoon Min-sik (minsikyoon@heraldcorp.com) | Sept 20, 2022

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“I’m not going home until I make it big.”

Just as Lee Jung-jae said through the words of Lee Han, the character in his first-ever movie gig, “The Young Man” in 1994, the now internationally acclaimed actor returned home Sunday after becoming the first Asian ever to win for best actor in a drama series at the Primetime Emmy Award last week.

A day after his win, it was confirmed that Lee’s big-screen debut will be rereleased in local theaters on Sept. 29, offering fans a peak at the early days of the “Squid Game” star.

Lee Jung-jae is seen on the poster for “The Young Man.” He was 21 years old. (Studio Bonanza)

The rerelease is not a mere attempt to cash in on Lee’s recent success, but is meant to commemorate the 40th anniversary of “The Young Man” director Bae Chang-ho’s debut. In an interview with local media, Bae reminisced on how he felt Lee epitomized the image of Generation X in Korea, as a free-spirited, ambitious young man not afraid of what other people thought of him.

Lee’s performance in the flick won him recognition for best new actor at major film award shows, including Korea’s most prestigious Grand Bell Awards and Blue Dragon Film Awards. But his reputation as a thespian with a strong presence was not won overnight, with critics often viewing him as just another pretty face on the screen.

Pretty face on quest to prove worth

While Lee made a name for himself with his screen debut in 1994's hit TV drama “Feelings,” it was his subsequent appearance in a supporting role in 1995 drama “Sandglass” that earned him nationwide fame. His portrayal as a solemn bodyguard was a sensational hit, and there were floods of petitions to urge broadcaster SBS not to kill off his character.

As Lee later admitted in interviews, his character trait as a man of few words was a directorial decision to mask his poor acting skills. The 22-year-old was baffled by the influx of accolades at the time, which he felt was not well earned.




Lee Jung-jae in "Sandglass" (SBS)

“I was cast as a fashion model while working at a coffee shop, then I shot a chocolate commercial, and got a gig in ‘Sandglass’ and ‘The Young Man.’ All this happened within a year and I was confused,” he said later in an interview in 2013, marking his career spanning 20 years. “I didn’t know how to act but I had work to do, so I made so many mistakes. It was embarrassing and stressful, so I decided to enlist to the military.”

Still confused as to how he was able to win so many awards, Lee served his mandatory duties as noncombatant military personnel. Despite his personal doubts, Lee continued his winning streak with the critically acclaimed “City of the Rising Sun,” for which he won best actor at the Blue Dragon Film Awards and the Korean Association of Film Critics’ Awards.

He also became lifelong friends with co-star Jung Woo-sung, who would go on to work with him on several projects in the decades to come.

What followed, however, was nearly a decadelong slump in his television career, coupled with middling successes on the silver screen that were few and far between. After the success of “Squid Game,” Lee admitted in interviews that there had been times when he felt cornered, struggling between financial problems and a lack of good scripts.

Impressive acting, impressive filmography

The 2010s marked a turning point for Lee’s career, starting with his appearance in 2010 thriller “The Housemaid.” In the film directed by Im Sang-soo, Lee played the authoritative patriarch, leaving an impression on the audience while playing opposite the internationally acclaimed Jeon Do-yeon and Yoon Yeo-jeong.

Lee went continued his winning streak with heist film “The Thieves" in 2012, featuring an ensemble cast consisting of big names like Kim Yoon-seok, Kim Hye-soo, Jun Ji-hyun and Kim Soo-hyun. It became the most financially successful Korean film at the time. It still remains No. 6 on the all-time Korean box office list.
“The Thieves” director Choi Dong-hoon and co-star Jun would reunite with Lee in another smash hit film, “Assassination" in 2015. The period piece portrayed the fictional assassination attempt on Japanese military leaders during Japan’s 1910-1945 colonization of Korea.

Lee played another man caught between two worlds just two years earlier in crime-thriller “New World" in 2013, where he portrayed an undercover cop having an identity crisis while his yearslong infiltration of the biggest corporate crime syndicate in the country. Despite sharing screen time with Choi Min-sik and Hwang Jung-min, considered among the most accomplished male actors in Korea, Lee’s performance was widely praised and his presence left a lasting impression on the audience.




Lee Jung-jae in “The Face Reader” (Showbox)

Lee shined in another period piece that opened the same year, opposite Song Kang-ho -- the eventual winner of the best actor award at the 2022 Cannes Film Festival -- in “The Face Reader" in 2013 as the ambitious Prince Suyang, who overthrows his nephew, King Danjong, to ascend as king in the Joseon era.

His first appearance in the flick occurs after over an hour of buildup about the treacherous prince, and is considered one of the most memorable entrances in Korean film. Marked by the bloody corpse of an animal he had just hunted, his scarred, menacing face appears with the monologue of the titular face reader on how Suyang has the face of a traitor.

In 2017 and 2018, Lee played a minor but memorable role as the charismatic king of the underworld in the popular “Along With the Gods” trilogy, and played the menacing hit man in 2020’s “Deliver Us From Evil,” winning actor of the year at the local Asia Artist Awards.

‘Squid Game’ and beyond

Despite his series of home runs on the big screen, Lee did not really have major success on TV, save a moderate hit as the lead for “The Aide: People Make the World Go Round” on JTBC in 2019. While Lee’s career as a film actor took him to new heights in the 2010s, the aforementioned series was the only TV show that he appeared on in the decade.

That was, of course, before his unprecedented international success as the lead of “Squid Game” in 2021. He plays a debt-ridden man down on his luck who partakes in a precarious, deadly game in the show on Netflix, which was highly praised for its social satire and memorable characters, quickly becoming the platform’s most watched show ever.




Lee Jung-jae (right) in "Squid Game" (Netflix)

The show boosted Lee to international stardom, making him the first Korean to win for outstanding performance by a male lead actor in a drama series at the Screen Actors Guild Awards, outstanding lead actor in a drama series for Primetime Emmy Awards and a Golden Globes nomination.

Lee’s global fame also landed him the lead role for the upcoming Disney+ series “Star Wars: The Acolyte,” although information about his character or the release date has not yet been released. What has been confirmed, of course, is Lee’s return as the lead for the second season of “Squid Game,” currently slated for 2024.

At 49 years of age, the Korean movie star is now shooting for a new realm. At the Cannes Film Festival in March, Lee made his directorial debut with the espionage thriller “Hunt,” co-starring with his close friend Jung Woo-sung as rival agents in the Korean intelligence agency during the 1980s.




Lee Jung-jae (left) and Jung Woo-sung star in “Hunt.” (Megabox JoongAng PlusM)

The film received mostly favorable reviews following its Aug. 10 release in Korea, and is now the sixth highest grossing film of the year here.

In a post-Emmys celebratory press conference for the cast of “Squid Game” on Friday, Lee said his biggest joy was that Korean content is being shared and beloved by the international audience.

“Through writing the script for ‘Hunt’ and directing it, I also am beginning to meet with the international audience with Korean content in hand. Such meeting should occur more often in the future,” he said. “I think (we) need to think about how to introduce (to the world) more Korean movies and Korean dramas.”

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A year after its release, 'Squid Game' proves K-content is not a passing trend

BY LEE JAE-LIM [lee.jaelim@joongang.co.kr] | September 21, 2022


From left, VFX supervisor Cheong Jai-hoon, art director Chae Kyoung-sun, actor Lee You-mi, director Hwang Dong-hyuk, CEO of Siren Pictures Kim Ji-yeon and stunt performers Lee Tae-young, Kim Cha-i and Shim Sang-min from “Squid Game” pose with their Emmy trophies at a local press event on Friday at Westin Chosun Hotel in central Seoul. [YONHAP]

Two years after “Parasite” rewrote the history of Korean cinema by winning four Oscars, “Squid Game” rewrote the history of Korean small screen productions by taking the Outstanding Directing and Outstanding Lead Actor awards in the drama category of this year’s Primetime Emmy Awards on Sept. 12 in Los Angeles.

Outstanding Directing went to "Squid Game" creator and director Hwang Dong-hyuk, while Outstanding Lead Actor went to Lee Jung-jae.

The Emmy Awards, hosted by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (ATAS), is one of the four major American awards for performing arts and entertainment on television and streaming platforms. The award show is divided into two parts, with the Creative Arts Emmy Awards that honors behind-the-scenes personnel, and the Primetime Emmy Awards for actors and directors.

At the Creative Arts Emmys which took place on Sept. 5 in Los Angeles, “Squid Game” garnered four awards — Outstanding Guest Actress for Lee You-mi, Outstanding Production Design For A Narrative Contemporary Program (One Hour Or More), Outstanding Special Visual Effects in a Single Episode and Outstanding Stunt Performance. 

This is the first time ever for a non-English drama series produced completely outside of a Western country to win multiple awards — let alone be nominated in major categories — in the Emmy's 74-year history. Foreign television productions were traditionally ineligible for the awards unless it was the result of a co-production between U.S. and foreign partners, with the intent to air on U.S. television. 

Massively popular foreign productions such as French mystery series “Lupin” or Spanish caper series “Money Heist” — which still sits as one of Netflix’s 20 most-streamed series of all time — were therefore not eligible for the Primetime Emmys. 

Instead, foreign series had to settle for the International Emmy Awards, a separate annual award ceremony usually presented in New York in November, since 1973. 

“Truth is, not enough Primetime Emmy voters watch most foreign-language series at a level to score nominations,” American media outlet Indiewire wrote in its 2021 article titled, “Want to See Foreign Language Content at the Emmys? It’s Time to Elevate the International Emmys.” 

“Designed to give recognition to international shows, they are largely ignored here in the States, but add traction in each local market.” 

The traditionally strong locality of the Primetime Emmys is what makes the wins and nominations of “Squid Game” more significant, and serves as palpable proof of the cultural impact the series had across the globe. 


A picture of Netflix CEO Reed Hastings wearing a costume inspired by “Squid Game” [INSTAGRAM]

Los Angeles city council recently designated Sept. 17, the release date of the series on Netflix, as “Squid Game Day” to commemorate the massive influence it had on American pop culture. 

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti praised the series’ success as “a victory in the fight to grow representation of the AAPI [Asian American and Pacific Islander] community in film and entertainment, exposing audiences to Korean culture and traditions while paving the way for other AAPI communities to also have their stories told.” 

The series has not settled as a passing syndrome, but rather has become a game changer for the local content industry.

Actors shine

“What I felt as I stood on the global stage of Cannes is that cinephiles and countless fans worldwide are recognizing Korean content,” Song Kang-ho said at a press interview for Hirokazu Kore-eda’s Korean-language film “Broker,” for which he won Best Actor at this year’s Cannes. “Wherever I go, they talk about Korean films and content.” 

Back in the early 2000s, Korean actors had to knock on the doorsteps of Hollywood if they wanted global recognition, which is essentially what Lee Byung-hun, Jung Ji-hoon, Kim Yun-jin and Bae Doo-na have done. Fluency in English was a must, only adding to the barrier for foreign actors hoping to debut in Hollywood. 

Kim, a Korean-American actor active in both the United States and Korea, was the first Korean celebrity to star in lead roles of American television series, in “Lost” (2004-10) and “Mistresses” (2008-10).  Kim, at a press interview for Netflix Korea’s remake of “Money Heist: Korea ― Joint Economic Area” in June, said the set of the series “felt surreal” to her.  “It’s like a dream come true, to be able to work with Korean actors, writers, directors, to communicate and perform in Korean for a Korean production and have it be available for streaming worldwide,” she said.


Lee Jung-jae, left, winner of the award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series, and Jung Hoyeon, winner of the award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series for Netflix’s dystopian hit “Squid Game” pose for a photo at this year’s annual Screen Actors Guild Awards on Feb. 27 in Santa Monica, California. [AP/YONHAP]

Through the success of “Squid Game,” the beckoning of Korean acts to Hollywood has been altered: From model and actor Jung Hoyeon to veteran actor Lee Jung-jae, fresh and well-established names are being welcomed to Hollywood with open arms. 

Jung, who had her screen debut with “Squid Game,” instantly shot to global stardom for her character as Kang Sae-byeok, or player No. 687, winning the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor this year.  After signing with American talent and sports agency Creative Artist Agency (CAA) in November, the actor was reported to have landed roles in Apple TV+ series “Disclaimer” directed by Mexican filmmaker Alfonso Cuaron and American film “The Governesses” by Joe Talbot. 

Lee Jung-jae, the main protagonist of the series, also signed with CAA in February and was reported to have been cast as the male lead in Disney+’s Stars Wars series “The Acolyte” earlier this month. 

Other players of the series, such as Oh Young-soo, Park Hae-soo, Lee You-mi, Wi Ha-jun, Heo Sung-tae, Kim Joo-ryung and Indian actor Anupam Tripathi have experienced their share of the global spotlight and began to appear more actively in other Netflix projects or drama series. 


Diversification of genres

Netflix definitely paved the way for local content to become easily accessible worldwide, but it is not only Netflix originals, nor survival horror series similar to “Squid Game,” that are now being globally recognized. 

Local content is certainly enjoying a heyday, to the point where the public is no longer surprised to see local drama series sitting atop the most popular global charts of Netflix.  Be it rom-com, thriller, action, fantasy, historical fiction or courtroom dramas — such as tvN’s “Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha” (2021) starring Kim Seon-ho and Shin Min-a, “Alchemy of Souls” (2022) starring Jung So-min and Lee Jae-wook, “Yumi’s Cells” (2021-22) starring Kim Go-eun, Ahn-bo-hyun and Park Jin-young, “Twenty Five, Twenty One” (2022) starring Kim Tae-ri and Nam Joo-hyuk, SBS’s “Business Proposal” (2022) starring Kim Se-jeong and Ahn Hyo-seop, KBS’s “The King’s Affection” (2021) and ENA’s “Extraordinary Attorney Woo” (2022) starring Kim Eun-bin — Korean series have been enjoyed far and wide by global viewers, with some series dominating Netflix charts for weeks at a time. 

“The reason behind the popularity of K-content is simple: The world loves Korean films, dramas and K-pop,” Kim Ji-yeon, CEO of Siren Pictures, the production company behind “Squid Game,” said at a local press event at Westin Chosun Hotel in central Seoul on Friday, freshly back from the Emmy Awards.  “Before, [local creators] used to think only local viewers who understood Korean would watch our content. But now, there is a passageway that can connect us to the rest of the world, and viewers in other countries can enjoy [our productions] anytime they want. Through the internet, people have a better understanding of different cultures from different continents.” 

Kim emphasized that securing the environment of creative freedom for local creators was the most important.  “From my experience, trying to deliberately target or create K-something, in the long run, can actually lead to a disappointing outcome,” Kim said. “It’s more important to have patience to give more opportunities for local creators and wait for their achievement, and invest in both tangible and intangible assets to provide a creative environment.” 

Hwang points out the dynamicity of Korean content for its global popularity.  “BTS, ‘Parasite,’ ‘Squid Game’ and more, we’ve always tried to put our content overseas,” he said. “[The Korean economy] lived primarily off of exports, more than domestic demand for our in-house products. It’s the same for culture as well. K-pop has been targeting the global music market, and local content as well bloomed to its fullest with the fast-changing media environment. Because Korea is such an intense and dynamic society, the content that comes from within it is also dynamic and reflects society, which is why I believe Korean content has been receiving so much love and attention.”


People dress in costumes inspired by “Squid Game” to celebrate Halloween in Hong Kong on Oct. 31, 2021. [AP/YONHAP]

The importance of IP

After “Squid Game” hit the jackpot that is Netflix subscribers, becoming the platform’s most-watched series after being streamed for more than 1.65 billion hours, attention gradually shifted toward its profit. The series that took $21.4 million to produce has generated $891.1 million for Netflix, according to Bloomberg’s article published last October.



A replica doll of Young-hee, a large motion-sensing animatronic doll from “Squid Game,” was installed between the Opera House and Harbour Bridge in Sydney from Oct. 29 to Nov. 1. [YONHAP]

How much did the cast get? One-time bonuses to compensate them for their work on the most-popular show in history on Netflix. According to the Bloomberg article “'Squid Game' Team Didn’t Get Rich From Season 1. What About Season 2?” the bonus that the cast received was less than what the stars of HBO series “Succession” get paid for one episode. 

The deal with Netflix is that, while the streaming platform shoulders the entire financial responsibility of a project, they also take charge of the global distributing rights and Intellectual Property (IP) of the show it invests in. 

This means that for all official merchandise related to “Squid Game” or from the upcoming reality show “Squid Game: The Challenge” based off from the series — none of the creators or local production company will get a hand in the profit. 

Lee Sang-baek, CEO of the local production company Astory behind the hit “Extraordinary Attorney Woo,” said at a local press conference of Broadcast World Wide (BCWW 2022) in August that the primary reason why he decided to air the series on newly-found cable channel ENA was so that he could have the sole rights to the IP. Astory is also behind Netflix’s zombie horror hit “Kingdom” (2019-), written by Kim Eun-hee.


A replica doll of Young-hee, a large motion-sensing animatronic doll from “Squid Game,” was installed between the Opera House and Harbour Bridge in Sydney from Oct. 29 to Nov. 1. [YONHAP]

“After ‘Kingdom,’ my longing to go overseas with local content grew," Lee said. "Netflix proposed to have ‘Extraordinary Attorney Woo’ made as its original series, but I turned it down and only decided to sell distribution rights. I chose ENA because we could preserve the show’s IP, even though the channel was newer. The only way production companies can survive lies in holding the IP rights.” 

“Extraordinary Attorney Woo,” which topped Netflix’s global weekly charts for weeks all throughout its airing, is being made into a webtoon, and will eventually be adapted into a musical as well. Lee also revealed at the event that the show is also up for a remake, proposed by numerous companies from the United States, Japan, China, Turkey, the Philippines and Germany. 

“We are still in the works on the details [of the remake] from other production companies, and Astory will actively partake in the production of any remakes as well,” Lee said. 

According to Kim, the contract for Season 2 of “Squid Game” was a better deal than for Season 1. 

“We cannot reveal the specifics of the contract for Season 2, but we believe it’s a good deal,” Kim said. “The rights over the show’s IP is a newfound paradigm between the person financing the show and the show’s creator […] which is why it has become more important for production companies to have power and influence over their capital. Currently, the size and capacity of local production companies are small [compared to overseas], and if private and government-led organizations can support them, companies would have more power as they gain their own capital.”


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LEE JUNG-JAE & JUNG WOO-SUNG | In Conversation With… | TIFF 2022


"To say that Korean storytellers are having a moment would be a gross understatement. After more than two decades producing some of the most exciting and inventive films and television series of our time, Korean filmmakers, creators, and actors are finally receiving due recognition beyond their home country, with the recent awards-season successes of Parasite (TIFF ’19), Minari (TIFF ’20) and Squid Game. This year, the Festival proudly presents the latest films from two Korean superstars: Jung Woo-sung’s A Man of Reason, and Lee Jung-jae’s Hunt, which stars both Lee and Jung. Since their collaboration on City of the Rising Sun (1999), both have been key players in Korean cinema and TV and have been instrumental in its international success, with Lee starring in such mega-hits as The Thieves (2012), Assassination (2015), and Squid Game (2021), and Jung leading the casts of blockbuster films such as the Festival hit The Good, the Bad, the Weird (2008), Cold Eyes (2013), and Steel Rain (2017). The two friends join us for an in-depth conversation about their respective careers, the unparalleled success of Korean filmmakers at home and abroad, and the process of stepping behind the camera as directors. Don’t miss this chance to hear from these two megastars in a rare joint public appearance in North America.


The 47th Toronto International Film Festival runs September 8 to 18, 2022. For more, visit http://tiff.net."

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Lee Jung-jae's debut movie 'The Young Man' to re-premiere in October

YonhapNews / 2022-09-23 18:02:29
(This article is translated from Korean to English by Joonha Yoo)





▲These photos, provided by Studio Bonanza, show scenes from 'The Young Man.' (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)

SEOUL September 23 (Yonhap) -- South Korean blockbuster “The Young Man” which premiered in 1994 protagonist Lee Han acted by actor Lee Jung-jae throws his beeper to female protagonist Seun-hae acted by Lee Eung-kyung and states “If beeper indicates number 21, that’s me. That is because my name is Lee Han.”

“The Young Man” is a South Korean blockbuster movie about an advertisement model Lee Han’s work as a model and his love story intertwined with his dream and ambition. The movie is filled with beepers, Rock cafes, night clubs, pool houses, and more which symbolizes the 90s, generation X, or new generation. Lee Han who enjoys dressing up in Hip Hop fashion visits rock cafes for a drink and gets caught by the police for driving his convertible car under the influence of alcohol, however he decides to run away from the cops and head to the Han River Park.

Lee Han goes through a light relationship with Jae Yi acted by actress Shin Eun-kyung who is also a very open minded college student. However Lee Han falls deeply in love with the mysterious vibe owner of the gallery, Seung-hae emits.

Although the character Lee Han might look like he does not think much about his life, however, he is very ambitious character who is willing to do anything in order to have a successful modeling career. He even offers his body to the general manager Son acted by actress Kim Bo-yeon in order to receive a short modeling gig from a modeling agency.

Debut movie of famous South Korean actor Lee Jung-jae who rose to global stardom through his appearance in global sensation “Squid Game,” “The Young Man” will be reopening on October 12. “The Young Man” is South Korean director Bae Chang-ho also known for his nickname “South Korean Spielberg” 13th movie and the debut piece for the production company “Bae Chang-ho Porduction” at the same time.

Chanter Lee Han shares a lot of similarities with actor Lee Jung-jae, who debuted as a CF model when he was only 23 years old. Actor Lee Jung-jae who got drafted into the South Korean army right after the movie premiered in December of 1994, rose to fame through South Korean drama “Sandglass.”

Both of his works led him to receive numerous awards such as “Rookie of the Year Award” at Baeksang Awards, “Rookie of the year award for male actor” at Grand Bell Awards, and more. “If I had to pick one from my filmography I would definitely pick ‘The Young Man.’”

When the movie premiered in 1994, over 72 thousand audiences visited theater to watch the movie in Seoul, however, “The Young Man” was never offered through any platforms. The reopening version of “The Young Man” will be the digital re-mastered version of the movie.

“I heard a lot of comments where there is no way for people to watch the debut piece of actor Lee Jung-jae, I had to help out those who want to watch actor Lee Jung-jae’s debut movie ‘The Young Man.” described director Bae Chang-ho in the press conference on Friday. (END)

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Actor Lee Jung-jae’s directorial debut film 'Hunt' to open London East Asia Film Festival

BY YIM SEUNG-HYE [yim.seunghye@joongang.co.kr] | September 28, 2022


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Actor Lee Jung-jae’s directorial debut film “Hunt” — a film which he produced, wrote the script for, directed and starred in — has been selected to open the 7th London East Asia Film Festival, which takes place from Oct. 19 to 30. 

The festival’s organizing committee also announced Wednesday that there’ll be a special exhibition showcasing films that Lee has starred in, starting with Lee’s debut film “The Young Man” (1994), as well as his hit films “The Housemaid” (2010), “New World” (2013), “Deliver Us From Evil” (2020) and this year’s “Hunt.”   

Lee will also attend the red carpet event for the festival that will take place at Leicester Square on Oct. 19. Actor Lee Jung-eun from “Homage” and Yim Si-wan from “Emergency Declaration” will also attend the event.

Meanwhile, Megabox Plus M, the film’s distributor said Wednesday that the movie will become available on different platform services such as Tving, Wavve, Apple TV among others. Lee’s agency Artist Company also said Wednesday that Lee’s Covid-19 quarantine ended Wednesday and the actor will resume his activities.



From 'The Young Man' to 'Hunt' Special exhibition for actor Lee Jung-jae to take place in England

YonhapNews / 2022-09-28 10:33:21
(This article is translated from Korean to English by Joonha Yoo)

▲This photo shows actor Lee Jung-jae at emmys award. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (AP)
SEOUL September 28 (Yonhap) -- Exhibition shining the light on the life of South Korean actor Lee Jung-jae, who rose to global stardom through Netflix series “Squid Game” will be held in England.


Head of the “London East Asia Film Festival” committee stated on Wednesday that special exhibition of Lee Jung-jae will feature his films starting with actor’s debut film “The Young Man,” released in 1994, followed by “Deliver Us From Evil,” “The Housemaid,” “New World,” up to “Hunt.”

South Korean movie “Hunt” which will be featured as an opening film of the festival is actor Lee Jung-jae’s debut piece as a film director.

The red carpet event scheduled before the opening ceremony of the festival on October 19 at Leicester Square will feature Lee Jung-jae, actress Lee Jung-eun from “Homage,” and Yim si-wan from the movie “Emergency Declaration.” They will engage in a short conversation with the audience after the screening of the opening movie.

Hong Kong director Yuen Fai Ng’s “Warriors of Future” has been selected as a closing film of the festival which will be screened on October 30.

“London East Asia Film Festival” will feature total of 14 films which has never been screened before, 22 films which has never been screened in England, and 50 Asian films. Total of 11 different South Korean movies will be screened throughout the festival including “The Roundup” and the digital remastered version of director Edward Yang and Hou Hsiao Hsien’s films will be showcased as well.

The committee collaborated with London Film Critics Circle and came up with a brand new award “Asian Film Award” which will be awarded this year.

Continuing on, collaborative exhibition “Seoul Night” with Seoul City Government will hand out samples of Korean food in Selfridge department store and more events showcasing Korean culture and food will be held accordingly to filming schedule of South Korean movies at the “London East Asia Film Festival.”

Executive Chairwoman Jun Hae-jung stated, “South Korean films seemed to have managed to take place as the mainstream culture in England.” (END)

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Squid Game star Lee Jung Jae to launch directorial debut Hunt at LEAFF after Emmys success

By Narjas Theodora | 21 Sep 2022

Lee Jung Jae is going from strength to strength with his directorial debut to come to London (Picture: Jeremy Chan/Getty Images)

Emmy award-winning Squid Game actor Lee Jung Jae will be in London making his directorial debut at the London East Asia Film Festival (LEAFF) in October for the UK premiere of his new film Hunt.

The film made its global debut at Cannes Film Festival earlier this year, with early reviewers calling it ‘sleek and serious, burnished and brutal’, and it became the fifth-highest-grossing film of the year to date in South Korea.

The veteran South Korean actor is directing and starring in the 1980s thriller, which centres around a spy who is tasked with unearthing an espionage plot in the country’s government agency.

Set against a backdrop of political and military tension between North and South Korea, Jung Jae also stars in the role as Foreign Unit chief Park Pyong-ho at the Korean Central Intelligence Agency (an early iteration of the South Korean secret service).

His search for a mole lands him in the middle of an assassination plot, and what follows is an urgent struggle amid blood-soaked action sequences.

Though Jung Jae is a seasoned and talented actor with a lucrative list of films under his belt, it is his role in the tense Netflix survival drama Squid Game, where he played the main character Seong Gi-hun, that catapulted him to the global sphere.




The Hunt will premiere in London next month



To call Squid Game, created by Hwang Dong-hyuk, a cultural world phenomenon would be an understatement.

Within 10 days of dropping on Netflix, it became the platform’s highest-ranking show in 90 countries. Millions of viewers were from outside of Korea – in fact, most were international viewers – giving the ‘Korean Wave’ of the 1990s, characterised by the global popularity of South Korean culture, a new burst of energy.

It is a series that took a simple schoolyard game in Korea and brought it across the world, with a macabre, social commentary twist.




The actor shot to fame in Squid Game (Picture: AP)

People in England, in the US, across Latin America, Europe and the Middle East found themselves playing the childhood Korean game; the soundtrack for the Netflix show became TikTok viral sounds and made their way across social media; scenes from the show were given the meme treatment and celebrities, including Trevor Noah, got in on the cultural moment.

The success of the show was reflected in the award space, too, and Jung Jae made acting history after becoming the first person from a foreign-language show to win best actor in a drama at the Emmys. Director Hwang Dong-hyuk won the prize for outstanding directing for a drama series.



He made his mark at the Emmys earlier this month (Picture: by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

And Jung Jae’s mark on the world stage is only beginning. Earlier this month it was revealed that the 49-year-old has been cast as the male lead in the new Disney Plus Star Wars series The Acolyte from Lucasfilm.

Speaking to Metro.co.uk, LEAFF film festival founder and director Hyejung Jeon, said: ‘The fact that everyone empathises with Lee Jung-Jae’s acting in Squid Game is confirmation of the tremendous sense of community in the present day.

‘His performance, which created a common code – the world sharing the same emotions, proves that he is an actor with great strengths, not only limited to Korea.

‘That is why we wished to focus on his career and dedicate a strand to him. We are so glad he was recognised by so many institutions (including the Emmys).

‘This year, LEAFF’s overarching theme is utopia and dystopia, which is something we can all imagine living in the present day. In that sense, the invitation of actor/director Lee Jung-Jae is expressing a message – to experience and dream with the global audience in the present day which is what LEAFF strive for.’

London East Asia Film Festival

The London East Asia Film Festival (LEAFF), the capital’s most celebrated champion of East Asian cinema and culture, headed by Festival Director Hyejung Jeon, opens its 7th year on October 19 at Odeon Luxe Leicester Square with the UK premiere of Hunt, the latest spy action drama directed by the award-winning Actor Lee Jung-Jae.

The Festival closes on October 30 with Hong Kong’s biggest sci-fi action blockbuster, Warriors Of Future, starring Actor Louis Koo and Sean Lau.

This year’s programme includes the cinematic offerings of China, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Philippines, Thailand and Malaysia and focuses on dystopia vs utopia.

Through the unique perspectives of East Asian filmmakers, LEAFF offers compelling insight into how the history of East Asia has shaped what our future holds.

You can take a look at the programme, here.




LEAFF 2022 

LEAFF 2022 brings a diverse programme from East and Southeast Asia, including international and UK premieres. Seven strands runs throughout the festival: Official Selection, Competition, Documentary Competition, Actor Focus: Lee Jung-Jae, Filmmaker Focus: Cinematographer Mark Lee, Classics Restored and Halloween Horror Special. 

The festival screenings and events will take place at five venues around London. Following the Opening Gala at the Odeon Luxe Leicester Square on 19th October, LEAFF will continue for 11 days at Odeon Luxe West End, the Cinema at Selfridges, Chiswick Cinema and the Cinema Museum in London!

For more information about tickets, please visit: www.leaff.org.uk/2022tickets

HUNT + Q&A with Director Lee Jung-Jae | Dir. Lee Jung-Jae | Korea | 2022 | 125 mins

The Young Man | Dir. Bae Chang Ho | Korea | 1994 | 115 mins 
The Housemaid | Dir. Im Sang Soo | Korea | 2010 | 107 mins 
New World | Dir. Park Hoon Jung | Korea | 2013 | 134 mins 
Deliver Us From Evil | Dir. Hong Won Chan | Korea | 2020 | 108 mins 
HUNT | Dir. Lee Jung Jae | Korea | 2022 | 125 mins

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'Squid Game' selected as Rolling Stone’s Greatest 100 TV Shows

By hoho@donga.com | September. 28, 2022 07:38


Netflix’s Korean drama “Squid Game,” which won six Emmys this month, was named “100 Greatest TV Programs” by Rolling Stone. The magazine announced on Monday (local time) that “The Squid Game” was ranked 95 out of the 100 greatest TV shows of all time.

"’Squid Game’ is the newest and only non-English show among the works on this list. It symbolizes content barriers being broken down in the online streaming era,” the U.S. popular culture magazine said. "It's a captivating thriller and ruthless socio-economic satire about a death race using children's play for huge prize money. It’s a great showcase for Lee Jung-jae, who won the Emmy Award for Best Actor.”

In 2016, Rolling Stone also selected “the 100 Greatest TV Shows.” This time, 100 new shows were selected after consulting with actors, drama officials, critics, etc. The first place was taken by a timeless masterpiece, “The Sopranos” (1999-2007), which deals with the life of a mafia family in the United States, and the second place went to the animation series “The Simpson's (The Simpson Family in Korea),” which aired season 1 in 1989 and has been loved globally for over 30 years. In the third place, a show, “Breaking Bad” (2008-2013), which deals with the drug trade of a high school teacher with a short life to live, was selected. A lot of over-the-top (OTT) works such as “The Crown” and “Squid Game” were included on the list.



The 100 Greatest TV Shows of All Time

A ranking of the most game-changing, side-splitting, tear-jerking, mind-blowing, world-building, genre-busting programs in television history, from the medium’s inception in the early 20th century through the ever-metastasizing era of Peak TV









95‘Squid Game’

The newest show on this list, and the only non-English one, Squid Game is emblematic of the way the streaming era has broken down content borders, so that your new obsession can just as easily be an Israeli drama about an Orthodox Jewish man who falls in love with a widow as it can be the latest Disney+ Marvel series. But beyond what it represents for the TV business, Squid Game — in which a group of financially desperate South Koreans compete in a deadly series of children’s playground contests with a huge winner-takes-all cash prize — is a gripping thriller, a ruthless socioeconomic satire, and a great showcase for actors like Emmy winner Lee Jung-jae.  

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^ No, it is not true.  Vogue Korea admitted that their article (in 2013) was distorted and not based on the truth.  You can read about some info here: https://www.resetera.com/threads/lee-jung-jae-squid-game-found-to-have-apparently-assaulted-someone-twice-and-had-2-dui’s.629824/post-92918512 



LEAFF 2022 Message from Director Lee Jung-Jae

The 7th edition of the London East Asia Film Festival opens on 19th October 2022 at ODEON Luxe Leicester Square with the UK premiere screening of HUNT, directed by Lee Jung-Jae. He will also be in attendance for a Q&A after the screening!


By Paul Devine / September 29, 2022
Altitude Films have released the UK Trailer for Hunt (헌트) - Hunt will be released in UK and Irish cinemas and Digital Platforms from 4th November. The film will be the opening film at the London East Asia Film Festival (LEAFF) on 19th October at the Odeon Luxe, Leicester Square, with Lee Jung-jae in attendance for a Q&A and to introduce the screening.




Lee Jung-jae exhibit to open at London East Asia Film Festival

BY LIM JEONG-WON [lim.jeongwon@joongang.co.kr] | October 4, 2022




An exhibit centered on actor Lee Jung-jae will open at the London East Asia Film Festival, according to the event’s organizers on Tuesday. 

The exhibit will introduce some of the “Squid Game” (2021) actor’s most well-known projects from his 28-year-career and offer a collection of writings on Lee from critics, in English. 

Festival tickets to the opening of “Hunt,” directed by Lee and also starring him as one of the main roles, nearly sold out immediately after being made available, according to the organizers. 

The London East Asia Film Festival is set to open on Oct. 19. This year marks the festival’s eighth year, and will showcase 11 Korean films alongside 50 others from China, Japan, Taiwan and Hong Kong.   

Lee shot to international stardom with his appearance in Netflix’s “Squid Game,” winning the best actor award at this year’s Emmy Awards. He also took home awards at the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards and the Critics Choice Awards for the same role. Lee made his TV debut with the campus drama “Dinosaur Teacher” in 1993, and he soon became known as a heartthrob in Korea and built his career as a veteran actor, starring in hits such as “The Young Man” (1994), “City of the Rising Sun” (1999), “New World” (2013) and “Assassination” (2015). He recently signed on to an upcoming “Star Wars” spin-off series as one of the lead roles. 

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Hunt, Actor Lee Jungjae’s Directorial Debut Film, Opens the 7th London East Asia Film Festival

by Park Hyejin | Oct 03, 2022

A Special Exhibition of Actor Lee Jungjae’s Acting Career for 28 Years Will Be Held Together


Hunt, Actor Lee Jungjae’s directorial debut film, has been selected to open the 7th London East Asia Film Festival, which will open on October 19. Along with Hunt, the opening film, the festival will showcase 11 Korean films, including Emergency Declaration, The Roundup, Homage, The Apartment with Two Women, Virga, and Fanatic. 

The 7th London East Asia Film Festival, which opens with Hunt, also organized a special exhibition showcasing films that Actor Lee Jungjae has starred in, who won the Emmy Award for the first time as an Asian actor for Netflix's Squid Game. Through the special exhibition, the films representing 28 years of Lee Jungjae’s acting career will be screened, including The Young Man, his debut film in 1994, as well as his hit films such as Deliver Us From Evil, The Housemaid, and New World. In addition, the festival said they plan to make and publish ‘The Theory of Actor Lee Jungjae,’ which consists of the writings of British film critics, for Lee Jungjae, who has become a global star and is making various moves.

Starting with the red carpet of the opening ceremony, Actor Lee Jungjae will participate in various events, including the screening of the opening film Hunt, Conversations with the Audience, and the special events ‘Actor's Night’ to meet with British audiences in person.

The London East Asia Film Festival is the UK's largest Asian film festival and has introduced Asian films that attracted attention each year to European audiences. The 7th London East Asia Film Festival will showcase about 50 films that lead the flow of Asian films, including Korean films, at the 5 major theaters in London, centering Odeon Luxe Leicester Square for 12 days from October 19 to 30.




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The 31st Buil Film Awards 제 31회 부일영화상 (2022)


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 Date: 2022-10-06


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* Best Film 최우수작품상
'In Front of Your Face | 당신얼굴 앞에서'

'Broker | 브로커'

'Emergency Declaration | 비상선언'

'Hansan: Rising Dragon | 한산: 용의 출현'

‘Decision to Leave | 헤어질 결심'

* Best Director 최우수감독상

Kore-eda Hirokazu 고레에다 히로카즈 (‘Broker | 브로커')
Kim Han-min 김한민 ('Hansan: Rising Dragon | 한산: 용의 출현')
Park Chan-wook 박찬욱 ('Decision to Leave | 헤어질 결심')
Byun Sung-hyun 변성현 ('Kingmaker | 킹메이커')
Hong Sang-soo 홍상수 ('In Front of Your Face | 당신얼굴 앞에서')

* Best Leading Actor 남우주연상
Park Hae-il 박해일 ('Decision to Leave | 헤어질 결심’)
Seol Kyung-gu 설경구 ('Kingmaker | 킹메이커')
Song Kang-ho 송강호 ('Broker | 브로커')
Jung Woo-sung 정우성 (‘HUNT | 헌트’)
Cho Jin-woong 조진웅 (‘The Policeman's Lineage | 경관의 피’)

* Best Leading Actress 여우주연상
Lee Jung-eun 이정은 ('Hommage | 오마주')
Lee Hye-young 이혜영 ('In Front of Your Face | 당신얼굴 앞에서')
Jeon Do-yeon 전도연 (‘Emergency Declaration | 비상선언’)
Chun Woo-hee 천우희 ('Anchor | 앵커')
Tang Wei 탕웨이 ('Decision to Leave | 헤어질 결심')

* Best Supporting Actor 남우조연상
Kwon Hae-hyo 권해효 ('Hommage | 오마주')
Park Ji-hwan 박지환 ('The Roundup | 범죄도시2')
Im Si-wan 임시완 (‘Emergency Declaration | 비상선언’)
Jo Woo-jin 조우진 ('Kingmaker | 킹메이커')
Heo Sung-tae 허성태 (‘HUNT | 헌트’)

* Best Supporting Actress 여우조연상
Kim So-jin 김소진 (‘Emergency Declaration | 비상선언’)
Yum Jung-ah 염정아 (‘Alienoid | 외계+인 1부)
Lee Soo-kyung 이수경 ('Miracle | 기적')
Lee Joo-Young 이주영 (‘Broker | 브로커’)
Jeon Hye-jin 전혜진 (‘HUNT | 헌트’)


* Best New Director 신인 감독상
Yoon Seo-jin 윤서진 (‘Chorokbam | 초록밤‘)
Lee Ran-hee 이란희 ('A Leave | 휴가')
Lee Woo-jung 이우정 ('Snowball | 최선의 삶')
Lee Jung-jae 이정재 (‘HUNT | 헌트’)
Jo Eun-ji 조은지 ('Perhaps Love | 장르만 로맨스')


* Best New Actor 신인남자연기상

Kim Dong-hwi 김동휘 ('In Our Prime | 이상한 나라의 수학자')
Son Suk-ku 손석구 ('The Roundup | 범죄도시2')
Lee Hong-nae 이홍내 ('Hot Blooded | 뜨거운 피')
Lee Hyo-je 이효제 (‘Good Person | 좋은 사람’)
Tang Jun-sang 탕준상 ('Hommage | 오마주')

* Best New Actress 신인여자연기상
Go Youn-jung 고윤정 (‘HUNT | 헌트’)
Kim Hye-yoon 김혜윤 ('The Girl on a Bulldozer | 불도저에 탄 소녀')
Bang Min-ah 방민아 ('Snowball | 최선의 삶')
Lee Ji-eun 아이유 ('Broker | 브로커')
Choi Sung-eun 최성은 ('Ten Months | 십개월의 미래')


* Best Screenplay 각본상
Kore-eda Hirokazu 고레에다 히로카즈 (‘Broker | 브로커')
Byun Sung-hyun 변성현, Kim Min-soo 김민수 ('Kingmaker | 킹메이커')
Lee Jung-jae 이정재, Cho Seung-hee 조승희 (‘HUNT | 헌트’)
Chung Seo-kyung 정서경, Park Chan-wook 박찬욱 ('Decision to Leave | 헤어질 결심')
Jung Wook 정욱 (‘Good Person | 좋은 사람’)


* Best Cinematography 촬영상
Kim Ji-yong 김지용 ('Decision to Leave | 헤어질 결심')
Kim Tae-sung 김태성 ('Hansan: Rising Dragon | 한산: 용의 출현')
Lee Mo-gae 이모개 ('Emergency Declaration | 비상선언')
Cho Hyung-rae 조형래  ('Kingmaker | 킹메이커')
Hong Kyung-pyo 홍경표 ('Broker | 브로커')


* Best Music 음악상
Kim Jong-yeon 김종연 (‘LIMECRIME | 라임크라임’) 
Lee Dong-joon 이동준 (‘Perhaps Love | 장르만 로맨스’) 
Jang Young-gyu 장영규 (‘Alienoid | 외계+인 1부)
Jung Jae-il 정재일 (‘Broker | 브로커’)
Cho Young-wook 조영욱 ('Decision to Leave | 헤어질 결심')

* Best Art Direction & Technical 미술/기술상

Art Direction 미술 | Park Il-hyun 박일현 (‘HUNT | 헌트’)
Art Direction 미술 | Ryu Sung-hee 류성희 ('Decision to Leave | 헤어질 결심')
VFX | Jung Sung-jin 정성진, Jung Cheol-min 정철민 ('Hansan: Rising Dragon | 한산: 용의 출현')
VFX | Je Gal-seung 제갈승 (‘Alienoid | 외계+인 1부’)

Art Direction 미술 | Han Ah-reum 한아름 ('Kingmaker | 킹메이커')

* Yoo Hyun-mok Film Arts Award 유현목영화예술상

Director Lee Ran-hee 이란희 감독


* Popular Stars 인기스타상

Byun Yo-han 변요한 ('Hansan: Rising Dragon | 한산: 용의 출현')

Lee Ji-eun 아이유 ('Broker | 브로커')


Lee Jung-jae won Best Bew Director for HUNT. Congratulations.



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Day 1 - Sitges Film Festival 2022 [SITGES, SPAIN - OCTOBER 06]


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[ sitgesfestival ] Presenting HUNT at #Sitges2022 and posing on our red carpet!!



SITGES, SPAIN - OCTOBER 06: Korean actor Lee Jung-jae (L) and Korean actor Jung Woo-sung (R) attend opening red carpet during Day 1 of Sitges Film Festival 2022 on October 06, 2022 in Sitges, Spain. (Photo by Borja B. Hojas/Getty Images)






The Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival
SITGES, BARCELONA CATALONIA, SPAIN - OCTOBER 06: Actor Lee Jung-jae poses at the 55th Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival, October 6, 2022, in Sitges, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. (Photo By Pau Venteo/Europa Press via Getty Images)




















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Day 2 - Sitges Film Festival 2022 [SITGES, SPAIN - OCTOBER 07]


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[ sitgesfestival ] The man of the day 

#Sitges2022 against the rain!



SITGES, SPAIN - OCTOBER 07: Korean actor Lee Jung-jae attends to 'Hunt' photocall during Day 2 of Sitges Film Festival 2022 on October 07, 2022 in Sitges, Spain. (Photo by Borja B. Hojas/Getty Images)







[ acontrafilms  ] Photocall of Korean thriller #Hunt at @sitgesfestival with director/actor Lee Jung-jae and actor Jung Woo-sung.



SITGES, SPAIN - OCTOBER 07: Korean actor Jung Woo-sung (L) and Korean actor Lee Jung-jae (R) attend to 'Hunt' photocall during Day 2 of Sitges Film Festival 2022 on October 07, 2022 in Sitges, Spain. (Photo by Borja B. Hojas/Getty Images)




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[ cineasia_online ] Good morning, Kinasians.  How beautiful it is to live in @sitgesfestival !  It looks like something out of a Korean romantic comedy.  #Sitges2022


[ Ribera Del Duero ] Our #espírituRibera is unstoppable. We have had the opportunity to share unique moments with #LeeJung-jae and #JungWoo-sung @sitgesfestival



ESP: Portraits At Sitges Film Festival 2022

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Mirovision Revives ‘Squid Game’ Star Lee Jung-jae’s First Film ‘The Young Man’


By Patrick Frater, Rebecca Souw | Oct 7, 2022 4:00pm PT



Fans of Lee Jung-jae will get a chance to see the “Squid Game” star in his earliest starring role, as a manipulative male model in 1994’s “The Young Man.”

Korean indie distributor and sales agent Mirovision has added the 1994 picture to its sales lineup at the Asian Contents & Film Market, on the sidelines of the Busan International Film Festival.

Set in Seoul’s Rodeo Drive district, the film sees Lee play a model trying to break into commercials. After he accidentally kills an agent and dumps the body in a river, he has to turn up the charm to get away with the slaying. The role earned him best new actor awards from four organizations.

Lee is currently in huge demand. In addition to his breakout role in “Squid Game” and the Primetime Emmy Award that he collected for his performance, Lee has recently established his credentials as a film director. His “Hunt” premiered in Cannes in May and went on to head the Korean box office for three weeks. The popular picture has grossed $31.5 million to date.

Nostalgia aside, Mirovision’s Busan lineup consists principally of films that will hit screens later this year and in 2023, and play out across the drama, romance, comedy, horror, thriller, fantasy and action genres.
 Currently in post-production “Love Chemistry” is a romantic comedy about a miraculous perfume that turns men into magnets for women. Trouble follows when the characters attempt to figure out the perfume’s mystery. The picture is directed by Lim Sung Yong. It stars Seol In-ah (“Emergency Declaration” and TV’s “Business Proposal”) and Yoon Si-yoon (TV’s “Bread, Love and Dreams”). 

Set for a 2023 release, “Honest People” sees a successful writer of other people’s resumes unexpectedly receive a complaint. “Flowers of Mold” kicks off with a betrayed woman rummaging through her neighbors’ trash to try and find a sense of closeness to other people. In “Skip,” a sports star gets hurt by someone she trusted and tries to get back on her feet. Mirovision’s “Immortals,” is a mockumentary about the ‘ageless disease’ Koreans exposed to the Hiroshima atomic bomb live with. “Weed People” set a man on a journey in search of Korea’s cannabis farmers. In “Move To Mind” a girl with an incurable disease puts her life at risk after deciding that love and dreams are what matters most.

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How Much Will Lee Jung Jae Get Paid Per Episode of ‘Squid Game’ Season 2?

By HANA LEE | October 11, 2022

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According to reports, Lee Jung Jae will be paid $697K per episode for Squid Game Season 2.

TV Daily reported that the actor will begin shooting the sequel next year and his new per-episode salary will be around $697K. If the second season gets nine episodes like the first one, he will be making a total of around $6.3 million for shooting the whole season. Moreover, the exec producer of the series, Hwang Dong Hyuk, has reportedly received a bonus compensation for the success of the series and continuing his series on the platform.

Reports say that the Squid Game production team and Netflix had a lengthy discussion on the production costs and incentives related to the show’s sequel as its first season gained sensational popularity worldwide. Although the South Korean series was a huge success, the production team was not able to receive any additional incentives or profits due to the exclusive contract they had signed with Netflix. However, the two reportedly agreed to revise the terms of acquisition, with season 2 being announced. 

The production cost for Squid Game 2 is estimated to be $69.7 million, excluding the appearance fees of all major stars in the series. However, the cost is projected to rise with global premieres and promotional events to be scheduled ahead of its release.

Later on the day, a representative from Cyron Pictures shared, “Squid Game Season 2 is still in the works. Everything, including Lee Jung Jae’s payroll, has not been finalized yet.”

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The 58th Grand Bell Film Awards 제58회 대종상영화제 [Nominations]


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Date: December 9, 2022





For films released from October 1, 2021 to September 30, 2022.


△ Film 작품상
'Decision to Leave | 헤어질 결심' (Park Chan-wook 박찬욱)
'HUNT | 헌트' (Han Jae-duk 한재덕, Lee Jung-jae 이정재)
'Kingmaker | 킹메이커' (Lee Jin-hee 이진희)
'Hansan: Rising Dragon | 한산: 용의 출현' (Kim Han-min 김한민)
'Broker | 브로커' (Lee Yu-jin 이유진)


△ Director 감독상
Park Chan-wook 박찬욱 ('Decision to Leave | 헤어질 결심')

Shin Su-won 신수원 ('Hommage | 오마주')
Byun Sung-hyun 변성현 ('Kingmaker | 킹메이커')
Kim Han-min 김한민 ('Hansan: Rising Dragon | 한산: 용의 출현')
Hong Sang-soo 홍상수 ('In Front of Your Face | 당신 얼굴 앞에서')


△ Leading Actress 여우주연상
Tang Wei 탕웨이 ('Decision to Leave | 헤어질 결심')
Yeom Jung-ah 염정아 ('Life is Beautiful | 인생은 아름다워')
Lee Hye-young 이혜영 ('In Front of Your Face | 당신 얼굴 앞에서')
Lee Jung-eun 이정은 ('Hommage | 오마주')
Park So-dam 박소담 ('Special Cargo | 특송')


△ Leading Actor 남우주연상
Park Hae-il 박해일 ('Decision to Leave | 헤어질 결심')
Seol Kyung-gu 설경구 ('Kingmaker | 킹메이커')
Song Kang-ho 송강호 ('Broker | 브로커')
Jung Woo-sung 정우성 ('HUNT | 헌트')
Lee Byung-hun 이병헌 ('Emergency Declaration | 비상선언')
Ryu Seung-ryong 류승룡 ('Life is Beautiful | 인생은 아름다워')


△ Supporting Actress 여우조연상
Oh Na-ra 오나라 ('Perhaps Love | 장르만 로맨스')
Jeon Hye-jin 전혜진 ('HUNT | 헌트')
Gong Min-jeung 공민정 ('Nothing Serious | 연애빠진 로맨스')
Kim Hyang-gi 김향기 ('Hansan: Rising Dragon | 한산: 용의 출현')
Lim Ji-yeon 임지연 ('Spiritwalker | 유체이탈자')
Im Yoon-ah 임윤아 ('Confidential Assignment 2 | 공조2')


△ Supporting Actor 남우조연상
Park Ji-hwan 박지환 ('The Roundup | 범죄도시2')
Jo Woo-jin 조우진 ('Kingmaker | 킹메이커')
Byun Yo-han 변요한 ('Hansan: Rising Dragon | 한산: 용의 출현')
Son Suk-ku 손석구 ('The Roundup | 범죄도시2')
Im Si-wan 임시완 ('Emergency Declaration | 비상선언')
Kim Hee-won 김희원 ('Perhaps Love | 장르만 로맨스')


△ New Actress 여자신인상
Shin Si-ah 신시아 (‘The Witch: Part 2. The Other One | 마녀 파트2’)
Lee Ji-eun 아이유 ('Broker | 브로커')
Kim Hye-yoon 김혜윤 ('The Girl on a Bulldozer | 불도저에 탄 소녀')
Jo Yun-seo 조윤서 ('In Our Prime | 이상한 나라의 수학자')
Park Se-wan 박세완 (‘6/45 | 육사오’)
Go Youn-jung 고윤정 (‘HUNT | 헌트’)


△ New Actor 남자신인상
Mu Jin-sung 무진성 ('Perhaps Love | 장르만 로맨스')
Kim Dong-hwi 김동휘 ('In Our Prime | 이상한 나라의 수학자')
Tang Jun-sang 탕준상 ('Hommage | 오마주')

Lee Hong-nae 이홍내 ('Hot Blooded | 뜨거운 피')
Ong Seong-wu 옹성우 (‘Life is Beautiful | 인생은 아름다워’)


△ New Director 신인 감독상
Jo Eun-ji 조은지 ('Perhaps Love | 장르만 로맨스')
Lee Sang-yong 이상용 ('The Roundup | 범죄도시2')
Lee Jung-jae 이정재 (‘HUNT | 헌트’)
Namkoong Sun 남궁선 ('Ten Months | 십 개월의 미래')
Lee Ran-hee 이란희 ('A Leave | 휴가')
Park Ri-woong 박이웅 ('The Girl on a Bulldozer | 불도저에 탄 소녀')


△ Screenplay 각본상

'Decision to Leave | 헤어질 결심' (Chung Seo-kyung 정서경, Park Chan-wook 박찬욱)

‘HUNT | 헌트’ (Cho Seung-hee 조승희, Lee Jung-jae 이정재)

'Kingmaker | 킹메이커' (Byun Sung-hyun 변성현, Kim Min-soo 김민수)

'Hansan: Rising Dragon | 한산: 용의 출현' (Kim Han-min 김한민, Yoon Hong-ki 윤홍기)

‘6/45 | 육사오’ (Park Gyu-tae 박규태)

△ Music 음악상

'Decision to Leave | 헤어질 결심' (Cho Young-wook 조영욱)
‘HUNT | 헌트’ (Cho Young-wook 조영욱)

‘The Witch: Part 2. The Other One | 마녀 파트2’ (Mowg 모그)

‘Life is Beautiful | 인생은 아름다워’ (Kim Jun-seok 김준석)

‘Emergency Declaration | 비상선언’ (Lee Byung-woo 이병우, Jung Ji-hoon 정지훈)

‘Alienoid | 외계+인 1부’ (Jang Young-gyu 장영규)

△ Art Direction 미술상
'Decision to Leave | 헤어질 결심' (Ryu Sung-hee 류성희)
‘HUNT | 헌트’ (Park Il-hyun 박일현)
'Kingmaker | 킹메이커' (Han Ah-reum 한아름)
'Hansan: Rising Dragon | 한산: 용의 출현' (Park Gyu-bin 박규빈)
‘Emergency Declaration | 비상선언’ (Lee Mok-won 이목원)

‘Alienoid | 외계+인 1부’ (Ryu Sung-hee 류성희, Lee Ha-jun 이하준)

△ Cinematography 촬영상
'Decision to Leave | 헤어질 결심' (Kim Ji-yong 김지용)
‘HUNT | 헌트’ (Lee Mo-gae 이모개)
‘The Roundup | 범죄도시2' (Joo Sung-rim 주성림)
'Hansan: Rising Dragon | 한산: 용의 출현' (Kim Tae-sung 김태성)
‘Emergency Declaration | 비상선언’ (Lee Mo-gae 이모개)
‘Broker | 브로커’ (Hong Kyung-pyo 홍경표)

△ Visual Effects 시각효과상
‘Alienoid | 외계+인 1부’ (Je Gal-seung 제갈승)
‘The Pirates: The Last Royal Treasure | 해적:도깨비 깃발’ (Lee Seung-min 이승민)
‘The Witch: Part 2. The Other One | 마녀 파트2’ (Cho Young-seok 조영석, Jang Min-jae 장민재)
'Hansan: Rising Dragon | 한산: 용의 출현' (Jung Sung-jin 정성진)
‘Emergency Declaration | 비상선언’ (Hong Jung-ho 홍정호)

△ Lighting 조명상
'Decision to Leave | 헤어질 결심' (Shin Sang-yeol 신상열)
‘HUNT | 헌트’ (Lee Sung-hwan 이성환)
'Kingmaker | 킹메이커' (Lee Gil-gyu 이길규)
'Hansan: Rising Dragon | 한산: 용의 출현' (Kim Kyung-seok 김경석)
‘Emergency Declaration | 비상선언’ (Lee Sung-hwan 이성환)

△ Costume Design 의상상
'Decision to Leave | 헤어질 결심' (Kwak Jung-ae 곽정애)
‘HUNT | 헌트’ (Jo Sang-kyung 조상경, Choi Yoon-seon 최윤선)
'Kingmaker | 킹메이커' (Jo Hee-ran 조희란)
'Hansan: Rising Dragon | 한산: 용의 출현' (Kwon Yoo-jin 권유진)
‘The Pirates: The Last Royal Treasure | 해적:도깨비 깃발’ (Kwon Yoo-jin 권유진, Lee Ae-ran 이애란)
‘Alienoid | 외계+인 1부’ (Jo Sang-kyung 조상경)
‘Life is Beautiful | 인생은 아름다워’ (Choi Se-yeon 최세연)

△ Editing 편집상
'Decision to Leave | 헤어질 결심' (Kim Sang-beom 김상범)
‘HUNT | 헌트’ (Kim Sang-beom 김상범)
‘The Roundup | 범죄도시2' (Kim Seon-min 김선민)
'Hansan: Rising Dragon | 한산: 용의 출현' (Lee Kang-hee 이강희, Ahn Hyun-gun 안현건)
‘Emergency Declaration | 비상선언’ (Kim Woo-hyun 김우현, Lee Kang-il 이강일)

‘Alienoid | 외계+인 1부’ (Shin Min-kyung 신민경)

△ Documentary 다큐멘터리상
‘미싱타는 여자들’ (이형래, 김정영)
‘성덕’ (오세연)
‘물방울을 그리는 남자’ (김오안)
‘모어’ (이일하)
‘너에게 가는 길’ (변규리)

△ 대중이 주목한 시선상
‘Chun Tae-il | 태일이’ (이은, 심재명)
‘The Shaman Sorceress | 무녀도’ (안재훈)
‘Semantic Error | 시멘틱 에러:더 무비’ (김수정)
‘A Leave | 휴가’ (이란희)
‘The Pregnant Tree and the Goblin | 임신한 나무와 도깨비’ (김동령, 박경태)
‘Hommage | 오마주’ (신수원)



‘HUNT’ nominated in 12 categories, ‘Decision to Leave’ and ‘Hansan’ 11


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SQUID GAME superstar Lee Jung-jae makes his directing debut with this 1980s-set thriller, in which he also plays an intelligence chief who uncovers a plot to assassinate the president of South Korea while hunting for a mole within his own agency. Korean superstar Jung Woo-sung co-stars as a fellow agent also trying to smoke out a mole.

Following a failed assassination attempt on South Korean President Chun Doo-hwan, KCIA Foreign Unit chief Park (Lee) and Domestic Unit head Kim (Jung) are charged with the task of identifying the conspirators. The men share a fraught history — some years ago, Kim subjected Park to an interrogation that left him with permanent nerve damage — and each suspects the other of being a double agent. While the rivals search for incriminating evidence against each other, their investigation leads them to a shadowy figure, codenamed Donglim, who appears to have infiltrated the agency. Uncovering Donglim’s true identity will keep the men tethered together and set them on a path involving shootouts, car chases, and much bloodshed.

HUNT plunges the viewer into a labyrinth of secrets where nothing is quite what it seems. The result is one of the most impressive action movies in years.


(See www.waimeatheater.com for details.)

COUNTRIES: South Korea
SECTIONS: Centerpiece Presentation | Spotlight on Korea
GENRES: Action|Crime|Thriller
YEAR: 2022
RUN TIME: 125 Minutes
LANGUAGE: Korean, Japanese, English

VENUES: Consolidated Theatres Kahala | Consolidated Ward 16
Consolidated Ward 16 | Nov 09 07:00PM
Consolidated Theatres Kahala | Nov 12 03:00PM

DIRECTOR(S) Lee Jung-jae
PRODUCER(S) Han Jae-duk, Lee Jung-jae
SCREENWRITER(S) Lee Jung-jae, Jo Seung-hee
CAST Lee Jung-jae, Jung Woo-sung, Jeon Hye-jin, Heo Sung-tae, Go Youn-jung, Kim Jong-soo, Jung Man-sik

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