International Superstar Byung Hun Lee Named CineAsia “Star of the Year”


International television and film superstar, Byung Hun Lee will be honored with the “Star of the Year” Award at the CineAsia 2012 Awards Luncheon on Thursday, December 13th at the Grand Hyatt Hong Kong.

“It is a great honor to be able to single out the notable achievements of Byung Hun Lee at this year’s CineAsia,” noted Robert H. Sunshine, Managing Director of the annual convention. “Mr. Lee is a wonderful actor who has delighted television audiences and movie-goers not only in Asia, but internationally as well.”

Byung Hun Lee is an international superstar who is recognized as one of the starters of the “Korean Boom” in television and film. Known as one of the Four Kings in Japan, Lee is the only actor to sell out the Tokyo Dome with 45,000 screaming fans. Having completed a 70,000 fan arena tour in Japan in 2007, he has successfully finished another tour in 2011. As such, he has solidified his position as one of Asia’s top stars.

Lee started his acting career in 1991 with a Korean TV drama “Asphalt, My Hometown”. Since then he has acted in many dramas on the small screen including “Tomorrow Love”, “Police”, “Son of Wind”, “Happy Together”, “Beautiful Days”, “All In”, and “Iris” in 2009.

Although much of his early success came from television dramas, Lee’s real passion was for making films on the big screen. The Good, the Bad, and the Weird and I Come With the Rain premiered in 2008. Lee’s critically acclaimed film I Saw the Devil premiered in 2011 at the Sundance Film Festival to rave reviews.

Lee’s first Hollywood film was Paramount Pictures’ GI Joe: Rise of Cobra in 2010. With the success it received globally, he recently completed filming GI Joe 2: Retaliation with a U.S. release date of March 29, 2013 and whose new 3D trailer and special footage will premiere at this year’s CineAsia. Lee’s first Korean period piece, Masquerade, premiered internationally in September 2012 and became the fourth highest grossing film to date in Korea. In June of 2012, Lee had his hand and foot prints imprinted in front of the world famous Grauman’s Chinese Theatre. Lee is the first Asian actor to have his prints cemented in Hollywood. Currently he is shooting Red 2 in London.

On October 30, 2012, Mr. Lee won best actor at the Grand Bell Awards in Korea for the film Masquerade. The film took a record fifteen awards. The Grand Bell Awards is an award show for excellence in cinematic achievements; Korea’s equivalent to the Academy Awards®.

CineAsia 2012 will take place from December 11-13, 2012 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre in Hong Kong. It will feature screenings of upcoming Hollywood films, sponsored events, timely and informative seminars and the CineAsia Trade Show. CineAsia is produced by Prometheus Global Media., owner of leading entertainment publications and events including Billboard and the Billboard Latin Music Awards, The Hollywood Reporter, Backstage, Adweek, the CLIO Awards as well as ShowEast and CineEurope.

The Hong Kong Tourism Board is a Supporting Organization of CineAsia


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