Below are acting geniuses praised by Lee Byung-hun, who has no one to match his acting skills.
Actor Jo Woo-jin got a chance to appear in a drama when he was unknown. He went to the scene with excitement and finished his makeup, but experienced the humiliation of changing actor without knowing the reason right before filming.
Then, he gained attention as an actor 16 years after his debut by playing the role of “Managing director Jo” in the 2015 film “Inside Men”. When Lee Byung-hun saw Jo Woo-jin at the time of filming, he had an intuition that “I don’t know if the movie will do well, but at least this actor will be the talk of the town.”
Jo Woo-jin and Lee Byung-hun later worked together a total of three times through “The Fortress” and “Mr. Sunshine”. Jo Woo-jin became an actor loved by the public for his active activities in dramas and movies with his solid acting skills.
In particular, in Netflix’s “Narco-Saints”, which was recently released, he is receiving reviews that he met a character that surpasses “Managing director Jo” of “Inside Men”. He played the role of “Byeon Ki-tae”, the right-hand man of Jeon Yo-hwan (Hwang Jung-min). He will meet moviegoers again next year with “Alienoid Part 2”.
Like Jo Woo-jin, actor Kim Nam-hee worked with Lee Byung-hun in the 2018 drama “Mr. Sunshine”. In this drama, he played the role of Japanese Colonel Mori Takashi and surprised viewers with his acting as if he were really a Japanese speaking Korean and English.
Kim Nam-hee, who could not speak Japanese at all at the time of the audition, left for Japan immediately after the casting was confirmed, studied Japanese people’s way of speaking and behavior for a month and tried to memorize his lines with the help of a Japanese friend who speaks English well.
Lee Byung-hun praised Kim Nam-hee’s performance at an internal preview before the drama’s airing, “You’ll surprise the world.” Kim Nam-hee showed humility, saying that he was able to achieve good results because Lee Byung-hun practiced the script with him off-camera.
After that, he left a strong impression with his outstanding acting skills once again in Netflix’s “Sweet Home”. He is currently appearing in KBS’ “The Law Cafe” and is scheduled to meet viewers through JTBC’s “The Youngest Son of a Conglomerate” in November.
Shim Eun-kyung worked together with Lee Byung-hun in the famous film “Masquerade” in 2012. The actress, who was 19 years old at that time, left a strong impression with her performance as Sa-wol, who died on behalf of Ha-sun (Lee Byung-hun), who later became the king.
Referring to Shim Eun-kyung, Lee Byung-hun called her an “actress who is like clean water”. He also complimented, “No actor can catch up with Shim Eun-kyung in terms of getting immersed in the character instantly, and she showed amazing performance every time”. Director Choo Chang-min of “Masquerade” also revealed that he did not need to give special direction to Shim Eun-kyung during the filming.
Moving to be active in Japan after finishing the 2018 movie “The Princess and the Matchmaker”, Shim Eun-kyung, has set many records, such as becoming the first Korean to win Best Actress at the 2020 Japan Academy Film Prize and Takasaki Film Festival.
Shim Eun-kyung, who starred in tvN’s drama “Money Game” in 2020, is arousing enthusiastic cheers from fans as she heralded a return to Korean work after such a long time through the movie “Starlight Falls” directed by Choi Kook-hee, the director of “Default”.