Before drawing huge attention with the cameo appearance in Squid Game, actor Lee Byung Hun has impressed viewers with his performance in the following hit movies and series.
1. Squid Game (2021)
Although only participating as a cameo, it is undeniable that Lee Byung Hun‘s appearance still manages to drive fans “insane”. The actor plays the Front Man, the one who oversees the game and the lost brother that the cop Hwang In Ho (Wi Ha Joon) is looking for.
Although his face is only revealed for a few short minutes, Lee Byung Hun leaves Squid Game’s viewers with many impressions and questions. Does he really kill his brother or is this just a trick? Hopefully in the future, the director of Squid Game will soon confirm to release a season 2 for viewers to get a satisfactory answer.
2. Mr. Sunshine (2018)
Despite not being considered a hit in all over Asia, Mr. Sunshine is well appreciated in its home country Korea and becomes one of the dramas with the highest ratings in the history of tvN. The drama was written by the golden screenwriter Kim Eun Sook, starring Lee Byung Hun, Kim Tae Ri, and Yoo Yeon Seok.
The storyline revolves around the heart-wrenching but tragic romance of the Korean-born American marine officer Eugene Choi (Lee Byung Hun). After many years in the states, he returns to his hometown and falls in love with Go Ae Shin (Kim Tae Ri), an aristocrat’s daughter.
3. Ashfall (2019)
Ashfall is not only a film with a huge budget, but also makes the audience overwhelmed by the famous cast including Lee Byung Hun, Bae Suzy, Ha Jung Woo, Ma Dong Seok, etc. Despite sparking controversy over its storyline, the movie was still a commercial success.
Experts predict that the next volcano eruption on Baekdu Mountain will cause the residents to end up in a tragedy. The government sends an elite army on a mission to steal North Korea‘s nuclear warheads in the face of the disaster.
4. Iris (2009)
Referring to the dramas that help bring Lee Byung Hun’s name closer to the audience, it is impossible not to mention the TV blockbuster Iris. The series not only gained massive attention throughout Asia, but also became a foundation to help the actors boost their popularities.
The plot revolves around the character Kim Hyun Joon (Lee Byung Hun) – a loyal agent of the national intelligence organization NSS. But one day, after succeeding in a mission, he becomes the target of the organization’s hunt, causing him to fall into a deadly situation. A mysterious organization reaches out to Kim Hyun Joon, causing his relationship with Choi Seung Hee (Kim Tae Hee) to take a new turn.
5. The Man Standing Next (2020)
Since the time he first entered the entertainment industry, Lee Byung Hun has never disappointed viewers with his acting skills. The Man Standing Next once again wowed viewers with the actor’s brilliant performance.
This political film is inspired by the dark life of the most controversial president in Korean history, Park Chung Hee. Lee Byung Hun plays the director of the Central Intelligence Agency Kim Kyu Pyung. With his dignified appearance, he always makes people believe that he is loyal to President Park, but Kim Kyu Pyung turns out to be the one behind the assassination of the President.
6. I Saw the Devil (2010)
With a calm and cold face, Lee Byung Hun is the perfect choice for emotionally challenging roles. I Saw the Devil – an action thriller film with a revenge theme can give viewers goosebumps with its terrifying scenes and Lee Byung Hun‘s top-notch charisma.
After his fiancée died suddenly, So Hyun (Lee Byung Hun) gave up his career as a secret agent to hunt down her killer. But when he finds the killer, he is not eager to take revenge, but punishes him in a demented game of cat and mouse.
7. Masquerade (2012)
Masquerade – another successful film starring Lee Byung Hun was a box office hit back in 2012. Lee Byung Hun excellently portrays two different shades. The cold, temperamental nature of a king, and the cheerfulness of a clown.
For fear of being assassinated by others, King Gwang Hae (Lee Byung Hun) found a look-alike to sit on the throne in his place. That unfortunate commoner is Ha Seon – a clown who performs lewd shows in front of drunken noblemen with an identical appearance to the king.
In 2019, the drama The Crowned Clown starring Yeo Jin Goo based on the plot of Masquerade was released and received a lot of positive reactions.
8. The Good, The Bad, The Weird (2008)
Lee Byung Hun is truly the king of the box office when every work with the actor’s participation is a hit. The Good, The Bad, The Weird became a commercial success in the history of Korean cinema within just a short time.
The trio Jung Woo Sung, Song Kang Ho, and Lee Byung Hun have created a perfect combination to help create a brilliant Asian Western action masterpiece. From the conflicts over different personalities and ideals, the three get caught up in the whirlpool of competition for money and power.
9. Keys to the Heart (2018)
Keys to the Heart is considered the most “lighthearted” movie in Lee Byung Hun‘s acting career. No more bloody action scenes, or heart-breaking romance, this comedy-drama film is simply an emotional story about two brothers.
Lee Byung Hun plays the older brother, a washed-up boxer, Kim JoHa (Lee Byung Hun). He is currently living with his autistic brother, who is a piano genius, Jin Tae (Park Jung Min). From misunderstandings and conflicts over different lifestyles, the two gradually bond with the help of In Sook (Youn Yuh Jung).
10. Master (2016)
Master – a movie that generates strong influence both domestically and internationally thanks to its dramatic and compelling plot, and the perfect acting of the talented trio Lee Byung Hun, Kang Dong Won and Kim Woo Bin.
The plot revolves around Jin Hyun Pil (Lee Byung Hun) – a notorious con man that causes the police to have a headache. Kim Jae Myung (Kang Dong Won) asks Park Jang Gun (Kim Woo Bin) to cooperate with him, but Park Jang Gun hesitates between choosing to be righteous or betray the master.
Experiencing ups and downs in both acting and personal life, Lee Byung Hun‘s films and series have left deep impressions in the hearts of the audience. Fans are looking forward to the actor’s return to the screen in the near future.