10 Great Movies Starring Lee Jung-jae


10 Great Movies Starring Lee Jung-jae

Although he rose to international fame quite recently, despite the huge success of “Squid Game” which also just won him an Emmy, Lee Jung-jae has actually been popular in South Korea for decades, having a career that began in the 90s, and has come to include a number of the country’s most successful blockbusters, not to mention a few masterpieces. In tribute to a great actor, and on the occasion of the Emmy Awards, we decided to compile a list of 10 of his works that definitely deserve a look, in chronological order.

The story focuses on Seo-hyun, a housewife in her late thirties who has a sedentary life, a successful architect husband, and a loving son. Her day is a set of routines, which are turned upside down by the arrival of Woo-in, her younger sister’s fiancé. When his sister misses her flight from Los Angeles to Seoul, it falls to Seo-hyun to show Woo-in around as he searches for homes for the soon-to-be-married couple. As the two spend their time together looking for homes and getting to know each other better, feelings take a different turn and the two embark on an illicit affair that they both know is wrong and will have consequences. inevitable consequences, but none of them can stop it.

The portrayal of this aspect of their banter is magnificent, as the sex scenes are plentiful and shot in a sensitive yet artistic manner, these scenes remaining the highlights of Kim Young-cheol’s cinematography. It helps that the two actors involved are extremely handsome, with Lee Jung-jae and Lee Mi-sook looking equally ineffable. The two share genuine and honest chemistry, bringing out the shared feelings between the two. The elder Mi-sook brings the conflict of emotions to her particularly well. There are no explosions either, no full-scale feuds that often bog down stories that follow such a script. Any manifestation of emotions is not expressed in words but in the body language of both. (Zaveri Rhythm)

Real life best friends also play with real life friends. Do-chul, played by Jung Woo-sung, is a boxer who has the skills and passion for the sport but isn’t really cut out for the game, only earning cuts, bruises, and concussions. Lee Jung-jae’s Hong-gi, meanwhile, is a low-level mobster working as a debt collector for a loan shark who puts money first. Hong-gi manages to get Do-chul a job with his boss. Do-chul wants to succeed in boxing but doesn’t want to resort to any necessary means. Hong-gi, on the other hand, is a materialistic person who loves money, going so far as to scam girls to get it, but doesn’t respect it and is deeply in debt, gambling every Won almost as soon as he wins. this. The two friends love each other like brothers, but their different philosophies and visions of life often bring them at loggerheads.

It’s no secret that Jung Woo-sung and Lee Jung-jae have charm to spare and it shows here in their youth as well. Both have ample opportunity to hone their dramatic abilities, but it’s when their swagger is on display that their roles shine. Relocating their real-world friendship to the big screen results in great chemistry between the two, with the two playing each other well, even when angry at their respective on-screen friends. All of the other roles in the feature, including that of Han Go-eun’s Mimi, play second fiddle, keeping these two charismatic and incredibly handsome young actors at the center of the narrative. (Zaveri Rhythm)

It’s Christmas time and Eun-joo (Jun Ji-hyun) is moving out of a beautiful house on stilts overlooking the sea called Il Mare (The Sea, in Italian) that she has recently rented. She doesn’t want to miss her emails – especially one particular letter she hopes to receive from the United States – so she leaves a card for the next tenant in the mailbox in front of the house, where she kindly asks to forward all e-mails to his new address. She also wishes a Merry Christmas 1999. Later she finds an answer from someone saying there must be some mistake because he is pretty sure the current year is 1997. The man in the answer is Sung -hyun (Lee Jung-jae), an aspiring architect, temporarily working in construction, who has just moved in. He is confused and intrigued by the letter, not only because of the difference in date, but also because he is the first owner living in this house, and he knows it more than well because it was built by his ex- dad. , a well-known architect and lecturer. After a brief exchange of puzzled messages, they realize that they are indeed 2 years apart in time, but they can communicate through the mailbox which mysteriously acts as a portal between the two timelines. .

Lee Jung-jae fits in nicely as Mr Nice Guy, cooking spaghetti like a Master Chef and sipping fine wines on the Jazzy OST, sometimes dangerously close to looking like a commercial box of chocolates, but always very friendly. (Adriana Rosati)

Many years before “The Asian Angel” brought Korean and Japanese actors as protagonists in the same front, and even more years before Lee Jung-jae became an international star thanks to “Squid Game” and Kim Min-hee thanks to “The Handmaiden” and his collaborations with Hong Sang-soo, there was a film that managed to bring all these elements together, “Asako in Ruby Shoes”.

The story takes place in two different settings, in South Korea and Japan. In the first, E U-in is a rather bored civil servant, dissatisfied with both his job and his life without friends and without a girlfriend. He spends his nights browsing porn sites, even though in 2000 visiting them was a business that required money he was not willing to give. His voyeurism doesn’t end there, however, but extends into his real life, as he frequently peeks at women in the office restrooms where he works, a business that eventually leads to a craze. to the point of nagging, of Mia, a redheaded punk woman, who soon gets his wishes but shows no desire to deal with him in any way. One day, U-in receives a spam that eventually leads him to a website that asks him to enter the characteristics of the perfect woman for him, where he immediately proceeds to insert Mia’s. His choice leads him to the titular Asako, however, which brings us to the film’s second setting.

The sum of the film’s pros and cons lingers on the first, although it’s decidedly not so, not least because of the performances and charisma of the protagonists, as well as some rather entertaining episodes. The film, however, shows its age, while its length isn’t exactly ideal. Still, there’s plenty to enjoy here, as moviegoers will likely enjoy seeing Lee Jung-jae and Kim Min-hee early in their careers in a whole different light than they do today.

Popie, Yenicall, Chewinggum and Zampano form a team of professional thieves ready to do anything to achieve their goals. After a successful heist, Popie’s former “associate” Macao Park contacts him and informs him of a very lucrative job to be held in Macau. At the same time, Pepsee, the third member of the previous team and Park’s ex-lover is released from prison. Popie’s current team agrees to take the new job and they take Pepsee, without telling Park. When they arrive in Hong Kong, a separate team awaits them, consisting of Chen, Andrew, Julie, and Johnny. All must now cooperate to steal a legendary diamond named “Tear of the Sun”. However, as tensions rise between the members, each seems to have their own agenda.

As for the actors, they all play wonderfully and the chemistry between them is excellent, which is a great achievement considering the number of protagonists. Kim Hye-soo as Pepsee and Kim Hae-sook as Chewinggum stand out from the female leads, while the film makes the most of Gianna Jun’s appearance, who plays Yenicall in a sultry way. Oh Dal-su as Andrew is still great as a comic book character, Simon Yam sometimes steals the show as Chen, in another tragic role for him, while the tension between Kim Yun-seok as as Macao Park and Lee Jung-jae as Popie is one of cinema’s biggest assets. (Panos Kotzathanasis)

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