Despite only recently becoming internationally famous, despite the huge success of The Squid Game, which also just won him an Emmy Award, Lee Jong Jae has actually been popular in South Korea for decades, his career began in the 90s. , and became one of the most successful blockbusters in the country, not to mention a couple of masterpieces. In honor of the great actor and on the occasion of the Emmy awards, we decided to compile a list of 10 of his works that definitely deserve attention, in chronological order.
The story centers on Seo Hyun, a housewife in her late thirties who has a sedentary lifestyle, a successful architect husband, and a loving son. Her day is a series of routines that are thrown into disarray by the arrival of Wu-ying, her younger sister’s fiancé. When her sister misses her flight from LA to Seoul, Seo Hyun has to show Woo-in around while he looks for homes for the soon-to-be-married couple. As the two spend time together looking for homes and getting to know each other better, feelings turn the other way and the two engage in an illicit romance that both know is wrong and will have inevitable consequences, but neither of them can’t stop it.
The portrayal of this aspect of their passions is excellent, as the sex scenes are numerous and filmed in a sensitive yet artistic manner, and these scenes remain the highlights of Kim Yong Chul’s cinematography. It helps that both actors involved in them are extremely handsome, and both Lee Jong Jae and Lee Mi Sook look equally unspeakable. The two share a sincere and honest chemistry that makes the feelings shared between them come to light. The older Mi-suk is especially good at conveying the inner conflict of emotions. There are no outbursts, no large-scale quarrels that often overwhelm the narratives that follow such a storyline, either. Any manifestation of emotions is expressed not by words, but by the body language of two. (Rhythm Assurance)
Real life best friends also play real life friends. Do Cheol, played by Jung Woo Sung, is a boxer who has the skill and passion for the sport but isn’t really built to play without winning anything but cuts, bruises, and concussions. Meanwhile, Hong-gi, played by Lee Jong-jae, is a low-level gangster working as a debt collector for a loan shark who puts money above all else. Hongi manages to get Do Chul a job with her boss. Do-chul wants to succeed in boxing, but does not want to resort to any necessary means. On the other hand, Honggi is a materialistic person who loves money, going as far as to deceive girls to get it, but disrespects them and is deeply in debt, losing every won almost as soon as he earns. It. The two friends love each other like brothers, but their different philosophies and outlooks on life often lead them to fight.
It’s no secret that both Jung Woo Sung and Lee Jong Jae have a charm that’s on full display here in their young personalities. Both have ample opportunity to hone their dramatic abilities, but it’s when their swagger is on display that their roles shine. Taking their friendship from the real world to the big screen results in amazing chemistry between the two, both playing each other well even when mad at their on-screen friends. Every other role in the film, including that of Mimi Han Go Eun, plays a supporting role after them, keeping both of these charismatic and incredibly handsome young actors at the center of the story. (Rhythm Assurance)
It’s Christmas time and Eun-joo (Jung Ji-hyun) is moving out of a beautiful stilt house overlooking the sea called Il Mare (Italian for the Sea), which she rents for a short time. She doesn’t want to miss her mail – especially a specific letter she hopes to receive from the US – so she leaves a card for the next tenant in the mailbox in front of the house, where she kindly asks that any letters be forwarded to her new address. She also wishes a Merry Christmas 1999. She later finds a response from someone saying it must be a mistake as he is pretty sure the current year is 1997. The responder is Sung Hyun (Lee Jong Jae), an aspiring architect who works temporarily at a construction site. who just moved in. He is confused and intrigued by the letter, not only because of the date discrepancy, but also because he is the first owner to live in the house and he knows it more than well since it was built by his estranged father. , a notorious architect and teacher. After a brief exchange of puzzled messages, they realize that they are indeed 2 years apart in time, but they are able to communicate through a mailbox that somehow mysteriously acts as a portal between the two timelines.
Lee Jung Jae fits in well as Mr. Nice Guy, cooking spaghetti like a Chef and sipping fine wines to Jazzy OST, sometimes dangerously close to looking like a chocolate box commercial, but always very cute. (Adriana Rosati)
Years before ‘Asian Angel’ cast Korean and Japanese actors as lead characters, and many more years before Lee Jong Jae became an international star with ‘Squid Game’ and Kim Min Hee with ‘The Handmaid’ . and her collaboration with Hong Sang-soo, there was a film that managed to combine all these elements, Asako in Ruby Shoes.
The story takes place in two different locations, South Korea and Japan. In the first, E Woo-ying is a rather bored civil servant who is not satisfied with either his job or life without friends and girlfriends. He spends his nights surfing porn sites, although in 2000 visiting them required money that he was unwilling to give. However, his voyeurism doesn’t stop there, but extends to his real life, as he often spies on women in the closets of the office he works in, an attempt that eventually leads to infatuation, to the point of stalking Mia, a punk red-haired woman who soon realizes his desire, but shows no desire to have anything to do with him. One day, Woo-ying receives a spam email that ends up taking him to a website asking him to enter the characteristics of his ideal woman, where he immediately pastes Mia’s characteristics. However, his choice leads him to the titular Asako, which brings us to the second setting of the film.
The sum of the film’s pros and cons gravitates toward the former, though not exactly, especially due to the performances and charisma of the main characters, as well as some rather entertaining sequences. The film, however, is showing its age, and its running time is not entirely ideal. However, there is plenty of fun to be had here, and movie buffs are likely to enjoy seeing Lee Jong Jae and Kim Min Hee at the start of their careers in a completely different light than they are today.
Popi, Yenikall, Chewinggum and Zampano are a team of professional thieves who are ready to do anything to achieve their goals. After a successful heist, Popy’s former “ally” Pak Macao contacts him and informs him of a very lucrative job to be done in Macau. At the same time, Pepsi, the third member of the previous team and Park’s former lover, is released from prison. Popi’s current team agrees to take on a new job and takes Pepsi with them without telling Puck. When they arrive in Hong Kong, a separate team is waiting for them, consisting of Chen, Andrew, Julie and Johnny. Now they all must unite to steal the legendary diamond called “Tear of the Sun”. However, as tensions rise between the members, it seems that everyone has their own plans.
As far as the cast is concerned, they are all great and the chemistry between them is great, which is quite an achievement considering the number of main characters. Kim Hye Soo as Pepsi and Kim Hae Sook as Bubblegum stand out among the female leads, while the film makes the most of Gianna Joon’s appearance, who plays Yenikall in sultry fashion. Oh Dal-soo as Andrew is great as always as a comic character, Simon Yam steals the show at times as Chen in another tragic role for him, while tensions between Kim Yoon Suk as Park Macao and Lee Jung Jae as Popi is one of the film’s biggest strengths. (Panos Kotzatanasis)
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