Lee Byung Hun Is Awarded for His Contributions to Asian Film

David Song, July 6, 2016, 10:12 a.m.

Actor Lee Byung-hun was awarded the Star Asia Award at the 15th annual New York Asian Film Festival for his contribution to the growth of the Asian film industry. Lee’s agency BH Entertainment revealed that Lee was given the award for his role in the film “Inside Men.” He played Ahn Sang-goo, a political henchman who has his hand dismembered. 

During its first four days at the South Korean box office, “Inside Men” grossed 13.2 billion won ($11.3 million) in ticket sales and drew more than 2 million viewers in just six days, a record for an R-rated film. Lee expressed his joy at receiving the prestigious award, saying, “It gives me great joy to be able to show you ‘Inside Men’ and I wish to repay the great honor to everyone that supports Asian films.”

The Star Asia Award is given to Asian stars that further the growth of Asian films. Last year the award went to Hong Kong actor Kwok Fu-shing. Lee recently finished filming for the upcoming movie “Single Rider.” He is currently going back and forth between Korea and the Philippines for the filming of “Master.” 

Lee will also be in the upcoming Hollywood remake of “The Magnificent Seven,” alongside “Jurassic World” and “Guardians of the Galaxy” star Chris Pratt.

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