Jae Hee (in korean: 재희; born Lee Hyun-kyun on May 25, 1980) is a South Korean actor. He is best known for his leading roles in the 2004 arthouse film 3-Iron and the 2005 television series Sassy Girl Chun-hyang.

Jae Hee
Lee Hyun-kyun

(1980-05-25) May 25, 1980 (age 39)
EducationDankook University - Theater and Film
Years active1996-present
AgentPolaris Entertainment (Past)
Family Ent - (Present, 2018)
unnamed (m. 2010)
Children1 son (Lee Ra-On)
Korean name
Revised RomanizationJae Hui
McCune–ReischauerChae Hŭi
Birth name
Revised RomanizationI Hyeon-gyun
McCune–ReischauerI Hyŏn-kyun


Jae Hee began his acting career as a child actor in the 1997 drama Mountain. He continued to appear on television, such as in the campus drama School 2 and the family sitcom Wuri's Family, as well as the 2000 horror film Bloody Beach.

In 2004, he was cast as the lead actor in Kim Ki-duk's 3-Iron, playing a silent young man who breaks into vacant houses and while living there for a few days, he cleans the house and repairs broken gadgets during his stay. The arthouse film won critical acclaim both locally and internationally.[1][2] For his performance Jae Hee was named Best New Actor at the Blue Dragon Film Awards.

But Jae Hee's breakout role would come in 2005, when he played the playful but loyal Lee Mong-ryong in Sassy Girl Chun-hyang, a modernized romantic comedy based on the well-known folktale Chunhyangjeon.[3] It became a huge hit not only in Korea, but throughout Asia, making him and co-star Han Chae-young into Korean Wave stars.[4][5][6]

He followed that with action comedy film The Art of Fighting in 2006, in which he played a bullied high school kid who learns about martial arts and life from a wizened mentor (played by veteran actor Baek Yoon-sik).

Jae Hee returned to television, playing a chef in 2007's Witch Yoo Hee (in which he reunited with Chun-hyang director Jeon Ki-sang), and a surrogate father in 2008's One Mom and Three Dads, but those series were less successful ratings-wise.

On August 5, 2008 he enlisted for mandatory military service. He was assigned to the Defense Media Agency until his discharge on June 18, 2010.[7][8]

For his first post-army project, Jae Hee was initially cast in Hooray for Love, but had to drop out after he sustained a back injury during windsurfing practice for the role. Instead, he starred as the chaebol heir of a cosmetics firm in cable romantic comedy Color of Woman, which aired on Channel A in 2011.[9]

Jae Hee played the antagonist in May Queen, a 2012 generational epic set against the backdrop of the shipbuilding industry in Ulsan during Korea's modernization. He received an Excellence Award from the MBC Drama Awards.

In 2013, he joined period drama Jang Ok-jung, Living by Love, a revisionist take on the titular Jang, more infamously known as the royal concubine Jang Hui-bin. Initially cast as Jang Ok-jung's first love,[10] his screen time was drastically reduced. Later that year, his Chinese film Crimes of Passion received a theater release three years after Jae Hee shot it in 2010.[11]

Other activitiesEdit

Jae Hee is currently running an online apparel shopping mall called Easy by Step, which he established in May 2007.

Personal lifeEdit

After an article appeared in Korean ladies magazine Woman Sense that the presumed bachelor actor was leading a secret life, Jae Hee confirmed on October 23, 2012 that he had been married to a non-celebrity since 2010, and that he and his wife have a son. He said he didn't reveal his marital status not because he was ashamed or hiding his family (the marriage and his son's birth were officially registered at the borough office), but because he wanted to be "private" and "protect his loved-ones."[12][13][14]


Television dramasEdit

Year Title Role Network
1997 Mountain MBC
1998 I Love You! I Love You! Lee Joo-beom SBS
Steal My Heart Choi Kwan-woo SBS
New Generation Report: Adults Don't Know KBS1
Soonpoong Clinic Pizza delivery man
(episodes 184, 367)
1999 School 2 Lee Sung-je KBS2
2000 Golbangi SBS
Medical Center AIDS patient
(guest, episode 5)
2001 Wuri's Family Gyeo-re MBC
2002 To Be with You Lee Sang-won KBS1
2005 Sassy Girl Chun-hyang Lee Mong-ryong KBS2
2006 My Girl Lee Mong-ryong
(cameo, episode 16)
2007 Witch Yoo Hee Chae Moo-ryong SBS
2008 One Mom and Three Dads Choi Kwang-hee KBS2
Hometown Legends "Oh Goo the Exorcism" Yoon Ki-joo KBS2
Chase! X-boyfriend Mnet
2011 Color of Woman Yoon Joon-soo Channel A
2012 May Queen Park Chang-hee MBC
2013 Jang Ok-jung, Living by Love Hyun Chi-soo SBS
The Firstborn Park Soon-taek JTBC
2015 Save the Family Jung Woo-jin KBS1
2016 The Vampire Detective Han Gyu Min OCN
Goddess of Immortality Movie Director Naver
2017 You Are Too Much Jo Sung Taek MBC
2018 Voice 2[15] Son Ho-min
(guest, episode 8-9)


Year Title Role
1999 Ghost in Love Jin Chae-byul's younger brother
2000 Bloody Beach Won-il
2004 3-Iron Tae-suk
2006 The Art of Fighting Song Byeong-tae
2007 The Evil Twin Hyun-sik
Zig Zag Love Sung-hyun
2008 Mandate Choi Kang
2013 Crimes of Passion Jeong-hee
2018 Folktale Heung-boo
2018 Memento Mori Min-soo

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2004 25th Blue Dragon Film Awards Best New Actor 3-Iron Won
2005 KBS Drama Awards Best New Actor Sassy Girl Chun-hyang Won
Best Couple Award with Han Chae-young Won
2006 41st Baeksang Arts Awards Best New Actor (TV) Nominated
Best New Actor (Film) 3-Iron Nominated
2009 The Army Chief of Staff Award N/A N/A Won
2012 MBC Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actor in a Serial Drama May Queen Won
2015 4th APAN Star Awards Excellence Award, Actor in a Serial Drama Save the Family Nominated
KBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actor in a Daily Drama Nominated
2016 2nd KWebFest Best Actor Goddess of Immortality Nominated
2018 4th SeoulWebFest Best Actor Memento Mori Won


  1. ^ Bertolin, Paolo (15 September 2004). "Kim's 3-Iron Hailed as Moral Winner of Venice Film Festival". The Korea Times via Hancinema. Retrieved 2013-03-16.
  2. ^ Lee, Rachel (21 January 2006). "Kim Ki-duk Latest Film 3-Iron Gets Rave Reviews". Dynamic Korea via Hancinema. Retrieved 2013-03-16.
  3. ^ "Han Chae-young, Jae Hee Named Chun-hyang Festival Spokespersons". KBS Global. 24 March 2005. Retrieved 2013-03-16.
  4. ^ "Han Chae-young, Jae Hee Selected 'Coolest Couple'". KBS Global. 29 March 2005. Retrieved 2013-03-16.
  5. ^ "Jae Hee Makes Inroads into Taiwan". KBS Global. 5 July 2005. Retrieved 2013-03-16.
  6. ^ "Han Chae-young, Jae Hee Hold Fan Meeting in Tokyo". KBS Global. 2 May 2006. Retrieved 2013-03-16.
  7. ^ Kim, Jessica (18 June 2010). "Jae-hee smiles after military discharge". 10Asia. Retrieved 2013-03-16.
  8. ^ Park, Kun-ouc (18 June 2010). "Lee Jun-ki "having a hard time" in military, says Jae-hee". 10Asia. Retrieved 2013-03-16.
  9. ^ Kim, Jessica (15 November 2011). "Jae-hee to take on 1st small screen role in new series". 10Asia. Retrieved 2013-03-16.
  10. ^ Ho, Stewart (24 January 2013). "Actor Jae Hee Joins Jang Ok Jung as Kim Tae Hee's First Love". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2013-01-27.
  11. ^ Xie, Tingting (20 January 2013). "Recommended Movie: A Sentimental Story". CRI English. Retrieved 2013-06-03.
  12. ^ Lee, Hye-ji (23 October 2012). "Jae Hee Uncases Secret Marriage and Child". 10Asia. Retrieved 2013-03-16.
  13. ^ Kim, Ji-yeon (23 October 2012). "Actor Jae Hee Reveals He is Indeed Married and Has a Son". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2013-03-16.
  14. ^ Sunwoo, Carla (24 October 2012). "Jae Hee admits marriage, child". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2013-03-16.
  15. ^ "박은수에게 데이트를 폭로 한 손호민 (재희)!" (in Korean). Retrieved September 3, 2018.

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