Lee Hong-gi

Lee Hong-gi (Korean이홍기; Hanja李弘基; pronounced [iː hoŋɡiː ]; Japanese: イ•ホンギ), also known mononymously as Hongki, is a South Korean singer and actor. He is best known as the lead singer of the South Korean rock band F.T. Island. In 2015, Lee debuted as a solo artist with the releases of his first Korean extended play FM302 and his first Japanese album, AM302. In 2018, his second extended play Do n Do was released.

Lee Hong-gi
Lee Hong-gi in 2019.
Lee Hong-gi in 2019.
Background information
Also known asLee Hong-ki
Born (1990-03-02) 2 March 1990 (age 30)[1]
Seongnam, Gyeonggi Province, South Korea
  • Singer
  • actor
Years active
  • 2002–present
Associated actsF.T. Island
Korean name
Revised RomanizationI Hong-gi
McCune–ReischauerYi Hongki

As an actor, Lee has participated in various television dramas, notably You're Beautiful (2009), Bride of the Century (2014), Modern Farmer (2014) and A Korean Odyssey (2017).

Acting careerEdit

Before Lee Hong-ki debuted as a singer with the band F.T. Island, he was a child actor, making his acting debut in 2002 in the KBS2 TV series Magic Kid Masuri as Masuri's friend.[2] This sitcom gained popularity among elementary school students. He was also featured in Kkangsooni, where he played the character of Eo Soo-bong, and sang for the sitcom's OST.

In 2008, he was offered the lead role in Master of Study, the Korean adaptation of Japanese drama Dragon Zakura. Master of Study should have aired in the beginning of 2009 but due to preproduction difficulties, the drama was postponed to the beginning of 2010 which led FNC Entertainment to refuse Lee's role because of his busy schedule with the band.

Lee then played Lysander in a Korean musical theatre version of A Midsummer Night's Dream,[2] where he showcased his singing, acting and dancing skills. In 2009, after a five-year break, he made his acting comeback and took the role of the quirky but loveable drummer Jeremy in You're Beautiful.[3] To promote the drama, he also contributed solo tracks to the OST, such as "Promise" and "Still/As Ever."[4] He received a New Star Award at the 2009 SBS Drama Awards for his performance. You're Beautiful recorded modest ratings in South Korea, but it became an international success and with it, Lee's worldwide popularity increased.

In April 2011, Lee starred in the TBS Japanese drama Muscle Girl! opposite Yui Ichikawa.[5] This was followed by a 90-minute Korean-Japanese co-production titled Noriko Goes to Seoul, in which he played a young aspiring singer who meets an older woman (Takashima Reiko) who inspires him through hardships to achieve his dream.[6]

In June 2013, he made his big screen debut in the movie Rockin' on Heaven's Door (Korean title: Passionate Goodbye), with Baek Jin-hee, in which Lee portrayed as a rebellious music star who is sent to work in a hospice.[7][8]

Lee began filming Bride of the Century with Yang Jin-sung. He went on a four-week rest after he dislocated his shoulder and suffered facial fractures during December 2013.[9][10] He resumed shooting in January 2014, and the drama aired that February.[11][12]

Lee also starred in SBS Modern Farmer alongside Park Min-woo, Lee Ha-nui, and others. The drama aired from 18 October 2014 to 21 December 2014, at 20:40 on Saturdays and Sundays.

Music careerEdit

Lee in 2012

F.T. IslandEdit

In 2007, Lee debuted in the band F.T. Island as the lead singer. He can also rap and beatbox.

Lee decided to pursue a career in singing after he starred in Kkangsooni, for which he sang a song for the soundtrack. At the end of the drama, he performed the song live on stage. He was 13 years old at that time. Impressed by his powerful vocal ability, a few people approached him, not wishing to waste his talent for singing. Then-fledgling label company FNC Entertainment Music signed Lee and fully trained him to become the lead singer of F.T. Island.

Solo debutEdit

In 2015, Lee announced through social media that he was working on both a Korean and Japanese album, which was released in November and December respectively.[13] The mini Korean album was revealed to be FM302, and the album was released on 18 November 2015,[14] while the Japanese album was revealed to be AM302, and it was released on 9 December 2015.[15] 'FM302' combines the radio terminology frequency modulation (FM) with Lee's birthday which is on 2 March, to create the effect of his own radio frequency that resonates his music across the world. The title song "Insensible" is a ballad track and it tells the sad story of a man who is unable to forget his previous love. The music video was published on 18 November 2015.[16] The lead actress of the music video is actress Park Shin-hye.[17] Prior to his official music video release, a showcase was organised.[18] Upon the release of FM302, it topped both Naver's real-time search chart, as well as Hanteo sales chart. The album still retained its position next week, selling more than 19,000 albums within two weeks. Moreover, six days after the release of the album, Lee won first place on SBS MTV's The Show for the first time.[19] The album charted at No. 2 on Gaon Chart's national physical albums ranking, as well as No. 5 on the Gaon Social Chart in the 3rd week of November.[20]

On the other hand, the music video for the lead single of the Japanese album AM302, "モノローグ (Monologue)", was published on 11 November 2015 on F.T. Island's Official Japanese YouTube channel. The Japanese album contained some tracks from the Korean album FM302, but was translated into Japanese. The album is also available in three different sets, namely, the original version, Primadonna version (for fans), and the limited edition DVD version.[21] Upon release, it charted at #4 in the Oricon charts.[citation needed]

Soundtrack appearancesEdit

Lee has sung many OSTs for different dramas such as You're Beautiful, Heartstrings and The Heirs.

On 21 May 2015, Dal Shabet's official YouTube channel uploaded a video titled Joker in Rock Version. The video was a collaboration with Lee and Subin singing Joker in rock version.[22] It was believed that the two decided on a collaboration when Lee and Subin met on Hello Counselor.

Compositions and lyric-writingEdit

In recent years, Lee has also begun composing music, contributing the songs "Black Chocolate" and "Orange Sky" to F.T. Island's Japanese album Rated FT, as well as the title track "Memory" and the song "Always With You" on F.T. Island's Korean mini-album Thanks To, "Siren" from their album The Mood and title song "Wind" from their album Over 10 Years .[23][24] He also composed Japanese songs "On My Way", "Just Please" and "Born to be a Rock n Roller".[25][26]

Personal lifeEdit

Lee Hong-gi in Paris in 2015 at La Cigale

Lee was enrolled in Kyunghee University studying theatre and film.[2]

Lee started his own fashion brand 'Skullhong' in June 2014. He designs accessories, jewelry and various nail products.[27] It was originally based in Seoul, but has since expanded its business to Hong Kong, and Tokyo, Japan.[28]

On 30 September 2019, Lee began his mandatory military service, becoming the first F.T. Island member to enlist.[29]


Lee Hongki at the Music Core Concert in Hanoi, Vietnam, in November 2012


  • 2015: AM302 (Japanese)
  • 2018: Cheers (Japanese)
  • 2020: Mixtape (Japanese)


  • 2015: FM302 (Korean)
  • 2018: Do n Do (Korean)

Soundtrack contributionsEdit

Year Filmography Song's Title
2004 Kangsooni To My Friend
2007 Unstoppable Marriage Lately I
2009 You're Beautiful Still,
2011 Heartstrings Even If It's Not Necessary
2013 The Heirs I'm Saying
Rockin' on Heaven's Door Jump,
We Got Married Global Edition Sesson 1 OST Two Of Us
2014 Bride of the Century Words I Have Yet To Say
Modern Farmer When Love Comes,
Do Or Die
2018 Switch Raise Me Up


Television seriesEdit

Year Network Title Role Notes
2002 EBS TV Original Fairytale: Bicycle Thief Educational TV series
KBS2 Magic Kid Masuri Masuri's friend Main cast
2004 EBS There's Light at the Tip of My Fingernails
EBS Kkangsooni Eo Soo-bong Educational TV series
MBC Freezing Point Hwan-yi Supporting role
2005 EBS Flower Butterfly and Sunflower Educational TV series
EBS Winter Child Educational TV series
2008 KBS2 Unstoppable Marriage Hwang Sa-baek's friend Cameo, Ep. 62
SBS On Air himself Cameo, Ep. 1
2009 SBS Style himself Cameo, Ep. 6
SBS You're Beautiful Jeremy Main cast
2010 MBC More Charming By the Day chicken delivery guy Cameo, Ep. 111
SBS My Girlfriend Is a Nine-Tailed Fox Jeremy Cameo, Ep. 16
2011 TBS Muscle Girl! Yoo Ji-ho Lead role
KBS2 Noriko Goes to Seoul Kim Min-ha Lead role
2013 tvN Cheongdam-dong 111 himself Reality show
2014 TV Chosun Bride of the Century Choi Kang-joo Lead role
SBS Modern Farmer Lee Min-ki Lead role
2015 SBS MTV Coming Out FTISLAND himself Reality show (with F.T. Island members)
2017 tvN A Korean Odyssey P.K Main cast[30]
2019 Oksusu (mobile platform) I hate you Juliet (literal title) Cha Yool Lead role
tvN Melting Me Softly Son Hyeon-gi (young) Cameo


Year Title Role Notes
2013 Rockin' on Heaven's Door Choong-ui Lead role
2014 How to Steal a Dog Seok-gu Supporting role

Variety showEdit

Year Title Network Notes
2008 Good Daddy SBS Cast member
2009 Inkigayo SBS Regular MC
Mnet Scandal Idol Show Mnet
2010 100 Points Out of 100 aka Oh! My School KBS2 Cast member (Ep. 1 – Ep. 12)
Oh My School KBS Cast member
2013 We Got Married Global Edition MBC Cast member (with Fujii Mina)
2015 King of Mask Singer MBC Contestant as "Blow Hot and Cold Bat Human" (Ep. 3)
2017 King of Mask Singer MBC Contestant as "Lupin the Phantom Thief" (Ep. 105–106)[31]
The Life Academy tvN Cast member
Night Goblin JTBC Cast member (Episode 2-present)
2018 Legendary Bowling TV Chosun Cast member
Find F.T. Island FNC Ent. (YouTube) Cast member
Road to Ithaca tvN Cast member
Produce 48 MNET Cast member (Vocal Trainer)
2019 Produce X 101 MNET MC for the Beginning Episode

Radio showEdit

Year Title Network Notes
2016-2018 Lee Honggi Kiss The Radio (Hongkira) KBS Cool FM DJ from 17 October 2016 to April 2018

Musical theatreEdit

Year Title Role Notes
2009 A Midsummer Night's Dream Lysander Main role
2014 Vampire[32] Dracula Main role
2016 Those Days[33] Mooyoung Main role
2020 Return[34] Hyunmin


Year Title Note(s)
2013 Lee Hong-gi's Nail Art [35]
2014 Hongstargram [36]

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2009 17th Korean Culture and Entertainment Awards[2] Top 10 Singers N/A Won
SBS Drama Awards[37] New Star Award You're Beautiful Won
2010 16th Korean Entertainment Arts Awards[2] Best Male Singer N/A Won
2013 27th Golden Disk Awards InStyle Fashionista Award[38] N/A Won
2014 9th Seoul International Drama Awards Outstanding Korean Drama OST "I'm Saying" Nominated
16th Seoul International Youth Film Festival Best OST by a Male Artist Nominated


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