BEYOND DECEIT Puts the Star In a Heavy Role
Lee Byung-hun is a busy man.
The Korean movie star returned to the world of American film production (last seen in the states for 2013’s RED 2 and G.I. JOE: RETALIATION) for summer sci-fi franchiser TERMINATOR: GENISYS. In the film, Lee took a turn as the iconic cyborg.
Additionally, the actor performs next to acting heavyweights Al Pacino and Anthony Hopkins in the upcoming English-language thriller BEYOND DECEIT, coming to theaters next year. To top it all off, Lee suited up for MEMORIES OF THE SWORD, a Korean martial arts drama that made its local debut back in August. And he’s done it all in the aftermath of a blackmail scandal that concluded in January.
This guy’s got hustle. Rounding out twenty fifteen for the Korean movie star, comes, hot off the presses, is THE INSIDE MEN. Released November 19 in South Korea, the film stars Lee as, per KDramaStars, “a political gangster,” who alongside a character portrayed by Baek Yoon Sik, “work for the rich and powerful, brokering secret deals” via both a corrupt newspaper and shady business agreements.
Lee and Baek are joined by a politician, working with the partners in crime to become President. Of course, things, as they tend to do in these flicks, hardly go as planned, and all manner of mayhem is likely on the menu. Additional members of THE INSIDE MAN’s cast include Cho Seung-woo and Bae Seong-woo.
INSIDE MEN is based on a webtoon (a type of online comic book that has become popular in South Korea), NAEBOOJADEUL, created by Yoon Tae-ho. The film adaptation has already earned a favorable notice from Wong Ho-jung of The Korea Herald. Won calling the film “a scathing, absorbing work,” and noting that “Lee… shines through — so much that even the unforgiving Korean online crowd has praised his acting in early reviews.” Be it scandal or jet lag, nothing is stopping Lee Byung-hun these days.