Thursday, 16 November 2017

Lee Joon Gi: His Movies, Dramas And Music





LEE JOON GI  
HIS 
MOVIES
DRAMAS
AND
MUSIC






















LEE JOON GI


THE MULTI-TALENTED
SOUTH KOREAN
SUPERSTAR












Where do we begin when we talk about Lee Joon Gi - the multi-talented Korean superstar actor, action star, popstar (singer-dancer), album producer, model (catwalk, magazine & advertisement) and entertainer, who has the edge even over the younger stars? His multiple talents is the key to being relevant in the competitive South Korean showbusiness industry.










No one would object to the claim that Lee Joon Gi is ‘The King of Hallyu Superstars’ as he’s extraordinary: He’s got the acting chops, multiple talents, handsome looks, sex appeal, charisma, sense of humour, personality but also the ability to entertain and the tireless ambition to excel. One notices that he is fearless and adventurous in the projects that he has undertaken.










Although Lee Joon Gi is a famous, popular and high-profile actor and entertainer, there is nothing superficial or pretentious about him. He is friendly, loving, warm, playful and goofy in his relationships with people around him. One can sense his earnest desire to connect with his fans and his Instagram posts present an irresistible opportunity to connect with them.











Everyone should take inspiration from Lee Joon Gi. He tops in global ranking after the ginormous success of Moon Lovers Scarlet Heart: Ryeo in 2016 and Resident Evil: The Last Chapter in 2017. His popularity and influence reach out, like the tentacles of the extremely intelligent octopus, throughout the world, gripping Asia (China including Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and South East Asia), North and South America, Europe, including Eastern Europe, Australia and the Middle East. Interestingly, his popularity has also spread to Russia. One day, it might even penetrate India and Africa.









Lee Joon Gi is a survivor and has remained relevant in an industry that is competitive and ever-changing. The popularity of some actors or singers may flow and ebb but Lee Joon Gi has stayed relevant all these years. He has always taken new and challenging projects with gusto, and obstacles have never deterred him.











Previously, Lee had been compared with his peers and he had emerged as the winner. Handsome actors are a dime a dozen in South Korea. In fact, many actors of his generation or older have been consigned to obscurity. And now, Lee Joon Gi has been compared with his juniors and it’s no secret that he has proven his worth against his younger rivals as he has striven to remain relevant in the South Korean show business industry.  The iconic multi-talented actor-cum-entertainer is beyond compare.






BRILLIANT ACTOR






In the arena of acting where Lee Joon Gi is known for his acting chops, other actors pale in comparison to him. The Chinese have proclaimed that Lee Joon Gi is ‘The Actor with A Thousand Faces’. Other fans call him ‘The God / King of Sagueks’ (historical movies and dramas) and ‘The Greatest Martial Arts Star’.




2005 MY GIRL (SBS DRAMA)




2007 TIME BETWEEN DOG AND WOLF (MBC DRAMA



2007 MAY 18 (KOREAN MOVIE)




2009 HERO (MBC DRAMA)





THE ACTOR WITH A THOUSAND FACES

Why would Lee Joon Gi’s Chinese fans call him ‘The Actor with A Thousand Faces’? Well, his appearance is everchanging. Watching his shows is like watching the dramatic Sichuan ‘Bian Lian’ or Face-Changing. With a swipe of the hand or fan, there is an instantaneous change of the face. But, it is more than just a face change; it involves a thorough character change.






2013 TWO WEEKS (MBC DRAMA)



2013 TWO WEEKS (MBC DRAMA)



An example and a known fact is that Lee Joon Gi has even reduced his weight drastically to fit the spectacular image that is required in his drama, Moon Lovers-Scarlet Heart: Ryeo. The great effect is the handsome and alluring Wang So has left a trail of broken hearts after the drama ended.






2016 MOON LOVERS SCARLET HEART: RYEO (SBS DRAMA)




2016 MOON LOVERS SCARLET HEART: RYEO (SBS DRAMA)



2016 MOON LOVERS SCARLET HEART: RYEO (SBS DRAMA)




In Criminal Minds Korea, Lee has a new image with new hairstyles and a new wardrobe. But, what is interesting about his amazing transformation is the image of an earnest profiler with a distinctive sexy swagger. Lee joon Gi learned new skills including Systema, the Russian art of self-defence and magic tricks to give the drama an edge, and that has made a difference. If rival actors have amazing dramas to contend with in 2017, it is Criminal Minds which showcases Lee’s awesome acting prowess, martial arts skills and athleticism.






2017 CRIMINAL MINDS (TVN DRAMA)



2017 CRIMINAL MINDS (TVN DRAMA)



2017 CRIMINAL MINDS (TVN DRAMA)



2017 CRIMINAL MINDS (TVN DRAMA)




For as long as fans can remember, Lee Joon Gi has been chameleon-like, ever-changing and morphing from one character to another seamlessly in his movies and dramas, which may well explain the secret of his lasting relevance and enduring appeal.





2016 NEVER SAID GOODBYE (CHINESE MOVIE)


2016 NEVER SAID GOODBYE (CHINESE MOVIE)




GOD OF SAGUEKS



Back in the no-so-distant days, Lee Joon Gi’s claim to fame was The King And The Clown (2005). Over 12.3 million South Koreans watched the ninth highest grossing movie (US$ 74.4 million). Other Asians were simultaneously awed and touched by his breathtaking feminine and moving portrayal of the clown, Gong-gil, and Lee Joon Gi became an overnight sensation.





2005 THE KING AND THE CLOWN (KOREAN MOVIE)



2005 THE KING AND THE CLOWN (KOREAN MOVIE)




Fast-forward to 2017, Lee’s presence, impact and influence is much stronger than before. And, Lee Joon Gi has already added more amazing sagueks to his list of achievements: Iljimae, Arang And The Magistrate, Gunman In Joseon, The Scholar Who Walks The Night and Moon Lovers-Scarlet Heart: Ryeo.





2008 ILLJIMAE (SBS DRAMA)



2012 ARANG AND THE MAGISTRATE (MBC DRAMA




2014 GUNMAN IN JOSEON  (KBS DRAMA)


2014 GUNMAN IN JOSEON  (KBS DRAMA)



2014 GUNMAN IN JOSEON  (KBS DRAMA)




2015 THE SCHOLAR WHO WALKS THE NIGHT (MBC DRAMA)




2015 THE SCHOLAR WHO WALKS THE NIGHT (MBC DRAMA)




In ‘Iljimae’, Lee’s role as a rascally Joseon robber has made him even more popular than ever. He is amazing, handsome and masculine in ‘Arang   And The Magistrate’ and ‘Gunman In Joseon’ and he received the Outstanding Korean Actor Award in the Seoul International Drama Award ceremony in 2013 and 2015. His androgynous or beautiful appearance in ‘The Scholar Who Walks The Night’ has also given him a different appeal.






2016 MOON LOVERS SCARLET HEART: RYEO (SBS DRAMA)




But, Lee Joon Gi’s moving portrayal as the aggressive but vulnerable Wang So in ‘Moon Lovers-Scarlet Heart: Ryeo has boosted his popularity so much so that he has driven the Hallyu Wave right across the world.

It comes as little surprise that it is love at first sight for new fans when they watch the stellar Lee Joon Gi in his awesome drama, Moon Lovers Scarlet Heart Ryeo. Lee Joon Gi is magnificent, fascinating and sensational in the drama; his performance is magical, sterling and unforgettable. Watching him is a heart-stopping experience. His strong presence and brilliant performance defines the drama. He did major damage to the ladies’ hearts and made a mark on the industry. Never before in the history of South Korean dramas has a character  been able to wrench the hearts of billions of viewers. Lee Joon Gi, as the intense and passionate Wang So, has brought the world under his spell. One cries for him and with him. Lee Joon Gi’s Wang So inhabits the viewers' minds not just now but forever. While other dramas rise and fade in the viewers’ memory, Wang So will continue to haunt and charm them.








It is a drama that one wants to watch, and rewatch and sleep is expendable if one watches the 20-episode drama back-to-back.

In 2016, it was reported that Moon Lovers-Scarlet Heart: Ryeo had at least 2.5 billion views in China. He received The Best Actor Award from Taiwan for this drama in 2017. In Malaysia And Singapore, the drama garnered 73% of the South Korean drama viewership. His drama has won the best Historical Drama Award from Dramafever in 2017. Elsewhere in the world, including other parts of South-east Asia, South America, Europe and the Middle East, it has also been a hit with viewers. Lee Joon Gi has indeed reshaped the Hallyu world.




2017 RESIDENT EVIL: THE FINAL CHAPTER


2017 RESIDENT EVIL: THE FINAL CHAPTER





Lee has always had an ironclad relationship with his millions of loyal female fans but, after Moon Lovers-Scarlet Heart: Ryeo, a new generation of world-wide fans including male admirers, has embraced him. It is no wonder that with the action-oriented movie Resident Evil: The Final Chapter and action-filled drama, Criminal Minds, Lee Joon Gi has continued to hold his viewers in hypnotic thrall.





2017  CRIMINAL MINDS (TVN DRAMA)


2017  CRIMINAL MINDS (TVN DRAMA)




2017  CRIMINAL MINDS (TVN DRAMA)




2017  CRIMINAL MINDS (TVN DRAMA)



 2016-2017 FIRST SEVEN KISSES (LOTTE DUTY FREE WEB DRAMA SERIES)



 2016-2017 FIRST SEVEN KISSES (LOTTE DUTY FREE WEB DRAMA SERIES)




2016-2017 FIRST SEVEN KISSES (LOTTE DUTY FREE WEB DRAMA SERIES)




Although TVN’s captivating show, ‘Candy In My Ear’ which stars Lee Joon Gi and Park Min Young, is not a drama, one has to mention it as it is one of Lee Joon Gi’s stellar achievements.

‘Candy In My Ear’ has been promoted as a reality show but obviously, it is not a 100% reality show. A paradox. Certain parts are real but the romantic setting has been staged. One should not think of it as scripted acting despite the fact it feels like a sort of romantic comedy being played out freely by two talented actors within a reality show. TVN’s ‘Candy In My Ears’ has showcased the remarkable acting abilities of both actors who have remained friends for over ten years.

The reaction to the show was stupendous, one that is almost similar to that of Moon Lovers Scarlet Heart: Ryeo. The editors had probably cut off a ton of footage, lending the show an air of romance. The show has garnered the empathy of the viewers who have openly confessed to being teary-eyed over the heart-wrenching ending.

One can conclude that TVN is quite innovative and creative, and the production staff should be given due credit for their efforts.


On hindsight, the controversy that was stirred up was obviously due to mischief makers who spread rumours out of petty jealousy and competition.






2017 CANDY IN MY EARS (TVN REALITY SHOW)
















ANOTHER LOOK
LEE JOON GI
THE ACTOR WITH A THOUSAND FACES






















































































































THE AMAZING
MARTIAL ARTIST AND ACTION ACTOR




2017 CRIMINAL MINDS (TVN DRAMA)



Lee Joon Gi’s stylish martial arts moves always give the audience a huge adrenalin rush. Lee has showcased his Taekwondo, Taekkyon and Hapkido (Korean) and Wing Chun (Chinese) skills in most of his movies and dramas - Virgin Snow (Japanese-Korean movie), Fly Daddy Fly (Korean movie), Resident Evil: The Last Chapter (North American movie), Iljimae, Time Between Dog And Wolf, Two Weeks, Arang And The Magistrate, Gunman In Joseon, The Scholar Who Walks The Night, Moon Lovers-Scarlet Heart: Ryeo and Criminal Minds Korea.








Recently, Lee added a new skill, Systema, the Russian art of self-defence to his repertoire of martial arts skills. And, he has flaunted his newly-learned skills in Criminal Minds Korea which means that now Lee Joon Gi has 5 martial arts skills under his belt:  Taekwondo, Taekkyon and Hapkido (Korean); Wing Chun (Chinese) and Systema (Russian). Mind-blowing. There are certainly no grounds for doubt about Lee Joon Gi’s sincere commitment to acting and entertainment.











TALENTED POPSTAR






Some newbies, who are unfamiliar with the South Korean drama and music world, are surprised to discover that Lee Joon Gi is also a popstar, a singer-dancer. Lee has been organising concerts in the form of fan meets since his debut and his fans have been entertained by his melodious songs from his albums and his amusing antics on stage.

The entertaining singing and dancing concerts that he has held are many. The recent ones include LJG Asia Tour Time With You (2013), Asia Tour Together (2014-15), Joongi’s Day (2015), Lee Joon Gi Splendour Family Day (2015) and Thank You Asia Tour (2016-2017).



THANK YOU ASIA TOUR
2016-2017



SOUTH KOREA THANK YOU TOUR
Seoul (03.12.17)
Seoul (04.12.17)









JAPAN THANK YOU TOUR
Nagoya (21.12.2017)
Osaka (22.12.2017)
Yokohama (24.12.17)




TAIWAN THANK YOU TOUR
(08.01.2017)












Arrival at Taipei





HONG KONG THANK YOU TOUR
SINGAPORE THANK YOU TOUR
(04.03.2017)










Arrival at Singapore




SEOUL THANK YOU ENCORE CONCERT 
(15.04.2017)
(Birthday celebration with fans)






















CREATIVE ALBUM PRODUCER


One should also highlight the less known fact that other than his astonishing acting-singing achievements, Lee Joon Gi is also a producer of his own albums. He seems to have put a magical touch to his works.


J STYLE
(2006)

One Word, Don’t Know Love & Foolish Love




J STYLE
(2009)

J Style, Soliloquy, I’m Ready, Selfless Dedicated Tree
& Fiery Eyes




DEUCER
(2012)

Together, The Rain, Born Again & Sweet Memory




CASE BY CASE
(2013)

The Answer, Tonight, Case By Case, closer, Lost Frame





MY DEAR
(2013)
Fever, My Dear, Fiery Eyes (New Version), Foolish Love (New Version) & Selfless Dedicated Tree





EXHALE
(2014)
Ma Lady, U, For A While, Bring Da Beat





THANK YOU
(2016)
Thank You, Now & We Wish You A Merry Christmas










The multi-talented Lee Joon Gi is South Korea's national treasure and should be treasured.