Lee Byung-Hun ended 2015 on a high note with the hit political thriller Inside Men, which attracted over nine million viewers to theaters. He did a fantastic job at pulling off the character of political henchman Ahn Sang-Goo in the film.
(Still: Ahn croons Lee Eun-Ha’s ‘Spring Rain’ as he advances against Moon to hammer his fingers to shreds.)
On the heels of the massive success of Inside Men, Lee recently starred in the US thriller Misconduct, with Al Pacino, Anthony Hopkins and Josh Duhamel.
Lee has extended his influence beyond Asia to Hollywood, and his films continue to make waves internationally.
Here are his next films to look forward to.
The Magnificent Seven
Director Antoine Fuqua brings his modern vision to a classic story in Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures’ and Columbia Pictures’ The Magnificent Seven, in which Lee features as Billy Rocks, who is probably the new version of one of the seven.
Under the deadly control of an industrialist, the desperate townspeople employ protection from seven outlaws, bounty hunters, gamblers and hired guns. As they prepare the town for the violent showdown that they know is coming, these seven mercenaries find themselves fighting for more than money.
The Magnificent Seven will bow in US theaters this fall.
Single Rider, which marks the directing debut of Lee Joo-young, began filming on March 21st.
Lee features as the branch manager of an investment firm, who disappears when he becomes embroiled in a scandal. Gong plays his wife, an ex-violinist who lives in Australia with their son, while Ahn features as a student, who goes to Australia on a working holiday.
It is the second Korean production for Warner Bros. in Korea, following Kim Ji-Woon’s Colonial Era action film Secret Agent.
Lee has signed on to star in the crime-action film Master by Cold Eyes (2013) director Jo Ui-Seok. It boasts an abundance of stars, including Kim Woo-Bin and Kang Dong-Won.
Lee features as Jin, the president of a company involved in a large fraud case, while the youth comedy Twenty (2015) star Kim plays his right-hand man. Kang, who has scored successive hits with The Priests and A Violent Prosecutor, is on board to play the leader of a crime unit looking to take the company down.
Additional sources: Kobiz, Sony Pictures Entertainment