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Lee Byung-hun, one of the country’s most celebrated actors with roles in films like “The Good, the Bad, The Weird”, “I Saw the Devil”, “Masquerade”, etc, will be the first Korean to present an award in this year’s ceremony, which takes place on February 28, accorfing to his agency, BH Entertainment.

Lee has been appearing in Hollywood films since 2009, when he netted the role of Storm Shadow in the film G.I. Joe: The Rise of the Cobra, and has appeared since in blockbusters as “RED 2”, “Terminator Genisys” and recently in “Misconduct”.

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Probably due to the recent accusations towards the Academy for overpresentation of white artists, the organization had to take some measures towards diversity, and Lee, with his career and overall popularity in  Asian audiences was an obvious choice.

It has not been revealed yet which award he will be presenting.

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My name is Panos Kotzathanasis and I am Greek. Being a fan of Asian cinema and especially of Chinese kung fu and Japanese samurai movies since I was a little kid, I cultivated that love during my adolescence, to extend to the whole of SE Asia. Starting from my own blog in Greek, I then moved on to write for some of the major publications in Greece, and in a number of websites dealing with (Asian) cinema, such as Taste of Cinema, Hancinema, EasternKicks, Chinese Policy Institute, and of course, Asian Movie Pulse. in which I still continue to contribute. In the beginning of 2017, I launched my own website, Asian Film Vault, which I merged in 2018 with Asian Movie Pulse, creating the most complete website about the Asian movie industry, as it deals with almost every country from East and South Asia, and definitely all genres. You can follow me on Facebook and Twitter.

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