G.I. Joe with Byung Hun Lee

G.I. Joe the movie is finally out today. Last year, we revealed that Storm Shadow would be played by Byung Hun Lee. (We even had footage of one of the chase scenes.) Here’s a synopsis of the film:

From the Egyptian desert to deep below the polar ice caps, the elite G.I. JOE team uses the latest in next-generation spy and military equipment to fight the corrupt arms dealer Destro and the growing threat of the mysterious Cobra organization to prevent them from plunging the world into chaos.

G.I. Joe was not screened by critics before the release today. That usually means the movie sucks. The movie will still top box offices this weekend with all the hype around it. There will definitely be lots of action and stuff blowing up. (See the trailer and clip below.)

One other note. There may be a trend with major blockbuster to add a major Asian star in the mix. When the film is exported to Asia, it will top box offices there too. Get your tickets to G.I. Joe here.

G.I. Joe Trailer (see more G.I. Joe Trailers with Byung Hun Lee)

Clip of Storm Shadow (Byung Hun Lee) blowing stuff up

Byung Hun Lee is an international superstar who is recognized as one of the starters of the “Korean Boom” in television and film. Known as one of the “Four Kings” in Asia, Lee is the only actor to sell out the Tokyo Dome with 45,000 screaming fans. Having completed a 70,000-fan arena tour in Japan in 2007, he has solidified his position as one of Asia’s top stars.

Lee was born in Seoul, South Korea, and originally wanted to be a film director of motion pictures but fell into acting. He started his acting career in 1991 with a Korean television drama, “Asphalt, My Hometown.” Since then he has done many dramas on the small screen, including “Tomorrow Love,” “Police,” “Son of Wind,” “White Knight 3.98,” “Happy Together,” “Beautiful Days” and “All In.”

Although much of his early success came from television dramas, Lee’s real passion was for making films on the big screen. His most recent films were Kim Jee Woon’s “The Good, the Bad, and the Weird” and Tran Anh Hung’s I Come with the Rain. Other credits include Kim Jee Woon’s “A Bittersweet Life,” Park Chan Wook’s “Three Extremes,” “Everybody Has a Little Secret,” “Addiction,” “Bungee Jumping of Their Own” and Park Chan Wook’s “Joint Security Area.” He is currently in production on “Iris,” Korea’s highest budgeted TV drama to date.

Lee is currently an ambassador for UNICEF and Tourism Ambassador for France. He has also received France’s Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters in 2006.

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