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Lee Joon
Lee Joon
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Native name
Born
Lee Chang-seon

(1988-02-07) February 7, 1988 (age 31)
Seoul, South Korea
OccupationActor, singer
Years active2008-2017
AgentPrain TPC
Musical career
GenresK-pop
InstrumentsVocals
2009-2014
LabelsJ. Tune Camp
Korean name
Hangul
Hanja
Revised RomanizationI Chang-seon
McCune-ReischauerYi Ch'angs?n
Stage name
Hangul
Hanja
Revised RomanizationI Jun
McCune-ReischauerYi Chun

Lee Chang-seon (born February 7, 1988[1]), better known by his stage name Lee Joon, is a South Korean actor and former singer. He is best known as a former member of the South Korean boy band MBLAQ. Since early 2015 he has been signed to Prain TPC.[2]

Career

Beginnings

Before becoming a part of MBLAQ, Lee acted in CFs, had a small non-recurring role in the first episode of the sitcom That Person Is Coming ( ), which aired in 2008, and began and completed filming for the 2009 film, Ninja Assassin in which he portrayed the Teenage Raizo.[3]

Music career

Lee on stage

After training under Rain and J. Tune Entertainment, Lee became a member of South Korean quintet boyband MBLAQ, serving as a vocalist and main dancer. The group debuted on October 9, 2009 at Rain's Legend of Rainism concert where they performed various songs from their then-unreleased single album Just BLAQ.[4][5] MBLAQ's first single, "Oh Yeah", was released to the public through a music video on October 14, 2009 with their debut single album, Just BLAQ releasing on the same day.[6] MBLAQ made their broadcast debut with the song "Oh Yeah" on Mnet's M! Countdown.[7]

MBLAQ made their Japanese debut on May 3, 2011 with an event held at the Kanagawa Lazona Kawasaki Plaza which gathered a reported 10, 000 fans. A day later, on May 4, they released their first Japanese single "Your Luv" which immediately reached first position of the Oricon Daily Charts, selling more than 11,000 copies.[8][9]

With MBLAQ, he released three single albums, seven EPs and one studio album. He left the group in October 2014.[10][11]

On October 18, 2017 ahead of his mandatory military enlistment Lee released his first solo digital single, "What I Want to Give to You", a pop ballad song written by his former MBLAQ band-mate Thunder.[12]

Acting career

In 2010, he was cast in Jungle Fish 2, a youth drama which tackles real life issues about students.[13] He participated in the OST for Jungle Fish 2, singing the song "? (Feeling Sad)" with Hong Jong-hyun.[]

In 2011, Lee lent his voice for the Korean dub of the film Gnomeo & Juliet.[14]

In 2012 he was cast in Iris II, the sequel to the espionage series Iris.[15] The same year, he joined the variety show, We Got Married where he was paired up with Oh Yeon-seo in an on-screen marriage.[16]

In 2013, Lee starred in the film Rough Play, produced by Kim Kiduk.[17] The film was unusually risque for a pop idol due to the numerous nude sex scenes he had to perform in it.[18][19] He won the Best Male Newcomer award at the 1st Wildflower Film Awards for his performance, and was also nominated for the Best New Actor award at the 50th Baeksang Arts Awards and the 23rd Buil Film Awards.[]

In 2014, Lee had roles in the crime thriller Gap-dong and romance comedy fantasy drama Mr. Back.[20][21]

In 2015, Lee starred in SBS' black comedy drama Heard It Through the Grapevine,[22] winning accolades at the 8th Korea Drama Awards and 4th APAN Star Awards for his performance.

The same year, he featured in the period mystery film The Piper;[23] and lent his voice to the animated zombie film, Seoul Station.[24]

In 2016, Lee starred in OCN's fantasy thriller The Vampire Detective as the title role.[25] The same year, he had a supporting role in MBC's legal drama Woman with a Suitcase.[26] He also co-starred in the action comedy film, Luck Key.[27]

In 2017, Lee Joon starred in KBS2's weekend family drama, My Father is Strange.[28]

Personal life

Lee in 2013

Lee Joon was born and raised in Seoul, South Korea, and has an older sister. He won second place in a dance competition and thus won a scholarship to Seoul Arts High School. He majored in modern dance at the Korea National University of Arts and attended Kyung Hee Cyber University.[29][30] Lee has stated that he was diagnosed with bipolar disorder.[31]

Lee and his My Father is Strange co-star Jung So-min have been dating since October 2017.[32]

Lee began his mandatory military service as an active duty soldier on October 24, 2017, attending a five-week basic training in Pocheon, Gyeonggi Province, Prain.[33][34][35] Lee completed his training first among 183 comrades. He was assigned to 8th Battalion to complete his duty.[36][37]

Due to suffering with panic disorders while carrying out his military duties, Lee was deemed inadequate to serve as an active duty soldier, and was transferred to revisit duty. Lee is completing his remaining mandatory duty as a public service officer.[38][39][40]

Discography

As lead artist

Title Year Peak positions Sales Album
KOR
Gaon

"What I Wanna Give" (?) 2017 -- Non-album single
"--" denotes songs that did not chart or were not released in that region.

As featured artist

Title Year Peak positions Sales Album
KOR
Gaon

"Run away"[41]
(Featuring Vision Wei and Thunder)
2011 -- Daybreak ()
"Do You Remember"
(Featuring Mir of MBLAQ and Kim Jo Han)
2012 -- Non-album single
"--" denotes songs that did not chart or were not released in that region.

Soundtrack appearances

Title Year Peak chart positions Sales Album
KOR
Gaon

"Feeling Sad" (?)(with Hong Jong-hyun) 2010 -- Jungle Fish 2 OST
"Feeling Sad (Farewell Ver.)" (with Hong Jong-hyun, Kim Bo-ra, Shin So-yul and Han Ji-woo [ko] 2010 -- Jungle Fish 2 OST
"You & I" (?) (with G.O and Seung-ho) 2011 -- Scent of a Woman OST
"--" denotes songs that did not chart or were not released in that region.

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Notes
2009 Ninja Assassin Teenage Raizo
2011 Gnomeo & Juliet Gnomeo Korean dubbing
2013 Rough Play Oh Young
2015 The Piper Nam-soo As village chief's son
Seoul Station Ki-woong Voice
2016 Luck Key Jae-sung

Television drama

Year Title Network Role Notes Ref.
2008 That Person Is Coming MBC Student Cameo (Ep 1)
2010 Jungle Fish 2 KBS1 Ahn Ba-woo
Drama Special - Housewife Kim Kwang Ja's 3rd Activities MBC Jin [42]
2012 History of a Salaryman SBS Yeo-chi's boyfriend Cameo (Ep 1)
Sent from Heaven KBS2 Lee Joon Also known as I Need a Fairy [43]
Phantom SBS Passerby Cameo (Ep 1)
2013 Iris II: New Generation KBS2 Yoon Shi-hyuk
2014 Gap-dong tvN Ryu Tae-oh
Mr. Back MBC Choi Dae-han
2015 Drama Special - What is the Ghost Up To? KBS2 Goo Cheon-dong [44]
Pinocchio SBS Fama Cameo (Ep 19) [45]
Heard It Through the Grapevine SBS Han In-sang
2016 The Vampire Detective OCN Yoon San
Woman with a Suitcase MBC Ma Suk-woo
2017 Mia Luang Channel 3 Himself Cameo (Ep 6)
My Father Is Strange KBS2 Ahn Joong-hee

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2014 1st Wildflower Film Awards Best Actor Rough Play Nominated
Best New Actor[46] Won
7th Korea Drama Awards Best New Actor Gap-dong Nominated
50th Baeksang Arts Awards Best New Actor (Film) Rough Play Nominated
Most Popular Actor (Film) Nominated
23rd Buil Film Awards Best New Actor Nominated
MBC Drama Awards Best New Actor Mr. Back Nominated
2015 51st Baeksang Arts Awards Best New Actor (TV) Heard It Through the Grapevine Nominated
Most Popular Actor (TV) Nominated
8th Korea Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actor[47] Won
4th APAN Star Awards Excellence Award, Actor in a Serial Drama[48] Won
SBS Drama Awards Best Couple Award (with Go Ah-sung) Nominated
2015 Scene Stealer Festival Youngest Scene Stealer[49] N/A Won
2016 52nd Baeksang Arts Awards Most Popular Actor (Television) The Vampire Detective Nominated
1st Asia Artist Awards Best Entertainer Award, Actor Woman with a Suitcase Nominated
2017 KBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actor in a Serial Drama Father is Strange Nominated

References

  1. ^ Mark Russell (April 29, 2014). K-Pop Now!: The Korean Music Revolution. Tuttle Publishing. p. 64. ISBN 978-1-4629-1411-1.
  2. ^ "Lee Joon Chooses Prain TPC as His New Agency". Mwave News. January 7, 2015. Retrieved 2015.
  3. ^ "Rain to Reveal New Boy Band, 5-Member MBLAQ". Hancinema. The Korea Times. September 20, 2009.
  4. ^ Han Sang, Hee (October 11, 2009). "Rain Wows Fans in 'Legend of Rainism'". Korea Times. Retrieved 2009.
  5. ^ Kim, Lynn (September 27, 2009). "Idol Group MBLAQ to debut at Rain's Concert". Asia Economy. Retrieved 2009.
  6. ^ "MBLAQ's debut single set to release on October 14". asiae.co.kr. September 22, 2009. Retrieved 2012.
  7. ^ "Rain's MBLAQ Makes Broadcast Debut". Korea Times. October 15, 2009. Retrieved 2009.
  8. ^ 2? . Nate News/Newsen (in Korean). May 11, 2011.
  9. ^ "MBLAQ, 1 ". Oricon (in Japanese). May 3, 2011.
  10. ^ "Lee Joon to leave MBLAQ : report". Kpop Herald. October 13, 2014.
  11. ^ Lee Joon's departure from MBLAQ "Lee Joon and Cheon Dung Release Official Statement on Ending Promotions as MBLAQ". Mwave. December 16, 2014. Retrieved 2014.
  12. ^ "Lee Joon to reveal his first-ever solo song before enlisting in military service!". KBS World. October 17, 2017.
  13. ^ , '?2'? (in Korean). Nate News. August 31, 2010.
  14. ^ "MBLAQ's Lee Joon, T-ara's Jiyeon to voice Hollywood animation pic". 10Asia. March 20, 2011.
  15. ^ "Actor and Singer Lee Joon Playing the Spy in "IRIS 2"". 10Asia. April 11, 2013.
  16. ^ "Lee Joon and Oh Yeon-seo "gets married"". Korea JoongAng Daily. September 7, 2012.
  17. ^ "MBLAQ's Lee Joon Sheds Boy Band Image for Tough Guy Role". The Chosun Ilbo. November 2, 2013.
  18. ^ "Park Yoo-chun and Lee Joon's movies highly expected". Hancinema. DongA Ilbo. October 14, 2013.
  19. ^ "Acting idols: Im Si-wan vs. Lee Joon". Hancinema. Sports Hankooki. April 30, 2014.
  20. ^ "Lee Joon joins new thriller". Korea JoongAng Daily. March 24, 2014.
  21. ^ "Lee Joon Transforms into a Shameless Conglomerate's Son in First Filming for 'Mr. Back?". Mwave. 24 October 2014.
  22. ^ "Lee Joon lands another role". Korea JoongAng Daily. January 26, 2015.
  23. ^ "Lee Joon to star in fantasy horror film based on 'Pied Piper'". Kpop Herald. June 9, 2015.
  24. ^ "Animator lines up big names". Korea JoongAng Daily. March 4, 2014.
  25. ^ "Ex-MBLAQ member Lee Joon challenges himself in 'Vampire Detective'". Yonhap News Agency. March 17, 2016.
  26. ^ "Jeon Hye-bin, Lee Joon join MBC's 'Woman'". Korea JoongAng Daily. July 29, 2016.
  27. ^ "YOO Hae-jin and LEE Joon's KEY OF LIFE Began to Shoot". Korean Film Biz Zone. October 12, 2015.
  28. ^ "Want to find out more about this family? [My Father is Strange]". KBS World. March 6, 2017.
  29. ^ "() , ?". Naver. April 4, 2014. Retrieved 2011.
  30. ^ "Lee Joon talks about his passion for acting". Kpop Herald. June 23, 2015.
  31. ^ " ? ? , " (in Korean). Newsen. 2010-11-06. Retrieved .
  32. ^ "Lee Joon, Jung So-min confirmed to be dating". Kpop Herald. January 1, 2018.
  33. ^ "Actor Lee Joon enlists in military". Yonhap News Agency. October 24, 2017. Retrieved .
  34. ^ "Actor Lee Joon enlists in military". Kpop Herald. October 24, 2017.
  35. ^ "Actor Lee Joon enlists in military". KBS World. October 24, 2017.
  36. ^ Han Hyun-jung (December 1, 2017). , 1?... (in Korean). Daily Economy Star Today. Retrieved .
  37. ^ Ji Hye-hye (December 1, 2017). [?] ? "? ?... " (in Korean). OSEN.
  38. ^ Yi Chang-sun (March 30, 2018). , ?. (in Korean). Enetertainment Seoul.
  39. ^ Sung Ji-eun (March 31, 2018). "Lee Joon to be transferred to reservist duty". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved .
  40. ^ Ahn Sang-yool (March 30, 2018). "Lee Joon to serve reservist duty due to panic disorder". The Korea Herald. Retrieved .
  41. ^ http://news.nate.com/view/20110824n11073
  42. ^ "Lee Joon, Yang Mi-kyung shoot one-act drama". 10Asia. September 8, 2010.
  43. ^ "MBLAQ Lee Joon joins KBS' sitcom "Sent From Heaven"". 10Asia. April 3, 2012.
  44. ^ "[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Drama Special - What is the Ghost Doing?"". Hancinema. July 31, 2015.
  45. ^ "Lee Joon appears in 'Pinocchio'". Kpop Herald. January 15, 2015.
  46. ^ "Lee Joon wins first film award". Korea JoongAng Daily. April 4, 2014.
  47. ^ , 2 .. ''(). Star News (in Korean). October 9, 2015.
  48. ^ "Kim Soo-hyun wins grand prize at APAN Star Awards". Kpop Herald. November 29, 2015.
  49. ^ "[STARCAST] "I am really going to steal"... Lee Joon, the youngest scene stealer". Star Naver. September 4, 2015.

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