‘G.I. Joe: Retaliation’ bests original
Home > News > ‘G.I. Joe: Retaliation’ bests original
5:58 | 25/04/2012 | 108

‘G.I. Joe: Retaliation’ bests original

Lee Byeong-Heon, who stars as Storm Shadow in the new film by Jon M. Chu "G.I. Joe: Retaliation", speaks at a press conference Wednesday. The movie opens in theaters...

'G.I. Joe: Retaliation' bests original

Lee Byeong-Heon, who stars as Storm Shadow in the new film by Jon M. Chu “G.I. Joe: Retaliation”, speaks at a press conference Wednesday. The movie opens in theaters nationwide in June. / Courtesy of 1st Look

Lee Byeong-Heon reprises loner Storm Shadow, praises new director For one of the country’s biggest stars, Lee Byeong-Heon was surprisingly – even excessively – modest.

At a press event to plug the second installment of the G.I. Joe franchise in Seoul Wednesday, Lee shied away from accolades and was focused on praising the film instead.

“I absolutely think that (the sequel) will be more fun than the first one”, he said firmly at the conclusion of the Q&A session.

'G.I. Joe: Retaliation' bests original “G.I. Joe: Retaliation” is directed by Jon M. Chu and stars Bruce Willis and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. It is slated to open in theaters nationwide in June.

Lee based his claim mostly on the excellence of the 32-year-old American director, who replaced the original’s Stephen Sommers (best known for “The Mummy” series).

According to Lee, Chu gave a breath of fresh air to the action film.

“If Mr. Summers concentrated on showing many different characters and state-of-the-art CGI-enhanced scenes together, Mr. Chu was focused on the people. He wanted to show their personal histories”, he said. “He thought of the drama on top of flashy visual effects”.

Earlier, the actor said he was also more satisfied with his own acting, though language difficulties remained an issue on set.

“If I had just a lot of sword fights and kicks in the first movie, this time my character (Storm Shadow) is seen more up close. It has a dramatic aspect that shows his history, inner conflicts. I loved how much of my acting I could show this time around… but I still think I could have been much more competent in a Korean film.

“Frankly speaking, it’s hard. Casual speech and delivering lines in English belong to two different dimensions. Because you use a foreign language, you’ve got to be sure you could recite lines without a mistake even if someone woke you up from a nap.

“On the set, someone from the crew told me after Iread my line that my pronunciation was off for one of the words. Right after my head became completely blank, busy thinking about that one line. Sometimes I felt I was back in the earliest days of my career”.

His character is an independent combatant who fights for neither good nor evil in the story. Lee said that his status as a loner was the role’s biggest attraction and claimed he would not want to play anyone else, even if he were given a chance.

After his debut in 1991, landing a part in a TV drama series following an open audition, Lee fast became a heartthrob and the center of media attention. But the actor has since established himself as a rare figure on the Korean screen who has achieved both critical acclaim and commercial success, unencumbered by his good looks.

At cinemas or on TV, his name headlined a marquee of monster hits, from “JSA – Joint Security Area” (2000) by Park Chan-wook, the highest grossing film here at that time, to “IRIS” (2009) on KBS, the most expensive Korean small-screen drama in history.

Riding high on national-level success, Lee became one of the first Korean actors to break out in the overseas markets, starting with the 2008 arthouse film “I Come with the Rain” by French director Tran Anh Hung. He starred alongside American and Japanese leading men Josh Hartness and Takuya Kimura, respectively.

It was also announced Wednesday morning that on June 23, Lee and Korean acting great Ahn Sung-ki will be guests of honor at the Korean Film Festival in Los Angeles, becoming the first actors of Asian origin to leave their hand and footprints at the plaza in front of the iconic Grauman’s Chinese Theatre.

Almost 200 Hollywood celebrities have left their mark there since 1927, the year of the venue’s opening.

At the press event, however, Lee played down the hype and took it with utmost modesty.

“There are people who set goals and there are others who have dreams. Goals are something you think are realizable in the future, but dreams are based on just your wishful thinking. This honor is even beyond my wildest dreams”.

The film “G.I. Joe: Retaliation” will have its world premiere in Hong Kong, on June 21.

By Kwaak Je-yup

G.NA lends voice for “The Night Watchman’s Journal” OST
G.NA lends voice for “The Night Watchman’s Journal” OST

Lee Byeong-Heon, who stars as Storm Shadow in the new film by Jon M. Chu “G.I. Joe: Retaliation”, speaks at a press conference Wednesday. The movie opens in theaters nationwide in June. / Courtesy of 1st Look Lee Byeong-Heon reprises loner Storm Shadow, praises new director For one of the country’s biggest stars, Lee Byeong-Heon […]

Seo In Young Pushes Back Single Release Due to Song Remastering
Seo In Young Pushes Back Single Release Due to Song Remastering

Lee Byeong-Heon, who stars as Storm Shadow in the new film by Jon M. Chu “G.I. Joe: Retaliation”, speaks at a press conference Wednesday. The movie opens in theaters nationwide in June. / Courtesy of 1st Look Lee Byeong-Heon reprises loner Storm Shadow, praises new director For one of the country’s biggest stars, Lee Byeong-Heon […]

For Your Viewing Pleasure: Idols Riding Solo
For Your Viewing Pleasure: Idols Riding Solo

Lee Byeong-Heon, who stars as Storm Shadow in the new film by Jon M. Chu “G.I. Joe: Retaliation”, speaks at a press conference Wednesday. The movie opens in theaters nationwide in June. / Courtesy of 1st Look Lee Byeong-Heon reprises loner Storm Shadow, praises new director For one of the country’s biggest stars, Lee Byeong-Heon […]

7 K-pop Idols Who Should Bounce
7 K-pop Idols Who Should Bounce

Lee Byeong-Heon, who stars as Storm Shadow in the new film by Jon M. Chu “G.I. Joe: Retaliation”, speaks at a press conference Wednesday. The movie opens in theaters nationwide in June. / Courtesy of 1st Look Lee Byeong-Heon reprises loner Storm Shadow, praises new director For one of the country’s biggest stars, Lee Byeong-Heon […]

Secret‘s Jieun promotes new album “25” on “MelOn Premiere Showcase”
Secret‘s Jieun promotes new album “25” on “MelOn Premiere Showcase”

Lee Byeong-Heon, who stars as Storm Shadow in the new film by Jon M. Chu “G.I. Joe: Retaliation”, speaks at a press conference Wednesday. The movie opens in theaters nationwide in June. / Courtesy of 1st Look Lee Byeong-Heon reprises loner Storm Shadow, praises new director For one of the country’s biggest stars, Lee Byeong-Heon […]

Chinese Investors Flex Muscle in Korean TV Soaps, Movie

Chinese Investors Flex Muscle in Korean TV Soaps, Movie

Chinese investors are increasingly putting their money into Korean TV soap and movie productions as they continue to enjoy huge popularity on the mainland and beyond. That...
Seo Taiji Returns with New Album

Seo Taiji Returns with New Album

Singer Seo Taiji held a concert in Jamsil, Seoul on Saturday, just ahead of the release of his ninth album on Monday. The concert marked his return after a five-year hiatus,...
Tiffany bundles up for the upcoming chilly weather for “ELLE”

Tiffany bundles up for the upcoming chilly weather for “ELLE”

Girls” Generation”s Tiffany is warm and cozy in a photoshoot for “ELLE” where she”s sporting global premium “Sorel” winter boots...
“No Make Up” tops the charts

“No Make Up” tops the charts

Gaeko, half of the twosome Dynamic Duo, proved once again to be one of Korea”s most popular hip-hop artists with his hit “No Makeup”, the primary track...
Seoulsonic 2014 Artists Including Glen Check & Rock N Roll Radio Are Coming To CMJ Music Marathon

Seoulsonic 2014 Artists Including Glen Check & Rock N Roll Radio Are Coming To CMJ Music Marathon

  (Photo : DFSB Kollective) K-Indie sensations Glen Check have been added to the CMJ 2014 lineup.     On October 20, Seoulsonic 2014 organizers announced...
EPIK HIGH treat MV release for “Spoiler” & Happen Ending” + “Shoebox” album

EPIK HIGH treat MV release for “Spoiler” & Happen Ending” + “Shoebox” album

EPIK HIGH has released all the tracks from their 8th album “Shoebox” online. In addition to that, the trio also treat a combined MV of their title tracks “Spoiler”...
Album Review: Seo Taiji Explores Dreamy Electropop In 'Quiet Night' [AUDIO]

Album Review: Seo Taiji Explores Dreamy Electropop In 'Quiet Night' [AUDIO]

(Photo : CJ E&M Music) Seo Taiji goes beyond K-Pop on “Quiet Night.”   Seo Taiji is musically brilliant in “Quiet Night,” an album which extends...
“The Joseon Shooter” actor to meet fans

“The Joseon Shooter” actor to meet fans

Actor Lee Joon-ki, who just finished the period drama “The Joseon Shooter“, will meet with his fans as part of the global event “Together”. According...
Henry proudly introduces his girlfriend in public

Henry proudly introduces his girlfriend in public

Henry has introduced to his fans his “girlfriend” and even posted intimate photos of them together. He tweeted, “Everyone…. That”s right, this...
Insta K-Pop: This Week's 10 Best Idol Instagram Posts (October 12-October 18)

Insta K-Pop: This Week's 10 Best Idol Instagram Posts (October 12-October 18)

Don”t worry if you haven”t been keeping up with all your favorite K-Pop stars” Instagram updates – we have collected all the best posts from the...
Idols in Print: September's Simple And Chic Men

Idols in Print: September's Simple And Chic Men

September gives a delight to tkhose who follow K-pop male idols and of course men”s fashion as men pose for various magazines. For the first feature in the magazine,...
2NE1’s CL And Dara Play Naughty Or Nice On Instagram

2NE1’s CL And Dara Play Naughty Or Nice On Instagram

2NE1“s CL and Dara went into a fashion face-off, the former as a seductively naughty Bond girl the latter as an adorably quirky girl next door. (Photo : CL Instagram)...
Park Bom 'Gotta Be You' Halloween Costume [Blog]

Park Bom 'Gotta Be You' Halloween Costume [Blog]

(Photo : YG Entertainment)   2NE1″s “Gotta Be You” MV has some of the most memorable fashion in K-pop history. The Jeremy Scott zombie prints are...
Five Reasons To Watch 'Modern Farmer'

Five Reasons To Watch 'Modern Farmer'

(Photo : SBS, Viki ) “Modern Farmer” is a zany take on a musical drama which delves into the simplicity of country life. Lee Hong Ki of FTISLAND made his Korean...
K-Pop 2014 To 2015 Bag Trends (Part 1) [Blog]

K-Pop 2014 To 2015 Bag Trends (Part 1) [Blog]

Trends in K-pop are fickle, season-bound birds. However, a few stay around for surprisingly long periods. Bags are the highlight of every outfit and a girl”s most...
U-KISS Eli Cast In Starring Role For Chinese Remake Of 'Full House'

U-KISS Eli Cast In Starring Role For Chinese Remake Of 'Full House'

  (Photo : Kpopstarz) U-KISS member Eli will lead the cast of the upcoming Chinese adaptation of “Full House.”   U-KISS member Eli was confirmed as...
Ladies” Code”s manager to be filed with criminal charges for over-speeding

Ladies” Code”s manager to be filed with criminal charges for over-speeding

In the developing investigation regarding Ladies” Code”s tragic car accident occurred on September 3, that resulted to the deaths of EunB and RiSe, and left...
JYJ to perform on Japan tour

JYJ to perform on Japan tour

K-pop trio JYJ successfully finished their Asia tour last month. Starting in Seoul, the trio then traveled to Hong Kong, Beijing, Chengdu, Taipei, Shanghai and Bangkok,...
ToppDogg release jacket image for 1st anniversary single album “Annie”

ToppDogg release jacket image for 1st anniversary single album “Annie”

ToppDogg are celebrating their 1st anniversary soon. In order to commemorate it, the boys are releasing a special single album “Annie”. In fact the MV teaser...
Super Junior drop MV teaser for “This Is Love/Evanesce”

Super Junior drop MV teaser for “This Is Love/Evanesce”

Super Junior release the MV teaser for their upcoming promoted tracks “This Is Love” and “Evanesce”. It follows up the news of Super Junior”s...