Top 10 Most Popular Films Starring Lee Young-ae

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Lee Young-ae (born January 31, 1971) is a South Korean actress. For her performance in the film, she received Best Actress awards at the 38th Sitges Film ... read more...

  1. Lady Vengeance is a 2005 South Korean psychological thriller film directed by Park Chan-wook. Following Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance (2002) and Oldboy (2003), this is the third and final installment in Park's Vengeance Trilogy (2003). Lee Young-ae plays Lee Geum-ja, a woman who has been released from prison after serving a sentence for a murder she did not commit. The film depicts her quest for vengeance against the true murderer.

    The film premiered in South Korea on July 29, 2005, and competed for the Golden Lion at the 62nd Venice International Film Festival in September 2005. Although it did not win in the competition, it did receive Cinema of the Future, the Young Lion Award, and the Best Innovated Film Award in the non-competition section. At the 26th Blue Dragon Film Awards, it was named Best Film. The film had its US premiere at the New York Film Festival on September 30, 2005. It opened in limited release in North American theaters on May 5, 2006, to positive reviews from critics.

    Detailed information:
    Directed by: Park Chan-wook
    Starring: Lee Young-ae, Choi Min-sik
    Release date: 29 July 2005
    Running time: 115 minutes

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  2. Joint Security Area is a 2000 South Korean mystery thriller film starring Lee Young-ae, Lee Byung-hun and Song Kang-ho. It was directed by Park Chan-wook and is based on Park Sang yeon's novel DMZ. The film, which was shot on location in South Korea, is about an investigation into the circumstances surrounding a fatal shooting incident along the DMZ, the heavily fortified border between North and South Korea.

    The Korean Demilitarized Zone depicted in the film were sets built for the film, which cost 900 million won and was built in the 8000-Pyeong area of Namyangju in a film studio. It was the highest-grossing film in Korean film history at the time, winning Best Film at the Blue Dragon Film Awards in 2000 and the Grand Bell Awards in 2001. Lee Young-ae plays Maj. Sophie E. Jean in this film.

    Detailed information:

    Directed by: Park Chan-wook
    Starring: Lee Young-ae, Lee Byung-hun, Song Kang-ho
    Release date: September 9, 2000
    Running time: 110 minutes

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  3. Inspector Koo is a South Korean television series that premiered in 2021 and stars Lee Young-ae as the title character, as well as Kim Hye-jun, Kim Hae-sook, Kwak Sun-young, Baek Sung-chul, and Cho Hyun-chul. The series follows a former police officer as he goes up against a female college student who is a serial killer. It aired on JTBC Saturdays and Sundays at 22:30 (KST) from October 30 to December 12, 2021. It's also available to watch on Netflix.

    The first script reading for the cast took place in May 2021, and filming began the following month. Lee Young-ae plays Koo Kyung-yi, a 40-year-old intelligent policewoman-turned-insurance investigator whose world revolves around games and alcohol as she investigates a mysterious serial murder case disguised as an accident. Lee Young Ae's acting in this film is maximized thanks to a good script, especially the messy and messy image of "oxygen beauty", which does not make the audience feel ridiculous and objectionable, but rather equally new.

    Detailed information:

    Directed by: Lee Jung-heum
    Starring: Lee Young-ae, Kim Hye-jun, Kim Hae-sook, Kwak Sun-young, Baek Sung-chul, Cho Hyun-chul
    Release date: October 30, 2021

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  4. The Great Jang-Geum is a South Korean historical drama television series directed by Lee Byung-hoon that premiered in 2003. From September 15, 2003, to March 23, 2004, it was the top program on MBC, with an average viewership rating of 45.8 percent and a peak of 57.1 percent (making it the 10th highest-rated Korean drama of all time). Produced for US$15 million, it was later exported to 91 countries and earned US$103.4 million worldwide, making it one of the primary proponents of the Korean Wave by promoting Korean culture abroad.

    Starring Lee Young-ae in the title role, it tells the tale of an orphaned kitchen cook who went on to become the King's first female physician. In a time when women held little influence in society, young apprentice cook Jang-geum strives to learn the secrets of Korean cooking and medicine to cure the King of his various ailments. It is based on the true story of Jang-geum, the Joseon Dynasty's first female royal physician. Her perseverance and the portrayal of traditional Korean culture, including Korean royal court cuisine and traditional medicine, are the main themes. Lee Young-ae won the Grand Prize (Daesang) and Top Excellence Award for Actress for this film at the 2003 MBC Drama Awards.

    Detailed information:

    Directed by: Lee Byung-hoon
    Starring: Lee Young-ae, Ji Jin-hee, Hong Ri-na, Im Ho, Yang Mi-kyung, Kyeon Mi-ri
    Release date: September 15, 2003

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  5. Bring Me Home is a 2019 South Korean drama thriller film written and directed by Kim Seung-woo, who is also a first-time director. It stars Lee Young-ae and Yoo Jae-myung. It premiered as part of the Discovery program at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival.

    Lee Young-ae plays Jung-yeon, who has been searching relentlessly for her son since he disappeared six years ago. The film takes the audience on a journey from one surprise to the next; the woman who lost her child was led to a fishing village where police officers from the Republic of Korea were involved in dangerous corruption cases. From there, she deciphers profound mysteries in political matters, mysteries concerning the missing son, and even solutions to her own secret.

    Detailed information:
    Directed by: Kim Seung-woo
    Starring: Lee Young-ae, Yoo Jae-myung
    Release date: November 27, 2019
    Running time: 108 minutes

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  6. Saimdang, Bitui Ilgi is a South Korean drama. It stars Lee Young-ae, and Song Seung-heon. Beginning January 26, 2017, it aired on SBS every Wednesday and Thursday at 22:00 (KST). The series marks Lee's television comeback 14 years after her pan-Asia hit drama Dae Jang Geum (2003).

    Lee Young-ae portrays Shin Saimdang, a well-known Joseon-era artist and calligrapher from the early 16th century. The drama was inspired by the Joseon Dynasty book Memoirs of Lady Jo of Pungyang, according to writer Park Eun-ryung. Lee Young-ae was nominated for Top Excellence Award for Actress at the 25th SBS Drama Awards. The drama's distribution rights have reportedly been purchased by companies in China, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Iran, and Sri Lanka.

    Detailed information:

    Directed by: Yoon Sang-ho
    Starring: Lee Young-ae, Song Seung-heon
    Release date: January 26, 2017

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  7. One Fine Spring Day is a 2001 South Korean feature film distributed by Sidus and Applause Films. The film, directed by Hur Jin-ho, is a portrait of a love affair, from its blossoming in spring to its decline over time. The film won Best Film at the 2001 Busan Film Critics Awards, and Lee Young-ae was named Best Actress. This film also won Best Film at the 2001 Blue Dragon Film Awards and the 2001 Korean Association of Film Critics Awards.

    This film's plot is that sound engineer Sang-woo meets local DJ Eun-soo on a recording trip in search of nature's voice. They are able to capture a variety of sensual sounds as well as each other's tenderness. Their love grows stronger as spring approaches, but Sang woo's passion frequently reminds Eun-soo of her tragic past. She knows all too well how passion can fade like a sound and how love always succumbs to its end. Lee Young-ae plays Eun-soo in this film.

    Detailed information:

    Directed by: Hur Jin-ho
    Starring: Yoo Ji-tae, Lee Young-ae
    Release date: September 29, 2001
    Running time: 114 minutes

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  8. Last Present is a 2001 South Korean film. It was directed by Oh Ki-hwan and produced by Kim Mi-hee, Kim Sang-jin, Kang Woo-suk. It stars Lee Young-ae and Lee Jung-jae.

    The story follows the romance, marriage, and estrangement of Yong-ki (Lee Jung-jae) and his long-suffering wife, Jung-yeon (Lee Young-ae). They both defied his parents' wishes to marry, but it appears that his parents' fears that things would never work out are coming true. Yong-ki maintains a positive demeanor while turning down mundane job offers in the hopes that his comedic talent will be noticed on a popular talent show for which he is auditioning. Meanwhile, Jung-yeon must support them both while also bearing the pain of a miscarriage that Yong-ki is attempting to forget. To make matters worse, Jung-yeon discovers that she's dying from a terminal disease and though Yong-ki suspects that something is wrong, she never tells him about her illness. Through the silent suffering and the estrangement, both husband and wife believe their marriage is over. But what they fail to notice until it is too late is that they still love each other deeply but both have been overcome by the trials life has thrown at them.

    Detailed information:

    Directed by: Oh Ki-hwan
    Starring: Lee Young-ae and Lee Jung-jae
    Release date: 24 March 2001
    Running time: 113 minutes

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  9. West Palace is a South Korean television series that aired in 1995 and starred Lee Young-ae, Kim Kyu-chul, and Lee Bo-hee. From July 7 to December 26, 1995, it aired 52 episodes on KBS2 on Mondays and Tuesdays at 21:40. The story of West Palace sheds light on events that occurred during the Joseon Dynasty in the 17th century, during the reign of Prince Gwanghae.

    The story revolves around Gwanghaegun of Joseon and his conflict with his stepmother, Queen Inmok, as well as his scheming concubine, Kim Gae-shi. Crown Prince Gwanghae, the regent Crown Prince, bestows Seung-eun upon Kim Gae-shi (played by Lee Young-ae). Despite receiving Seung-eun, Kim already has a lover, Won-pyo (played by Kim Bo-sung), an excellent swordsman who enters the palace to be with her. Won-pyo, on the other hand, dies while attempting to protect her during the rebellion. Meanwhile, Queen Inmok (portrayed by Lee Bo-hee) is a virtuous lady that fell victim to palace politics and is subsequently banished to the West Palace along with her children, Princess Jeongmyeong (portrayed by Park Rusia) and Grand Prince Yeongchang (portrayed by Choi Kang-won) after her stepson, Gwanghaegun, is bewitched by his scheming concubine, Kim Gae-shi, whose ambitions and insatiable thirst for power leads to her downfall.

    Detailed information:

    Directed by: Kim Jae-hyung
    Starring: Lee Young-ae, Kim Kyu-chul, Lee Bo-hee
    Release date: July 7, 1995

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  10. Gangnam Beauty is a South Korean television series that premiered in 2018. It stars Im Soo-hyang, Cha Eun-woo, Jo Woo-ri, and Kwak Dong-yeon. Based on the same-name webtoon published by Naver WEBTOON in 2016, it follows the life of a college student who undergoes cosmetic surgery to avoid ridicule from her bullies, but her decision appears to backfire as her peers mock her artificial appearance. The title of the webtoon and TV series alludes to the Korean term gangnammiin (Gangnam beauty), a derogatory term in South Korea for people who are attractive but appear to have undergone a number of plastic surgeries to achieve a pretty face, a hot body, or both.

    From July 27 to September 15, 2018, the series aired on JTBC every Friday and Saturday at 23:00 (KST). It received praise for depicting issues affecting South Korean society, particularly superficial beauty standards and physical appearance discrimination. The series received a lot of praise for its cryptic depiction of the main character's childhood. Viewers praised director Choi for his sensitive portrayal of the characters.

    Detailed information:

    Directed by: Choi Sung-bum
    Starring: Im Soo-hyang, Cha Eun-woo, Jo Woo-ri, Kwak Dong-yeon, Lee Young-ae, Um Hong-gil
    Release date: July 27, 2018

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