Celebrate the A100, the most impactful Asian Pacific Leaders.

Lee Jung-jae

Actor and Filmmaker

Lee Jung-jae, who debuted back in 1993 with a local drama in South Korea, continues to thrive not only in Korea but also globally as an actor, director, and producer.

After solidifying his position as an actor in Korea as a household name, he leads the Korean film industry starring in films like The Thieves, Assassination, and Along with the Gods series. With various projects, he showcases his power as an actor with box office hits. He continues to expand his boundless spectrum as an actor by taking part in projects that tackle new subjects and genres through innovative characters.

Lee’s career skyrocketed with Squid Game, released back in 2021, where he played the protagonist, Sung Ki-Hoon, one of the most complicated yet realistic characters, who manages to stick to his moral values, despite struggling with hardships at the very bottom of the social ladder. After the release of Squid Game, Lee became the first Asian star to win the Emmy award for Best Male Actor in a Drama, cementing his name on the global stage.

Lee pushed his boundaries with Hunt, where he took part as a director, writer, producer, and also as a lead actor. When the film was highly praised at its premier at the 75th Cannes Film Festival, the world acknowledged Lee’s potential as a director.

Lee Jung-Jae’s career continues to thrive in 2024 as he is expected to meet his global fans with the most anticipated, The Acolyte, a new Star Wars series, scheduled to be released in June this year, where he plays Jedi Master. Moreover, Lee is set to return in the second half of 2024 with Squid Game season 2.