INFO: Secret Garden

In 2010, Philip Lee was signed on and became part of the super mega-hit drama Secret Garden. the following are the info about the drama, character profiles and stuff.

Title: 시크릿 가든
English Title: Secret Garden
PD: Shin Woo Chul
Scriptwriter: Kim Eun Sook
Cast: Ha Ji Won, Hyun Bin, Yoon Sang Hyun, Kim Sa Rang
Broadcast Station: SBS
First Broadcast: 13 November 2010
Broadcast Times: Sat-Sun 10:00 PM
Number of Episodes: 20
Official Site:
Watching Live: TBD

Secret Garden is a romance fantasy drama brought by the winning combination of Kim Eun Sook and Shin Woo Chul of the Lovers series, On Air and City Hall. The drama tells the story of Kim Joo Won, a seemingly perfect man yet with certain arrogance and childishness in him, and Gil Ra Im, a stuntwoman whose beauty and body are the object of envy of top actresses. One day they went deep into the mountains and entered a strange house. A strange grandmother offered them chocolate to eat. The next day they found themselves changing bodies. This drama will replace the weekend drama ‘Life Is Beautiful’.











PL’s character:



Credits: @ Soompi Forums, Philip Lee / Secret Garden official thread


INFO: Story of a Man / Guys Talk / The Slingshot

I have not seen this drama, but I have included it in my list of what-to-watch soon as I get my downtime from work, studying and deadlines 😉 Here are some info, though.

Story Of A Man
(The Slingshot)

KBS2 – 20 episodes

Who will be the final victor?

Money begets tragedy
Kim Shin (Park Yong-ha) borrows money from loan sharks, putting himself up as collateral. He needs the money to protect his family after his brother killed himself in response to being framed as having served contaminated dumplings. To break away from the grip of the loan sharks, Kim heads to the local broadcasting company to seek out the reporter who wrongly accused his brother. He ends up in an attempted murder case and goes to jail. His family is forced to sever all contact with him and flees to the countryside. It also means farewell to Kyeong-ah (Park Si-yeon), the woman whom he loves.

Zeroes in on making money
In jail, Kim finds out that a man named Chae Do-woo (Kim Kang-woo) of the Chaedong Group is deeply involved in the dumpling scandal. Encountering inmates from all walks of life, Kim transforms into a financially savvy man. He learns how to make money and how to live a money-centered life. Meanwhile Kyeong-ah, who has become involved in disreputable business in order to help Kim, also meets Chae Do-woo.

Money and revenge
Through fellow prisoner An Kyeong-tae (Park Ki-woong), Kim befriends Park Moon-ho (Lee Moon-shik) from the music cafe “Muse.” Along with another figure, Do Jae-myeong (Lee Philip), Kim creates a foursome “dream team” whose aim is to crush Chae in the dog-eat-dog financial world. Their total savings add up to a paltry 100 million won. That’s all they’ve got, and with this 100 million, they will have to stand up against the 400 billion won valued construction group Chaedong and Chae Do-woo. The war begins!


Director of the drama: Yoon Seong-sik

Screenwriter of the drama: Song Ji-na


Lee Philip as Do Jae-myeong


  • Title: 남자이야기 / Namja-I-Yaki
  • Also known as : Story of a Man / Guys Talk / The Slingshot
  • Genre: Action, romance
  • Episodes: 20
  • Broadcast network: KBS2
  • Broadcast period: 2009-Apr-06 to 2009-Jun-09
  • Air time: Monday & Tuesday 21:55

credits/source: @ Soompi Forums, Philip Lee official thread, Dramawiki

Philip Lee in Story of a Man

Following are news that came out regarding Philip Lee’s inclusion in the 2008 drama A Man’s Story (a.k.a. Story of a Man / Guy Talk / The Slingshot):

Most people got their first look at Philip Lee in the blockbuster fantasy-historical drama Legend (Taewangsashingi), in which he played the role of Cheoro. More than a year later, he’s returning to television in the new KBS series Story of a Man.

Story of a Man has already attracted notice for its scriptwriter, the much-lauded Song Ji-nah, who penned Legend as well as the (dare I say legendary?) 1995 drama Sandglass. It is said that Song wrote the character in this latest drama specifically for Philip Lee, who will display some of his English skills through his Korean-American character. The drama centers around a young rich man whose father’s business is bankrupted by a corrupt, large corporation, who then vows revenge.

The drama stars Park Yong-ha (On Air), Kim Kang-woo (Marine Boy), and Park Shi-yeon (La Dolce Vita) and will follow Boys Before Flowers on Mondays and Tuesdays starting late March.

Via Herald Biz

Credits: javabeans / girlfriday @

Interview (Translated): The Bond between BYJ and �Four Gods� Inside Story Revealed by the Co-stars of TWSSG

Through almost two years of shooting, I hear that they have become ‘comrades’. In the drama, the �Four Gods� protected the leading character played by BYJ. Just like their roles in the drama, while radiating the strong personality of her or his own, each one has deepened the bond.

Interviewer: Rumi Hayashi

�It is actually very difficult for the co-stars to become close to each other through a (piece of) work.�

This is what BYJ (35) said while he was in Japan. A highly competitive Korean entertainment world, where one�s ability is stringently examined. This remark must reflect his true feeling coming from his own experience of having played the leading roles for fourteen years since his debut.

For BYJ, the leading actor of the drama TWSSG which took about two years of shooting, it has become a special piece of work in that sense.

� �Through this work, I feel like I’ve got real younger brothers, younger sisters, and an elder brother. From this aspect, the shooting was a lot of fun.�

The story of the drama is that Damdeok , a king of Koguryo, through the fateful encounters with the reincarnations of four gods, getting over the difficulties, grew to be a real king. How Damdeok would build the bond with four gods is one of the highlights of the drama.

American businessman-turned-actor

Among the ‘Four Gods’, the appearance of another great new face got into the news. It is Lee Philip (27) who played Cheoro, the reincarnation of blue dragon. He first appeared wearing a stern mask. When the mask came off from his head, there was a handsome young man with long hair, which excited female viewers in Korea and he was overwhelmed with interviews and commercial endorsement offers.

Philip also stood in front of the camera for the first time. He is second generation Korean-American. After graduating from Boston College, he has a unique career as a businessman who specialized in IT management in graduate school of George Washington University. PD Kim selected a new face because he didn�t want to give mysterious Cheoro a stereotype image.

�Becoming an actor has been my dream since my childhood. I ventured to turn to an actor because I thought I could go into business later on and then my whole life has changed. Through the drama I learned Korean culture and history, which was very good. �

With twinkling slit eyes, he speaks in a deep voice. He is fresh and polite.

�Though Cheoro was unable to fulfill his love, he kept an eye on his love silently and I was attracted by this. After fully understanding the concept of my role, I studied how I should express it with subtle movement of my eyes.”

In the latter part of the drama, his sad love inspires viewers� emotion.

�Cheoro and I are similar in that we are single-hearted (bb: i suspect the writer is trying to say he’s got an one-track mind and very focussed on one thing at a time…?) To a woman, however, I think he is just one-sided.” (laughs)

When the shooting first began, he was not fluent in Korean and often got confused and it was BYJ who helped him.

�I learned from him not only an attitude towards acting, but also a lot of techniques. At first I had no idea which part of myself, my face or my whole body, was being filmed. So he taught me steadily from the very beginning, on how I should do to look good or what I was requested to do. He is gentle like a real brother. �

While they were in Japan, he constantly stayed close to BYJ, who hadn�t recovered from his leg injury and (Philip) extended a helping hand to him.

BYJ celebrated Philip�s birthday on May 26 at his restaurant. The rest of the ‘Four Gods’, Oh Kwong Rok, Park Sung Won were also there and they drank till the next morning. Those four are really good friends even now.

�While shooting, I was able to go through numerous experience, but the biggest pleasure was that I could meet all those seniors and build such a relationship as a family.�

Asked about the highlight of the drama, however, he answered as follows:

�It is the scene that I appear. (laughs) I became confident by appearing in a work that expands to Asia. There are lots of actors who are handsomer than I am, so I would like to be an actor who can act with his inner feelings without depending on his looks.�


original in japanese: AERA 2008/07/14
scanned & posted by: miemi / byjgallery
translated into english: cloudnine / bb’s blog

credits/source: @ Soompi Forums, Philip Lee official thread

About the Man

I’m still gathering content for the site. I mostly have photos and video links which I am still organizing before I put them up. Anyway, just to get you all started, here is a page where I posted some basic info about Philip Lee.

These are really what you will usually find in most sites, and then some. More info will be added as soon as I get my hands on them. Now if only I can actually understand most of what was on Korean websites. Hmmm.