My posts are totally fangirly, but what can i do? ^_^ Philip Lee though, is not just your average pretty faced guy gracing your TV screens and making you wish you’re in a scene with him. He’s not only turning out to be quite an effective actor. He’s also smart, educated, refined and obviously well-bred. I do not know him personally, most of us do not know much about him. But whatever info we have on the guy, I guess, is enough to keep him in our hearts and keep us watching out for his next ventures, right? Let’s keep on supporting Philip Lee.
He’s said to be in an upcoming sageuk called Faith, from the same writer of TWSSG and A Man’s Story. Here’s the news on that:
Philip Lee is probably most known for his drama debut role as Cheoro (as pictured above) in 2007′s fantasy sageuk series Legend (Taewangsasingi), which he followed up by playing a man on a revenge mission in last year’s contemporary thriller Story of a Man. His next project returns him to the historical genre in Faith, a medical series starring Lee Jun-ki and Kim Hee-sun.
(However, it is noted that currently Lee Jun-ki’s casting status has become uncertain due to the issue of his upcoming military service requirement. The drama is planning to air later this year, but there’s not much room to play with, as Lee Jun-ki will have to serve by the end of this year.)
The drama is set in the Goryeo (Koryo) era, but it doesn’t sound like a straight sageuk (unlike, say, the current medical sageuk Jejoongwon), and is instead described as a “fantasy medical drama.” He plays a skilled and notable doctor whose cold personality gives him a proud image.
This reunites Philip Lee with director Kim Jong-hak, with whom he worked in Legend. (Trivia! Legend was written by Song Ji-nah, who also worked together with PD Kim on 1995′s Sandglass. Writer Song was so impressed with Philip Lee’s performance in Legend that she wrote him into her following drama, Story of a Man. Her next project, by the way, is the anticipated campus series What’s Up.)
Faith is being written by Jung Yoon-jung and Hwang Hye-ryung, who wrote for both seasons of the hit cable drama Chosun Police. Not a bad lineup.
I can’t wait! Hoping we’d get more info on this upcoming drama soon.
Credits: javabeans / girlfriday @ dramabeans.com
You may also find recaps and stills of Secret Garden from this swesome site:
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: http://tv.sbs.co.kr/secretgarden/
Watching Live: TBD
CHATTING Site: http://secret-garden.chatango.com/
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’.
Credits: @ Soompi Forums, Philip Lee / Secret Garden official thread
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
KBS2 – 20 episodes
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
- Park Yong Ha as Kim Shin
- Park Si Yeon as Seo Kyung Ah
- Kim Kang Wooas Chae Do Woo
- Won Duk Hyun as young Do Woo
- Han Yeo Woon as Chae Eun Soo
- Lee Philip as Do Jae Myung
- Park Ki Woong as Ahn Kyung Tae
- Lee Moon Shik as Park Moon Ho
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
Cheoro was Once a Role without Lines
Lee Philip said that the character of Cheoro in TWSSG was originally a role without lines at all.
During a recent interview, Lee Philip has said, “Actually, Cheoro was originally a role without any lines at all. Director Kim Jong Hak had described that character to me like that, so I decided to accept the role.
When I had first met with PD Kim, I still didn’t know how to speak Korean. Perhaps it’s because of this, he had designed the role of Cheoro as one without lines. Initially, he didn’t describe what kind of role Cheoro was, he merely said, ‘Let’s work hard together.’
When filming had started, he realised that I was able to speak Korean rather well by then, so he added lines for me.”
In addition, Lee Philip also said, “It’s purely because I really like performing, that’s why I had left my career in the States to return to Korea.”
credits/source: @ Soompi Forums, Philip Lee / TWSSG official thread
Here are some information about the sageuk (historical/epic) drama TWSSG/Legend which is Philip Lee’s first showbiz project ever. Here, he played Cheoro, a reincarnation of the character Noonsa. or rather, he was the man behind that scary mask and bad skin which we saw in nearly half of the drama.
Title: 태왕사신기 / Tae Wang Sa Shin Gi
Also known as: The Legend / The Story of the First King’s Four Gods
Chinese title : 太王四神記
Genre: Period Drama
Broadcast network: MBC
Broadcast period: 2007-Sept-11
Air time: Wednesdays & Thursdays 21:55 (9:55 Korean time)
Theme song: ‘A thousand years love song’ by DBSK (Dong Bang Shin Gi)
This drama portrays the life of the 19th king of Goguryeo. Jumong, the founder of Goguryeo, establish Goguryeo with his Four Gods: Cheong-ryong (Blue Dragon), Baek-ho (White Tiger), Joo-jak (Phoenix), Hyeon-mu (symbolized as a turtle). The Japanese may know them as Seiryuu, Byakko, Suzaku, and Genbu. Jumong marries Soseono, who had a big part in the founding of Goguryeo. They have two sons, Onjo and Biryu. When the son of Jumong’s first wife came to Goguryeo in search of his father, and is named Crown Prince, Soseono takes her sons, Onjo and Biryu, South and establishs Baekje. This is how Baekje and Goguryeo were known as “brother countries”.
As time passed, the Four Gods secluded themselves from society and watched as Baekje and Goguryeo’s relationship worsened (worsened more mainly because Goguryeo’s king was killed in a battle between Baekje and Goguryeo).
One day, Ju-ahn, “Hyeon-mu” of the Four Gods, sees two stars sour up into the sky. Since one came from the palace in Baekje, it predicted the birth of “Su”, later known as King Ah-shin. The other star came from Goguryeo, prophesizing the birth of Dam-deok, later known as Gwang Gae Toh Dae Wang.
Realizing that his new master has come to the world, Ju-ahn awaits in the vast Manchuria with a young girl, Sujini, to see which of the two will be his master. Sujini was picked up as an orphan by Ju-ahn and considers Ju-ahn as her father.
Therefore, the story is on the Four Gods looking for their master, Gwang Gae Toh Dae Wang, who was an expert in tactics, the woman he loved (Sujini), who was also loved by the coldhearted King Ah-shin.
Who was Dam-deok (Gwang Gae Toh Dae Wang)?: He was the 19th king of Goguryeo (lasted from 37 B.C. to 668 A.D.). During the time of Dam-deok, Goguryeo was the most powerful nation in East Asia (yes, even the Chinese dynasty couldn’t defeat Goguryeo). At age 11, he was made the Crown Prince and became King when he was 16. In 396, he attacked Baekje (a nation Southwest of Goguryeo) and took over the northern area above the Han River. He defeated the many invasions made by the Yeon Dynasty (China) after 400 A.D. During his reign, the number of castles he took over numbered in the hundreds and villages numbered in the thousands. However, he died at an untimely age of 39.
Bae Yong Jun as Damdeok
Oh Kwang Rok as Hyeonko
Choi Min Soo
Lee Ji Ah as Suzini
Moon So Ri as Seo Ki Ha
Yoon Tae Young as Yeon Ho Gae
Lee Da Hee as Gakudan
Park Sang Won as Yeon Garyeo
Lee Philip as Woonsa
Yoo Seung Ho as young Dam-deok
Park Eun Bin as young Ki Ha
Oh Seung Yoon as young Hyeonko
Shim Eun Kyung as young Suzini
Producer: Kim Jong Hak
Writer: Song Ji Na, Park Kyung Soo
Director: Yoon Sang Ho
credits/source: @ Soompi Forums, Philip Lee / TWSSG official thread