Happy 6th Anniversary; Best 6 Philip Lee Moments!

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November 1st  is the completion of Philip’s 6th year as an actor. As a way to celebrate that I asked for her best Phil scenes; combining them with mine I came up with the following list of best 6 Philip Lee moments in terms of acting, cuteness, and swoon worthiness. I know it’s hard to find a scene with cute Phil since he always depicts serious characters but bear with me. Here it goes. ♥_♥

  • Philip’s First Scene in Legend (with the mask OFF)
The very first time any fan saw his face was in episode16 from Legend drama. It didn’t just mark Phill’s debut as a handsome actor with smart brains encased in that hot body of his. It’s more than that actually. Let me convey it in another fan’s words (ayamin101 from utube) 4years ago.
     Sweet mother of pearl. No joke, but in the drama when he finally pealed off all his demon skin, I literally screamed in surprise. WHAT A GORGEOUS FACE. THOSE LIPS! THAT JAW.
      And he was SO cute in drama itself, like a stalking, silent shadow. His one-sided love for Sujini was freaking adorable. I loved how he had this sort of sixth-sense about her, haha.
      Those other pictures…WOW. Just…wow. <3!
That’s the thing. His performance there was/is the very first evidence of Philip’s graceful acting. It got him nominated for MBC’s Best Newcomer Award on 2007.
  • Speaking English
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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

Information: TWSSG / Legend

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
Episodes: 24
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

Extended Cast

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

Production Credits

Producer: Kim Jong Hak
Writer: Song Ji Na, Park Kyung Soo
Director: Yoon Sang Ho

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