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Lee Jung-jae makes directorial debut at Cannes with provocative political thriller ‘Hunt’

  • Lee Jung-jae is making his directorial debut with “Hunt,” an action-packed political thriller that will premiere at the Cannes Film Festival on Thursday. 
  • “Hunt,” which is set in South Korea in the 1980s, follows Lee’s character, a spy for the Korean National Intelligence Service who works alongside another agent to find a mole within their agency — only to unearth the disturbing secrets rooted in their country. 
  • “I thought that a film that deals with a time when information was strictly controlled by a few powerful people would provide an opportunity for viewers to reflect on our current times,” Lee said. 
  • Coming hot on the heels of the global success of “Squid Game,” Lee added that the rising popularity of Korean films is “a very good opportunity for Korean people to converse with the global community.”

Lee Jung-jae is making his directorial debut with “Hunt,” an action-packed thriller that is premiering at the Cannes Film Festival on Thursday. 

The film carries the same dark political themes as “Squid Game,” the Netflix sensation that launched Lee into the international limelight last year. In “Hunt,” Lee’s character, a spy for the Korean National Intelligence Service, works alongside another agent to find a mole within their agency — only to unearth the disturbing secrets rooted in their country. 

‘Squid Game’ lead Lee Jung-jae becomes the first Asian actor to win Best Actor Critics’ Choice Award

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  • “Squid Game” lead Lee Jung-jae made history at the 27th Critics’ Choice Awards on Sunday as the first Asian actor to win Best Actor in a Drama Series.
  • The South Korean Netflix original became the most-watched Netflix show of all time with 111 million accounts having streamed the series in the first month of its release.
  • In his acceptance speech, Lee stated. “I cannot express how wonderful I am of… thank you, Netflix.”
  • His error was met with gentle laughter from the audience, who may have understood Lee had intended to say “grateful” rather than “wonderful.”

“Squid Game” main lead Lee Jung-jae became the first Asian actor to win the Best Actor in a Drama Series award at the 27th Critics’ Choice Awards on Sunday. 

“Thank you, God,” Lee said after accepting the award onstage. “Thank you very much, Critics’ Choice Awards and everyone who loved and supported ‘Squid Game.’” 

Hollywood reporters slammed for ‘ignorant’ questions to award-winning ‘Squid Game’ stars

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  • An “Access Hollywood” reporter is facing backlash for asking “Squid Game” stars Lee Jung-jae and Jung Ho-yeon a question that did not recognize their celebrity just after they had both won the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance on Sunday.
  • “What are you going to miss the most about being anonymous?” she asked the two actors, despite the fact that both were already established in their respective fields in other parts of the world.
  • On the same night, E!’s red carpet reporter spoke to the pair about what it was like for them to be near some of the bigger Hollywood actors, drawing criticism that they were highlighting Western celebrities rather than staying focused on the Korean actors’ achievements.
  • Another reporter faced similar criticism back in November when she suggested that Lee was only recently unable to go out unrecognized despite a successful 30-year career.
  • In April last year, “Minari” actress Youn Yuh-jung was subjected to bizarre questioning after making Best Supporting Actress award history at the Oscars, with many social media users criticizing the way some American reporters seemingly undermined her success as a foreign star.

More Hollywood reporters have come under fire for asking foreign celebrities questions that some viewers have found demeaning. The latest incidents involve “Squid Game” actors Lee Jung-jae and Jung Ho-yeon after both had just received awards from the Screen Actors Guild Awards on Sunday. 

Backstage at the ceremony, where Lee and Jung each won Outstanding Performance of a Male/Female Actor in a Drama series on top of another award secured by the show, the actors were asked by an “Access Hollywood” reporter what they were “going to miss the most about being anonymous.”