Actor Lee Byung-hun
By Han Sang-hee
Korean actor Lee Byung-hun will be named the Best Actor in Asia at the Tokyo Drama Awards, according to his agency BH Entertainment, Wednesday.
The 40-year-actor has become the first to win the award, which was set up for the event this year.
The drama ``IRIS’’, which starred Lee and fellow actress Kim Tae-hee, will also receive the Best Foreign Drama award at the annual event.
``The Best Actor in Asia award was made to celebrate an actor’s outstanding performance and contribution, who appeared in a foreign work,’’ the Tokyo Drama Awards organizing committee said.
``Lee was appreciated for not only his acting in the drama `IRIS,’ but also for the fact that the series has received acclaim from countries that aired the show,’’ the committee added.
Lee has had a wild ride for the couple of past years, enjoying paise and support from both fans and the entertainment and film industry. The actor appeared in the hit drama ``IRIS’’ and also worked with Hollywood stars Sienna Miller, Channing Tatum and Dennis Quaid for the blockbuster film ``G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra’’ last year. He also won Best Actor in a Hallyu Drama category at the Seoul Drama Awards in September.
Lee will attend the ceremony to receive the award on Oct. 25.