Lee makes move to Asian biz

American thesp has high hopes for both sides of the Pacific

Many Asian stars dream of acting in a Hollywood studio production.

But Korean-American actor Will Yun Lee, after taking roles in “Die Another Day” and “Elektra,” is looking to experience life in the Asian film industry.

Named by People magazine as one of the world’s 50 most beautiful people in 2002, Lee has recently signed on with Seoul-based talent management firm iHQ, and is hoping to make a splash on both sides of the Pacific.

“I met iHQ earlier this year in L.A., and having known about their content and talent, I was very intrigued by them,” said Lee. “In the States you have an agent, manager, publicist, business manager, lawyer, but here it’s just one company. It’s been really interesting to learn how different the two industries are.”

Lee is in Pusan as the star of short film “The Seed,” directed by his friend Joe Hahn, and is also participating in the Asian Faces in Hollywood section of the Star Summit Asia. He compares the energy of PIFF to his experience of attending Sundance for the first time in 2000, as an actor in Gurinder Chadha’s “What’s Cooking?”

The star is currently at work on refining his Korean skills, in the hopes of becoming the hottest new face in the Korean market and beyond.

“Hopefully I’ll get a chance to work with some of these directors here,” says Lee. “I just love the human stories they have. And it would be nice to play some everyday characters, and not always have to fight someone.”

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