Lee Byung-hun Honored by Fellow Korean Actors

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The 'G.I. Joe' star wins the Achievement Award from the Korean Film Actor’s Association.

SEOUL -- This year has been an eventful one for “South Korea’s Brad Pitt” Lee Byung-hun, who wraps up 2012 with an Achievement Award from the Korean Film Actor’s Association.

The organization, which was founded to promote the rights of actors and currently operates under the auspices of the Korean culture ministry, announced Thursday that it will be honoring Lee as well as veteran Ahn Sung-ki. In July, the two became the first local stars to leave their handprints in front of Grauman’s Chinese Theater.

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Lee continued to be the man of the hour when his costume drama Masquerade became one of the most-watched homespun films with over 12 million admissions. Lee, who played the dual role of a king and jester, won the Best Actor Award at the Korean equivalent of the Oscars, the Grand Bell Awards. The film picked up 13 prizes in other categories at the event.

He was also chosen Actor of the Year in a recent poll by Gallup Korea, which surveyed 1,700 Koreans aged 13 and over.

The 42-year-old actor made his Hollywood debut in G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra and reprises his role as Storm Shadow in the upcoming sequel G.I. Joe: Retaliation. He also appears in the cast of Dean Parisot’s RED 2, which is slated to open next summer.

Meanwhile, the Korean Film Actor’s Association will hand Achievement Awards to director Kim Ki-duk and the cast of his Venice Golden Lion-winning film Pieta, actor Lee Jung-jin and actress Jo Min-su.

The award ceremony is due to take place in Seoul on Friday.