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Korean Actors Go Hollywood

Posted: Jun 26, 2012

Byung-hun Lee and Sung-ki Ahn became the first Asian actors to leave handprints in front of Hollywood's Grauman's Chinese Theatre, the Korea Daily reports. The imprint ceremonies took place as a part of the Look East Korean Film Festival held from June 23rd to 24th.

Lee, 42, has starred in numerous television and film pieces, including the 2005 hit A Bittersweet Life, which was screened at Cannes. He also landed a role in the 2009 Hollywood blockbuster G.I. Joe, and will appear in a sequel.

Ahn, 60, is a veteran of Korean cinema going back some 50 years. His roles have earned him the country's Best Actor award on 13 occasions. He is also a goodwill ambassador for UNICEF.

“This is the biggest honor in the 55 years of my acting career,” Ahn said.

Lee also expressed awe. “I still can’t believe I’m here, and not as a tourist. This was a dream when I first started acting, but it’s now a reality for Korean actors after us.”

The 85-year-old Grauman's theatre is famous for hand and footprints of 200 top movie stars around the world, from Charlie Chaplin and Marilyn Monroe to Tom Hanks and Johnny Depp. Hundreds of fans gathered to celebrate the event. Lee and Ahn imprinted their names in both Korean and English, then left their hand and footprints.

Ten Korean movies were shown in the festival, attracting thousands. Korean cinema remains popular across much of Asia.

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