Lee Byung-heon received 'Star of the Year' at CineAsia.
On 13th (local time), CineAsia 2012 Award took place in Hong Kong, and Lee Byung-heon won 'Star of the Year' award.
It's first time for a Korean actor to win the award after Rain won it in 2007 with Tang Wei.
Director John Chu of 'G.I.Joe 2', who got up on the stage to distribute the award, said, "Lee Byung-heon showed an amazing acting. The Storm Shadow character could turn out so successful all thanks to his amazing job."
He continued, "He has depth in him, and no matter which character he casts as, it is clearly visible. He is the best actor of our time. Thanks to Lee Byung-heon, many people's perception to global movie market were changed, and he pioneered a new path for many movies."
He also highly complimented Lee Byung-heon's sophisticated expression, and producer Di Boraventura said through a video message, "I'm very glad that Lee Byung-heon, who is the hottest Asian star, casted in 'G.I.Joe', and I'd like to express my sincerest congratulations. Expectations on him are very large in Hollywood, and he's got a huge potential. He made a significant contribution to our movie, and he showed some amazing acting."
Lee Byung-heon, who won 'Star of the Year' award, mentioned about the pressure and loneliness that he had to fight through, and talked about his future plan.
He said, "I've always been trying to challenge new things, but sometime, I feel very pressured, scared, and lonely. It feels like I'm swimming in ocean alone, not knowing where I'm heading to. However, this award will become a huge energizer to me."