Korean actor Lee Byung-hun inducted into Asia Pacific Screen Academy

Korean actor Lee Byung-hun inducted into Asia Pacific Screen Academy

South Korean actor Lee Byung-hun has belatedly received the 2013 Asia Pacific Screen Award (APSA) for Best Performance by an Actor for his dual performance in the 2012 historical film Masquerade.

The G.I. Joe: Retaliation and RED 2 star missed last year's ceremony due to work commitments.

Chairman of the Brisbane-based APSA Michael Hawkins presented Lee with his award at an event at the Australian Embassy in Seoul, where the 43-year-old actor was also inducted into the Asia Pacific Screen Academy.

Hawkins said: "We value the opportunity to honour Mr Lee in his home country, which is a key player in the Asia Pacific region and produces high quality films which are very well represented in competition at APSA every year."

It was the first APSA award for Lee, who plays a king and acrobat in Masquerade, the fourth highest-grossing South Korean film of all time. It raked in more than US$80 million (S$100.5 million) in box office earnings.

South Korean films have clinched 14 individual awards at the APSA over the past seven years.

The APSA is held annually in Brisbane. This year's Awards will take place on December 11, a month after the city hosts the 2014 G20 Leaders' Summit.

huizhen@sph.com.sg

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