Lee wins ‘Best Actor in Asia’ award

Kyodo News

South Korean actor Lee Byung Hun, the protagonist in the 2009 TV espionage drama “IRIS,” received the Best Actor in Asia award Monday on the opening day of the four-day International Drama Festival in Tokyo.

“I have found it really fortunate that I am living as an actor in this age,” Lee said upon receiving the award.

Lee was selected for the award as he has “shown exceptional acting talent in a non-Japanese Asian drama,” according to a statement issued earlier by the executive committee of the festival, organized by the National Association of Commercial Broadcasters in Japan and NHK.

“IRIS,” a drama series produced by Korean Broadcasting System, was broadcast in Japan this year after it proved hugely popular in South Korea last year.