Lee Joon

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Lee Joon
Lee Joon.jpg
Native name 이창선
Born Lee Chang-sun
(1988-02-07) February 7, 1988 (age 30)
Seoul, South Korea
Occupation Actor, singer
Years active 2008–2017 Hiatus Mandatory Military Enlistment
Agent Prain TPC
Musical career
Genres K-pop
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2009–2014
Labels J. Tune Camp
Associated acts
Korean name
Revised Romanization I Chang-seon
McCune–Reischauer Yi Ch'angsŏn
Stage name
Revised Romanization I Jun
McCune–Reischauer Yi Chun

Lee Chang-sun (born February 7, 1988[1]), better known by his stage name Lee Joon, is a South Korean actor and former singer. He is best known as a former member of the South Korean boy band MBLAQ. Since early 2015 he has been signed to Prain TPC.[2]



Before becoming a part of MBLAQ, Lee acted in CFs, had a small non-recurring role in the first episode of the sitcom That Person Is Coming (그분이 오신다), which aired in 2008, and began and completed filming for the 2009 film, Ninja Assassin in which he portrayed the Teenage Raizo.[3]

Music career

Lee on stage

After training under Rain and J. Tune Entertainment, Lee became a member of South Korean quintet male group MBLAQ, serving as a vocalist and main dancer. The group debuted on October 9, 2009 at Rain's Legend of Rainism concert where they performed various songs from their then-unreleased single album Just BLAQ.[4][5] MBLAQ's first single, "Oh Yeah", was released to the public through a music video on October 14, 2009 with their debut single album, Just BLAQ releasing on the same day.[6] MBLAQ made their broadcast debut with the song "Oh Yeah" on Mnet's M! Countdown.[7]

MBLAQ made their Japanese debut on May 3, 2011 with an event held at the Kanagawa Lazona Kawasaki Plaza which gathered a reported 10, 000 fans. A day later, on May 4, they released their first Japanese single "Your Luv" which immediately reached first position of the Oricon Daily Charts, selling more than 11,000 copies.[8][9]

With MBLAQ, he has released three single albums, seven EPs and one studio album. He left the group in October 2014.[10][11]

On October 18, 2017 ahead of his mandatory military enlistment Lee released his first solo digital, "What I Want to Give to You", a pop ballad song written by his former MBLAQ group-mate Thunder.[12]

Acting career

In 2010, he was cast in Jungle Fish 2, a youth drama which tackles real life issues about students.[13] He participated in the OST for Jungle Fish 2, singing the song "슬픈예감 (Feeling Sad)" with Hong Jong-hyun.[citation needed]

In 2011, Lee lent his voice for the Korean dub of the film Gnomeo & Juliet.[14]

In 2012 he was cast in Iris II, the sequel to the espionage series Iris.[15] The same year, he joined the variety show, We Got Married where he was paired up with Oh Yeon-seo in an on-screen marriage.[16]

In 2013, Lee starred in the film Rough Play, produced by Kim Kiduk.[17] The film was unusually risque for a pop idol due to the numerous nude sex scenes he had to perform in it.[18][19] He won the "Best Male Newcomer" award at the 1st Wild Flower Film Festival for his performance, and was also nominated for the Best New Actor award at the 50th Paeksang Arts Awards and the 23rd Buil Film Awards.

In 2014, Lee had roles in the crime thriller Gap-dong and romance comedy fantasy drama Mr. Back.[20][21]

In 2015, Lee starred in SBS's black comedy drama Heard It Through the Grapevine,[22] winning accolades at the 8th Korea Drama Awards and 4th APAN Star Awards for his performance.

The same year, he featured in the period mystery film The Piper;[23] and lent his voice to the animated zombie film, Seoul Station.[24]

In 2016, Lee starred in OCN's fantasy thriller The Vampire Detective as the title role.[25] The same year, he had a supporting role in MBC's legal drama Woman with a Suitcase.[26] He also co-starred in the action comedy film, Luck Key.[27]

In 2017, Lee Joon starred in KBS2's weekend family drama, My Father is Strange.[28]

Personal life

Lee in 2013

Lee Joon was born and raised in Seoul, South Korea. He has an older sister. He won second place in a dance competition and thus won a scholarship to Seoul Arts High School. He majored in modern dance at the Korea National University of Arts and attended Kyung Hee Cyber University.[29][30]

In January 2018, it was confirmed by their respective agencies that Lee and his My Father is Strange co-star Jung So-min are dating since October 2017.[31]

In 2010, he admitted that he was diagnosed with bipolar disorder.[32]

Military enlistment

Lee quietly began his mandatory military service as an active duty soldier on October 24, 2017 and will attend a five-week basic training in Pocheon, Gyeonggi Province, Prain.[33][34][35]

Lee completed his five weeks of basic training on November 30 placing first among 183 comrades. He was assigned to 8th Battalion to complete his duty.[36][37]

On March 30, 2018 Lee's agency announced Lee has been suffering with panic disorders while carrying out his military duties and was deemed inadequate to serve as an active duty soldier. As a result he was transferred to revisit duty on March 23 and plans to complete his remaining mandatory duty as a public service officer.[38][39][40]


As lead artist

Title Year Peak positions Sales Album

"What I Wanna Give" (내가주고싶은건) 2017 Non-album single
"—" denotes songs that did not chart or were not released in that region.

As featured artist

Title Year Peak positions Sales Album

"Run away"[41]
(Featuring Vision Wei and Thunder)
2011 Daybreak (破晓)
"Do You Remember"
(Featuring Mir of MBLAQ and Kim Jo Han)
2012 Non-album single
"—" denotes songs that did not chart or were not released in that region.

Soundtrack appearances

Title Year Peak chart positions Sales Album

"Feeling Sad" (슬픈예감)(with Hong Jong-hyun) 2010 Jungle Fish 2 OST
"Feeling Sad (Farewell Ver.)" (with Hong Jong-hyun, Kim Bo-ra, Shin So-yul and Han Ji-woo (ko) 2010 Jungle Fish 2 OST
"You & I" (유앤아이) (with G.O and Seung-ho) 2011 Scent of a Woman OST
"—" denotes songs that did not chart or were not released in that region.



Year Title Role Notes
2009 Ninja Assassin Teenage Raizo
2011 Gnomeo & Juliet Gnomeo Korean dubbing
2013 Rough Play Oh Young
2015 The Piper Nam-soo As village chief's son
Seoul Station Ki-woong Voice
2016 Luck Key Jae-sung

Television drama

Year Title Network Role Notes Ref.
2008 That Person Is Coming MBC Student Cameo (Ep 1)
2010 Jungle Fish 2 KBS1 Ahn Ba-woo
Drama Special - Housewife Kim Kwang Ja's 3rd Activities MBC Jin [42]
2012 History of a Salaryman SBS Yeo-chi's boyfriend Cameo (Ep 1)
Sent from Heaven KBS2 Lee Joon Also known as I Need a Fairy [43]
Phantom SBS Passerby Cameo (Ep 1)
2013 Iris II: New Generation KBS2 Yoon Shi-hyuk
2014 Gap-dong tvN Ryu Tae-oh
Mr. Back MBC Choi Dae-han
2015 Drama Special - What is the Ghost Up To? KBS2 Goo Cheon-dong [44]
Pinocchio SBS Fama Cameo (Ep 19) [45]
Heard It Through the Grapevine SBS Han In-sang
2016 The Vampire Detective OCN Yoon San
Woman with a Suitcase MBC Ma Suk-woo
2017 Mia Luang Channel 3 Himself Cameo (Ep 6)
My Father Is Strange KBS2 Ahn Joong-hee

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2014 1st Wildflower Film Awards Best Actor Rough Play Nominated
Best New Actor[46] Won
7th Korea Drama Awards Best New Actor Gap-dong Nominated
50th Baeksang Arts Awards Best New Actor (Film) Rough Play Nominated
Most Popular Actor (Film) Nominated
23rd Buil Film Awards Best New Actor Nominated
MBC Drama Awards Best New Actor Mr. Back Nominated
2015 51st Baeksang Arts Awards Best New Actor (TV) Heard It Through the Grapevine Nominated
Most Popular Actor (TV) Nominated
8th Korea Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actor[47] Won
4th APAN Star Awards Excellence Award, Actor in a Serial Drama[48] Won
SBS Drama Awards Best Couple Award (with Go Ah-sung) Nominated
2015 Scene Stealer Festival Youngest Scene Stealer[49] N/A Won
2016 52nd Baeksang Arts Awards Most Popular Actor (Television) The Vampire Detective Nominated
1st Asia Artist Awards Best Entertainer Award, Actor Woman with a Suitcase Nominated
2017 KBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actor in a Serial Drama Father is Strange Nominated


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  2. ^ "Lee Joon Chooses Prain TPC as His New Agency". Mwave News. January 7, 2015. Retrieved January 7, 2015.
  3. ^ "Rain to Reveal New Boy Band, 5-Member MBLAQ". Hancinema. The Korea Times. September 20, 2009.
  4. ^ Han Sang, Hee (October 11, 2009). "Rain Wows Fans in 'Legend of Rainism'". Korea Times. Retrieved October 19, 2009.
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  8. ^ (in Korean)"엠블랙 데뷔하자마자 오리콘 위클리 2위 기염". Nate News/Newsen. May 11, 2011.
  9. ^ "MBLAQ、デビューイベントに1万人 メンバー・ミルが復帰後初ライブ". Oricon (in Japanese). May 3, 2011.
  10. ^ "Lee Joon to leave MBLAQ : report". Kpop Herald. October 13, 2014.
  11. ^ Lee Joon's departure from MBLAQ "Lee Joon and Cheon Dung Release Official Statement on Ending Promotions as MBLAQ". Mwave. December 16, 2014. Retrieved December 16, 2014.
  12. ^ "Lee Joon to reveal his first-ever solo song before enlisting in military service!". KBS World. October 17, 2017.
  13. ^ 엠블랙 이준, 티아라 지연과 '정글피쉬2'서 연기 호흡 (in Korean). Nate News. August 31, 2010.
  14. ^ "MBLAQ's Lee Joon, T-ara's Jiyeon to voice Hollywood animation pic". 10Asia. March 20, 2011.
  15. ^ "Actor and Singer Lee Joon Playing the Spy in "IRIS 2"". 10Asia. April 11, 2013.
  16. ^ "Lee Joon and Oh Yeon-seo "gets married"". Korea JoongAng Daily. September 7, 2012.
  17. ^ "MBLAQ's Lee Joon Sheds Boy Band Image for Tough Guy Role". The Chosun Ilbo. November 2, 2013.
  18. ^ "Park Yoo-chun and Lee Joon's movies highly expected". Hancinema. DongA Ilbo. October 14, 2013.
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  21. ^ "Lee Joon Transforms into a Shameless Conglomerate's Son in First Filming for 'Mr. Back′". Mwave. 24 October 2014.
  22. ^ "Lee Joon lands another role". Korea JoongAng Daily. January 26, 2015.
  23. ^ "Lee Joon to star in fantasy horror film based on 'Pied Piper'". Kpop Herald. June 9, 2015.
  24. ^ "Animator lines up big names". Korea JoongAng Daily. March 4, 2014.
  25. ^ "Ex-MBLAQ member Lee Joon challenges himself in 'Vampire Detective'". Yonhap News Agency. March 17, 2016.
  26. ^ "Jeon Hye-bin, Lee Joon join MBC's 'Woman'". Korea JoongAng Daily. July 29, 2016.
  27. ^ "YOO Hae-jin and LEE Joon's KEY OF LIFE Began to Shoot". Korean Film Biz Zone. October 12, 2015.
  28. ^ "Want to find out more about this family? [My Father is Strange]". KBS World. March 6, 2017.
  29. ^ "이준(이창선) 가수, 영화배우". Naver. April 4, 2014. Retrieved August 3, 2011.
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  31. ^ "Lee Joon, Jung So-min confirmed to be dating". Kpop Herald. January 1, 2018.
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  37. ^ Ji Hye-hye (December 1, 2017). "[공식입장] 이준 측 "차돌대대 자대배치...사단장 표창 받았다"" (in Korean). OSEN.
  38. ^ Yi Chang-sun (March 30, 2018). "그룹 엠블랙 출신 배우 이준이 보충역으로 편입, 사회복무요원으로 국방의 의무를 이어간다" (in Korean). Enetertainment Seoul.
  39. ^ Sung Ji-eun (March 31, 2018). "Lee Joon to be transferred to reservist duty". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2018-04-17.
  40. ^ Ahn Sang-yool (March 30, 2018). "Lee Joon to serve reservist duty due to panic disorder". The Korea Herald. Retrieved 2018-04-17.
  41. ^ http://news.nate.com/view/20110824n11073
  42. ^ "Lee Joon, Yang Mi-kyung shoot one-act drama". 10Asia. September 8, 2010.
  43. ^ "MBLAQ Lee Joon joins KBS' sitcom "Sent From Heaven"". 10Asia. April 3, 2012.
  44. ^ "[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Drama Special - What is the Ghost Doing?"". Hancinema. July 31, 2015.
  45. ^ "Lee Joon appears in 'Pinocchio'". Kpop Herald. January 15, 2015.
  46. ^ "Lee Joon wins first film award". Korea JoongAng Daily. April 4, 2014.
  47. ^ "김수현, 코리아드라마어워즈 2년연속 대상..작품상 '미생'(종합)". Star News (in Korean). October 9, 2015.
  48. ^ "Kim Soo-hyun wins grand prize at APAN Star Awards". Kpop Herald. November 29, 2015.
  49. ^ "[STARCAST] "I am really going to steal"... Lee Joon, the youngest scene stealer". Star Naver. September 4, 2015.

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