In “RED 2” (Summit Entertainment, Rated PG-13 – In Theaters July 19), the high-octane action-comedy sequel to the worldwide sleeper hit directed by Dean Parisot, and stars Bruce Willis, John Malkovich, Mary-Louise Parker and Anthony Hopkins, Helen Mirren, and Catherine Zeta-Jones, Byung Hun Lee (as Han Cho Bai), Brian Cox, and Neal McDonough.
Willis is former CIA black ops agent Frank Moses, who has spent his life dealing with bad guys. Hand-to-hand combat, diplomatic intrigue, jumping out of moving things, are his tools of the trade. Only when it came to a burgeoning relationship with Sarah Ross (Mary-Louise Parker) did things get shaky for him.
Frank is now content in their quiet life but Sarah is worried that he hasn’t killed anyone in months and that things are getting a little stale between them. She wants to mix things up a little so that their lives are filled with adventure, romance and danger—things they can do as a couple.
Sarah is about to get her wish to “be one of the guys” and Frank learns that keeping the girl is a lot more work than getting the girl and while saving the world can be hard, relationships are ridiculously hard.
The high-octane action-comedy sequel to the worldwide hit of 2010 finds Frank Moses and his old partner Marvin Boggs (John Malkovich) still in the not-so-sedate life of retirement, but are now being dragged into a whirlwind as a next generation weapon – Nightshade – from the Cold War that went missing on Frank and Marvin’s watch has apparently resurfaced. And everyone now thinks that the two of them know its whereabouts.
MI6 has given Frank and Marvin’s buddy, deadly sharpshooter Victoria (Helen Mirren) a contract to eliminate the duo. In addition, a corrupt U.S. official (Neal McDonough) is sending another contract killer Han (Byung Hun Lee) after them which is music to Han’s ears, since he has an old score to settle with Frank.
Their mission has them hop scotching the globe from London to Paris to Moscow where they cross paths with Frank’s old flame Katja (Catherine Zeta-Jones) and all of them are trying find a long-ago locked away genius scientist Edward Bailey (Anthony Hopkins) who might be able to unravel the mystery of Nightshade, save themselves and save the world.
The filmmakers were cognizant that in order to hold onto the comedic elements of the story they had to commit to the action and adventure first and then “the concerns of the characters which at times seem ludicrous become believable,” says director Parisot. “The structure is of an action movie but the characters are comedic because they can’t resolve their absurd issues which are happening during a lot of extreme violence.”
While the movie is filled with exotic locations, a scintillating car chase through Paris, and action galore, at its core it’s a relationship movie and the difficulty of lifer in the Black Ops game (Frank) and him wanting to do the right thing keep his fragile china doll (Sarah) safe. She wants the opposite and finds an ally in Marvin.
Byun Hun Lee is an actor who is recognized as one of the starters of the “Korean Boom” in television and film. Having solidified his position as one of Asia’s biggest stars, he is known as one of the Four Kings in Japan. Additionally, he is the only actor to sell out the Tokyo Dome with 45,000 screaming fans.
Lee started his acting career in 1991 with a starring role in the Korean TV drama “Asphalt, My Hometown”. Additional TV projects include “Tomorrow Love”, “Police”, “Son of Wind”, “Happy Together”, “Beautiful Days”, “All In”, and “Iris” in 2009. Although much of his early success came from television dramas, Lee’s real passion is in films. The Good, the Bad, and the Weird and I Come With the Rain premiered in 2008 and his critically acclaimed film I Saw the Devil premiered in 2011 at the Sundance Film Festival to rave reviews.
Lee’s first foray in to Hollywood films came in 2010 with a starring role in GI Joe: Rise of Cobra. Following the global success of that film, he signed on for G.I. Joe 2: Retaliation, which was released in March 2013 and became an instant international hit. His first period piece feature, Masquerade, was released in late 2012 and received stellar reviews from both audiences and critics, and has become the 3rd highest grossing film to date in Korea.
In 2012, he was one of the first two Korean actors ever to be honored with a hand and foot print ceremony at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre.