LOS ANGELES, June 30 (Korea Bizwire) – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) that gives out the Academy Awards has appointed four Koreans who represent the country’s film community, including actor Lee Byung-hun, as its new members, according to its official website on Wednesday.
Lee, best known to Western viewers for his roles in Hollywood films “Terminator Genisys” and “G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra,” filmmakers Park Chan-wook of “Oldboy” and “Stoker” and Lee Chang-dong of “Poetry” and “Oasis” were among the 683 people invited this year to be new members of the Academy. The list also included Kim So-yong of “For Ellen.”
This marks the second year that Korean film industry figures gained Academy membership, a move that shows the status of the Korean film industry on the global stage.
Last year, directors Im Kwon-taek and Bong Joon-ho, actors Choi Min-sik and Song Kang-ho, and Walt Disney’s top animator Kim Sang-jin became members.
Among the new Korean-American members are Jhun Yong-duk, a DreamWorks’ cinematographer, actor Daniel Dae Kim who appeared in the American TV series “Lost” and the Hollywood film producer Roy Lee.