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Show Review: South Korean actor Lee Je-hoon teases upcoming financial crime drama in inaugural Singapore fan meet

According to the 38 year-old actor, he will be speaking quite a fair bit of English in the series.

Tan Kwang Yu

| March 26, 2023
Lee Je-hoon at his inaugural Singapore fan meet. HallyuSG Photo: Nicole Quek

South Korean actor Lee Je-hoon is in town to engage his fans and perform live for them at the Singapore leg of his Vacation fan meet.

He visited other cities like Manila and Jarkata earlier this month.

Held at the Stephen Riady Auditorium at NTUC Centre, there were a total of two sessions for his fans to choose from – one at 2PM, and the other at 7PM.

Lee Je-hoon in the interactive segments with fans at his inaugural Singapore fan meet. HallyuSG Photo: Nicole Quek

Other than bringing a live cover of Lany’s Thick and Thin (2018), the fan meet largely revolved around his latest work, Taxi Driver 2. He played Kim Do-gi, a deluxe taxi driver, who delivers revenge call service for his clients.

Revenge may well be a dish best served cold. But the 2-hour session was definitely a warm one as Lee served up plenty of surprises – sharing many of his personal and intimate moments.

Here are three highlights from the actor’s inaugural Singapore fan meet.

1. Rather than taking public transport or private hire, he prefers walking

Pay slightly more attention the next time you spot a good-looking Korean hunk walking along the streets in a shirt and shorts. That man could just be Lee Je-Hoon.

He played a seasoned driver in Taxi Driver. But he confessed that he actually prefers walking around, as opposed to taking public transport or private hire, for instance.

“This could sound weird, but I really love walking around when travelling,” Lee said.

I walked around the Marina Bay Sands area across the bridge [past midnight]. It was so quiet and walking helps me calm down, it helps me sort out what I think”.

A press conference was held in Sentosa a day before the fan meet.

Lee Je-hoon at a press conference held prior to his fan meet. HallyuSG Photo: Nicole Quek

And Lee said that he had never been to the island, but that would be on his itinerary the next time he’s here. Universal Studios too.

2. He’s more Singaporean than we think

Lee Je-hoon is no stranger to Singapore. In fact, he was here on multiple occasions post pandemic.

When quizzed on the types of Korean food Singaporean fans should try in Korea, he even flexed on how well he knew the city state.

Lee Je-hoon at his inaugural Singapore fan meet. HallyuSG Photo: Nicole Quek

“There’s no need to come to Korea for Korean food. I walked around Chinatown (Neil Road) before and there are streets full of Korean food around, I was really shocked to see that you can eat [Korean cuisine] here”.

At this point, is Lee really a foreigner?

Lee also revealed that he has friends living in Singapore, whom he will visit when he’s in town.

3. A tease of upcoming drama projects

Lee did not shy away from giving spoilers for his local fans. 

“Lately the dramas which I’m casted in are mainly action-based, but my next one is about financial crime, so I will be wearing suits and speaking a lot in English,” he teased.

Meanwhile, his ongoing series Taxi Driver, which is currently streaming on Viu, is keeping fans waiting with bated breath.

Lee revealed that his character could find himself in a more dangerous and precarious situation soon, and could even end up at a funeral. There were audible gasps from fans right after.

Kim Do-gi (played by Lee Je-hoon) and Ahn Go-eun (played by Pye Yi-jin) in a still from Taxi Driver 2. Photo: Viu

But when quizzed about his love-line with his female lead Pyo Ye-jin, who plays Ahn Go-eun in the series, he remained tight-lipped.


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