With Ji Hyun Woo just released from the army, it triggered a remembrance that another Korean actor I liked went off to the army right before Ji Hyun Woo so where the heck is he now? Lee Joon Hyuk enlisted in June of 2012 and should have been out by now but I didn’t hear a peep from the media. A quick digging confirmed that Lee Joon Hyun has in fact been released from the army in mid-March of 2014 (about a month and a half ago) without any fanfare whatsoever. That probably is the result of him not having a sizzling hot project or performance under his belt right before he enlisted, the way Ji Hyun Woo toddled off to the army after the hit Queen In Hyun’s Man and also getting a high-profile new girlfriend. I’ve liked Lee Joon Hyuk since I first laid eyes on him in City Hall as Cha Seung Won‘s political aide, he was adorable and reminded me of a baby Song Seung Heon.
He was also in A Star’s Lover but I totally don’t remember that. His big leading man break was supposed to come in I Am Legend but who knew second male lead Kim Seung Soo playing a rat bastard ex-husband would steal the show and the chemistry with leading lady Kim Jung Eun. Lee Joon Hyuk remains best known for City Hunter and before he enlisted he played the second male lead antagonist in The Equator Man with Uhm Tae Woong and both men got good reviews and the drama did alright in the ratings. I think he’ll be perfect to ease back into acting by picking edgier cable dramas like Jung Kyung Ho did with Cruel City (Heartless City). Now that he’s back I’ll keep an eye out for his return to entertainment and to remind us all of what a hottie he was even before he enlisted, enjoy the pretty Lee Joon Hyuk spread below.