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June 25, 2012

Ahn, Lee leave permanent impression on Hollywood
By Lee Woo-young The Korea Herald

Korean actors Lee Byung-hun and Ahn Sung-ki became the first Korean actors to leave handprints and footprints in the forecourt of an iconic Hollywood theater.

The two stars left imprints of their hands and feet outside Grauman's Chinese Theater in Hollywood, California, on Saturday as part of events held during the "Looking East 2012 Korean Movie Festival" from Saturday to Sunday.

Ten Korean films including "Unbowed," "Poetry," and "Thirst," were screened during the two-day festival.

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Korean actors Lee Byung-hun (left) and Ahn Sung-ki pose for a photo at the handprint ceremony in front of Grauman's Chinese Theater in Hollywood on Saturday. (Yonhap News)

"I can't believe I just got my handprints here. It's an incredible moment because I used to take pictures in front of the handprints of Hollywood actors and actresses," said Lee at the ceremony.

Lee appeared in the Hollywood blockbuster movie "G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra" in 2009. "It's been a tremendous honor to leave my handprints and footprints here with other big stars," said Ahn Sung-ki, one of the most respected and popular actors in Korea.

Ahn played a leading role in the Korean courtroom drama "Unbowed" released earlier this year.

Lee and Ahn join a long list of Hollywood stars to have participated in the same event since the ceremony started in 1927.

The stars honored with handprints include Elizabeth Taylor, Bruce Willis, Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise. Hong Kong movie director John Woo was the first Asian to have left his prints in Hollywood in 2002.

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Lee Byung Hun and Ahn Sung Ki Leave Their Prints in Hollywood
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Lee Byung Hun and Ahn Sung Ki have been immortalized in the legendary street in front of Hollywood's Grauman's Chinese Theater.

On June 23 (local time), the two Korean actors took part in a hand and foot printing ceremony to join the likes of some 200 other famous stars of the past and present.

Lee Byung Hun and Ahn Sung Ki have now become the first Asian actors (not including Asian American actors) to have their hand and foot prints on the legendary avenue.

In addition, Lee Byung Hun's writing of ‘Korea's Actor Lee Byung Hun', ignited proud patriotic sentiments for Koreans everywhere.

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Regarding the feat, Lee Byung Hun said, "I still can't believe I left behind my hand prints. More than the 20 years I've been an actor, I will work even harder in the next 20 years."

Ahn Sung Ki shared, "In my 55-year acting career, this has been the most honor-filled day. I will work harder for this honor to continue on as an actor."

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