A Korean American born in Brooklyn and raised in Bethesda, Maryland, Lee earned a bachelor's degree from George Washington University and a law degree from American University. After a brief stint as a corporate attorney, Lee relocated from Washington, D.C., to Los Angeles in 1996 to pursue a career in the film industry. He landed his first job with the production company Alphaville, where he worked on films such as The Mummy, The Jackal and Michael. With his experience tracking scripts at Alphaville, he later co-founded a website called ScriptShark.com, which allowed aspiring writers the opportunity to have their screenplays evaluated by industry professionals. This success led to an assignment with a talent-management company where he tracked short films to play on personal computers.
As an independent producer and development executive, Lee (dubbed The Remake Man in a 2003 New Yorker profile) began importing films in 2001 from Japan, Korea, Hong Kong and Indonesia to be remade in the United States, selling the rights to American movie studios on behalf of their Asian distributors.
Together with partner Doug Davison, Lee founded Vertigo Entertainment, where the producing pair is developing several projects. Those titles include The Departed (a police thriller currently in production starring Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson and Leonardo DiCaprio under the direction of Martin Scorsese), Il Mare (a love story currently in post-production starring Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock), and Antarctica. Already completed is another highly anticipated horror film based on a Japanese production-DARK WATER (based on Koji Suzuki's short story), directed by Walter Salles and starring Oscar winner Jennifer Connelly.
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