Lee graduated from Chung-Ang University majoring in film and then went on to the Art Center College of Design, Pasadena. He went on to work as the assistant director for Shin Production, established by Shin Sang-ok, a renowned director. He directed a short film, " 1 Dollar and 98 cents " , which won the Best Film at the Seoul Independent Film Festival. , for which he also wrote the screenplay, is his feature directorial debut.
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