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Jung-Jae Lee

Star Collector

By Elaine W. Ng

Portrait of Jung-Jae Lee. Photo by ArtAsiaPacific.

In the 2012 crime film The Thieves Jung-Jae Lee plays Popie, the leader of a gang of professional crooks who operate in Korea, Hong Kong and Macau, targeting private collections of trophy art and priceless jewels. Little did fans of Korean films and television dramas know that the man playing this handsome mastermind of high-end heists had, in real life, embarked on his own adventure as an art collector more than a decade earlier.

Although Lee’s foray…

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