By: Paige        by: Meg

             dia_gray.gif  Interview with Phillip Rhee
                  October, 2001  By: Paige

 

 square03_orange.gif Basic Facts:

 

 

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Where were you born?

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Seoul, Korea

Q-

What is your Birthdate? (Date, month AND year?)

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Sept. 7 (year not provided)

Q-

Are you 'full blooded' Korean?

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Yes

Q-

Q~ Do you have any brothers and sisters? Do they study Martial arts as well?

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I have a brother name Simon. He is a master Martial Artist.

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What is your religious background?

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I believe in God, but do not believe in the practice of religion. More
people died in the world due to religious war then any other war. But I do
definitely believe in God!

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What are your hobbies? What do you really enjoy doing when you have
free time?

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I enjoy seeing movies, driving with all the windows down, traveling, and writing.

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Do you like to cook? If so, what do you enjoy cooking the most, and
what is your favorite food?

A-

I can cook a mean omelet! My favorite food is seafood, though.

Q-

What area/state do you live in?

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Los Angeles, California.

Q-

Where might 'fans' get an autographed photo of you?

A-

We are trying to have it so they can just download it from our site.

Q-

Do you have any recent photos that could be posted on your site?

A-

Yes.

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 square03_orange.gif About Martial Arts:

 

 

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What degree belt do you hold in TaeKwonDo, and in any other Martial Arts you study?

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I hold a 6th degree belt in TaeKwonDo, a 3rd degree in Hap Ki Do, and a 1st in Kendo.

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What other forms of Martial Arts DO you study? Do you have a 'favorite'?

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My foundation is traditional TaeKwonDo, but I like to study all aspects of the
fighting arts, simply because all styles have a weakness. TaeKwonDo lacks hands, Boxing lacks kicks, etc..

Q-

Is there a 'specific' form of Martial Arts you might suggest someone
should study?

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All martial arts are a positive force in one's life. It builds self
esteem but it's not the style that is important but rather who's teaching the style.

Q-

Is there an excersize in particular that you feel is most important to
the study of a Martial Art?

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Breathing. That where everything starts. The CHI, or KI or simply the life
force. I don't care how strong or big you are, if you're out of breath then
the body will fall.

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Do you currently teach Martial Arts anywhere?

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I will always teach. It's my roots. But not as much.

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Do you have a Martial Arts academy anywhere?

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No, but my brother does. I am also with Master Jun Chong who I have
been with since 1975.

Q-

Would you consider visiting a Martial Arts Academy to talk about
training with others if you were 'formally' invited?

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Yes.

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What do you think is the most important thing someone should walk away
with when studying Martial Arts?

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To walk with confidence and always to be kind to others.

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 square03_orange.gif Questions Posted By Fans:

 

 

Q-

Any thoughts on doing more movies in the 'Best of the Best' Series?

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Currently no. But who knows! I want to tell other stories.

Q-

Would you consider doing anything in which you might reunite with Eric
Roberts and John Dye?

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If the right project came along.

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Do you keep in close contact with Eric Roberts and John Dye?

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We have all went our separate ways. John can be seen in 'Touched by an Angel', and Eric in other movies.

Q-

Any suggestions on where 'fans' can get their own copies of the 'Best
of the Best' movies and soundtracks?

A-

They should be able to get it on Amazon.com, I think.

Q-

When does your newest project "Jason Lee: First Dream" come out? Will
it be in the movie theater, or a special release?

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It was made primarily for Japan and Korea. Since I don't have control
over the release, I don't know.

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What is your next new project?

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I have many! Some are to empower kids, some are about the value of a
man. I tend to like films like 'Braveheart' films that has the theme of HONOR,
LOYALTY, CHIVALRY, LOVE AND HEROISM. I have been offered a lot of roles with
a lot of money but I just cannot see myself doing crap for the sake of
money.

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Do you have any thoughts on either doing or directing a movie with
actor/Martial Arts Jet Li?

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You never know!

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A 'fan' once asked on the Q&A Board if you did any kind of
Internships. Do you, or have you done them in the past?

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Internship in the martial arts or films? Ultimately, one has to find his own path, and I can only guide...

Q-

Do you have any suggestions on additional websites that may have
interviews and such that 'fans' might like to visit?

A-

Check out Simonrhee.com, it's my brothers website. He was DAE HAN in the 'Best of the Best' 1 and 2.

Q-

Any thoughts on having a 'group' chat, at least once in a while, on
your website to talk with some of your 'fans'?

A-

Absolutely!

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What personality trait do you most admire in someone you may meet?

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Someone who has a great attitude about life no matter what their
circumstances may be! These are the people who turn negative into positive
all by their outlook and attitude. These types of people are also inspirations to
others.

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What would be the first thing you might notice about them?

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Definitely eye contact and handshake.

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And, finally, in this time of chaos and impending war, what do you
think is the most important thing people should remember?

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Stay calm. Enjoy every moment with the people you love, and appreciate
life!

 

     dia_skyblue.gif Thankyou, Phillip, for sharing with us! It is so nice to know that you care enough about your          fans to spend some time answering some of our questions!
         From me, and from all of us, I'm sure, keep up the fantastic work! We all look forward to          seeing  what comes next, and hope to have 'updated' interviews with you on a regular basis!          Many Blessings from us ALL!             ~Paige

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