My favourite South Korean filmmakers

by Koyaanisqatsi4 | created - 12 Sep 2014 | updated - 03 Dec 2014 | Public

1. Bong Joon Ho

Writer | Snowpiercer

Bong Joon Ho was born on September 14, 1969 in Daegu, South Korea. He is a writer and producer, known for Snowpiercer (2013), Okja (2017) and Parasite (2019).

2. Park Chan-Wook

Producer | Ah-ga-ssi

Park Chan-Wook was born on August 23, 1963 in Seoul, South Korea. He is a producer and director, known for The Handmaiden (2016), Oldboy (2003) and Thirst (2009). He is married to Eun-hee Kim. They have one child.

3. Kim Ki-duk

Writer | Bin-jip

He studied fine arts in Paris in 1990-1992. In 1993 he won the award for Best Screenplay from the Educational Institute of Screenwriting with "A Painter and A Criminal Condemned to Death". After two more screenplay awards, he made his directorial debut with Crocodile (1996). Then he went on to ...

4. Jee-woon Kim

Director | Joheunnom nabbeunnom isanghannom

Jee-woon Kim was born on May 27, 1964 in Seoul, South Korea. He is a director and writer, known for The Good the Bad the Weird (2008), A Tale of Two Sisters (2003) and I Saw the Devil (2010).

5. Chang-dong Lee

Writer | Beoning

Lee Chang-Dong was born in 1954 in Daegu, which some consider the most right-wing city in South Korea. Lee is a former high-school teacher and an acclaimed novelist. He turned to cinema when he was over 40 years old. His debut film "Green Fish" (1997) brought immediate success and critical acclaim....

6. Jae-young Kwak

Writer | Yeopgijeogin geunyeo

Jae-young Kwak was born on May 22, 1959 in South Korea. He is a writer and director, known for My Sassy Girl (2001), Cyborg She (2008) and The Piano in a Factory (2010).

7. Kwon-taek Im

Director | Chunhyangdyun

Born in Changsong, Cheollanam-do, 2 May 1936. He grew up in the southern city Kwangju, where he completed senior high school. His family suffered considerable hardships and losses in the Korean War, so he had to move to Pusan in search of work: he was a labourer before trying to start a business ...

8. Sang-ok Shin

Producer | Sarangbang sonnimgwa eomeoni

Shin alleged that he and his wife were kidnapped from their native South Korea in the late 1970s and held for several years in North Korea to make movies for Kim Jong Il, son of the N. Korean leader. Shin Sang-ok sought asylum in the United States in 1986 shortly before the film "Pulgasary" was ...

10. Sang-soo Hong

Director | Ji-geum-eun-mat-go-geu-ddae-neun-teul-li-da

Sang-soo Hong was born on October 25, 1960 in Seoul, Korea. He is a director and writer, known for Right Now, Wrong Then (2015), Night and Day (2008) and On the Beach at Night Alone (2017).

11. Hyun-mok Yoo

Director | Ilheobeolin cheongchun

Retrospective at the Kerala International Film Festival, India.

12. Kim Ki-young

Director | Goryeo jang

Kim Ki-young was born on October 10, 1919 in Seoul, South Korea. He was a director and writer, known for Goryeojang (1963), A Defiance of Teenager (1959) and The Asphalt Pavement (1964). He was married to Yu-bong Kim. He died on February 5, 1998 in Seoul.

14. Je-kyu Kang

Writer | Taegukgi hwinalrimyeo

Director Je-Kyu Kang was born in South Korea. Before directing his hit film Shiri (1999) pronounced "Shee Rhee", Kang nearly gave up the film business. After struggling for many years, he has finally become one of the premier directors in South Korea.

15. Na Hong-jin

Writer | Chugyeokja

Na Hong-jin born in 1974 is a South Korean film director and screenwriter. His debut film The Chaser (2008) won Best Director at the 45th Grand Bell Awards in 2008. The film also won the award for Best Film. His follow up film, The Yellow Sea, was released in South Korea on December 15, 2010. It is...

17. Hae-sung Song

Director | Failan

Hae-sung Song was born on October 11, 1964 in Seoul, South Korea. He is a director and writer, known for Failan (2001), Rikidozan: A Hero Extraordinary (2004) and Boomerang Family (2013).

18. Seung-wan Ryoo

Director | Beterang

Ryoo Seung-wan entered the global spotlight with his 2005 film CRYING FIST, starring Choi Min-sik (OLD BOY) and his younger brother Ryoo Seung-bum. The film displayed the director's capability to break traditional genre boundaries, and won him the FIPRESCI Prize at the 58th Cannes Film Festival and...

19. Il-gon Song

Director | Ggot seom

Il-gon Song was born on January 1, 1971 in Seoul, South Korea. He is a director and writer, known for Ggot seom (2001), The Picnic (1999) and Spider Forest (2004).

20. John H. Lee

Director | Nae meorisokui jiwoogae

John H. Lee's films are imbued with top-notch cosmopolitan sensibilities. He has become one of the most sought after directors in all of East Asia and is a member of the rising generation of international directors from the region, having both a distinct voice as an auteur and wide commercial ...

22. Sung-su Kim

Director | Asura

Sung-su Kim was born on November 15, 1961 in Seoul, South Korea. He is a director and writer, known for Asura (2016), The Warrior (2001) and Please Teach Me English (2003).

23. Jin-ho Hur

Director | Palwolui Keuriseumaseu

Born in 1963 in Jeonju, South Korea, Jin-ho Hur graduated from the Korean Academy of Film Arts. His first steps as a film director did not go unnoticed as his first short, 'For Kochal", was selected for The Vancouver International Film Festival. He later co-wrote the script of "A Single Spark" and ...

28. Joon-ik Lee

Director | Sado

Joon-ik Lee was born on September 21, 1959 in Seoul, Korea. He is a director and producer, known for The Throne (2015), Dongju: The Portrait of a Poet (2016) and Anarchist from Colony (2017).

30. Im Sang-soo

Director | Hanyo

Im Sang-soo was born on April 27, 1962 in Seoul, South Korea. He is a director and writer, known for The Housemaid (2010), The Old Garden (2006) and Baramnan gajok (2003).

31. Yun-ho Yang

Director | Baramui paiteo

Yun-ho Yang was born on November 11, 1966 in South Korea. He is a director and writer, known for Fighter in the Wind (2004), Yuri (1996) and Rainbow Eyes (2007).

34. Dong-hoon Choi

Director | Amsal

Dong-hoon Choi was born in 1971 in Jeonju, North Jeolla Province, South Korea. He is a director and actor, known for Assassination (2015), The Thieves (2012) and The Big Swindle (2004).

35. So Yong Kim

Director | Na-moo-eobs-neun san

She originally comes from Korea but also grew up in Los Angeles, USA.

36. Pang Eun-jin

Director | Orora gongju

Pang Eun-jin was born on August 5, 1965 in Seoul, Korea. She is an actress and director, known for Princess Aurora (2005), 301, 302 (1995) and Address Unknown (2001).

37. Sun-Woo Jang

Director | Gojitmal

Sun-Woo Jang was born on March 20, 1952 in Seoul, South Korea as Man-cheoul Jang. He is a director and writer.

38. Han-min Kim

Director | Choi-jong-byeong-gi hwal

Han-min Kim is a director and writer, known for War of the Arrows (2011), The Admiral: Roaring Currents (2014) and Paradise Murdered (2007).

39. Jang-ho Lee

Director | Nageuneneun kileseodo swiji anhneunda

Did work 8 years with director Shin Sang-Ok. Founded his own production company PAN film in 1986.

40. Jin Jang

Writer | Aneun yeoja

Jin Jang was born in 1971 in Seoul, Korea. He is a writer and director, known for Someone Special (2004), Murder, Take One (2005) and Welcome to Dongmakgol (2005).

42. Jin-pyo Park

Director | Jukeodo joha

Jin-pyo Park was born in 1966 in Seoul, South Korea. He is a director and writer, known for Too Young to Die (2002), You Are My Sunshine (2005) and Voice of a Murderer (2007).

43. Tae-yong Kim

Director | Gajokeui tansaeng

Tae-yong Kim was born on December 9, 1969 in Seoul, South Korea. He is a director and actor, known for Family Ties (2006), Late Autumn (2010) and Mad Sad Bad (2014). He has been married to Tang Wei since July 12, 2014.

45. Pil-sung Yim

Director | Henjel gwa Geuretel

Pil-sung Yim is a director and writer, known for Hansel and Gretel (2007), Doomsday Book (2012) and Antarctic Journal (2005).

46. Jae-eun Jeong

Director | Go-yang-i-leul boo-tak-hae

Jae-eun Jeong was born on January 1, 1969 in South Korea. He is a director and writer, known for Take Care of My Cat (2001), Talking Architect (2011) and Butterfly Sleep (2017).

47. Ounie Lecomte

Director | Yeo-haeng-ja

Ounie Lecomte was born in 1966 in Seoul, South Korea. She is a director and actress, known for A Brand New Life (2009), Looking for Her (2015) and After Midnight (1990).

48. Kwang-Hyun Park

Director | Welkkeom tu Dongmakgol

Park, born in 1969, studied visual design at Hongik University before working as a director of TV commercials. Many people remember the tagline "Don't bet your life," in the commercial for a popular fast-food chain. Many also remember an impressive statement made by actor Choi Min-shik in a ...

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