Interesting Korean Directors

by rilianx | created - 21 Feb 2013 | updated - 03 Mar 2013 | Public

1. 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....

2. Joon-ho Bong

Writer | Okja

Joon-ho Bong was born on September 14, 1969 in Daegu, South Korea. He is a writer and director, known for Okja (2017), Snowpiercer (2013) and Memories of Murder (2003).

4. Ki-duk Kim

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 ...

8. Gina Kim

Director | Never Forever

Gina Kim was born in Seoul, South Korea. She is a writer and director known for pioneering international co-production films such as Never Forever (2007), Final Recipe (2013), Bloodless (2017), Invisible Light (2003), and Gina Kim's Video Diary (1999). Kim is an acclaimed film director whose ...

9. Joon-Hwan Jang

Director | Jigureul jikyeora!

Joon-Hwan Jang was born on January 18, 1970 in Jeonju, Korea. He is a director and writer, known for Save the Green Planet! (2003), 1987: When the Day Comes (2017) and Hwayi: A Monster Boy (2013).

11. Sang-soo Im

Director | Hanyo

Sang-soo Im 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 Tears (2000).

14. 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 ...

15. 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 Wei Tang since July 12, 2014.

18. 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 ...

Hanji (2011); Beyond the Years (2007); Low Life (2004); Strokes of Fire (2002); Chunhyang (2000); Downfall (1997); Festival (1996); Taebek sanmaek (1994); Seopyeonje (1993); General's Son III (1992); Gaebyeok (1991); General's Son II (1991); General's Son (1990); Aje aje bara aje (1989); Yeonsan ilgi (1988); Sibaji (1987); Adada (1987); Ticket (1986); Heureuneun gangmuleul eojji makeorya (1986); Gilsoddeum (1986); Bului dal (1983); Nabipumeseo uleotda (1983); Angae maeul (1983); Oyeomdoen jashikdeul (1982); Woosangui nunmul (1982); Abenko Green Berets (1982); Mandala (1981); Chakko (1980); Gitbaleobtneun gisu (1980); Bokbuin (1980); Shingung (1979); Jeo padowie eoma eolguli (1979); Jokbo (1979); Naeil ddo naeil (1979); Gaggabgodo meon kil (1978); Sangroksu (1978); Imjinrangwa gyewolhyang (1977); Okryegi (1977); Anae (1976); Nakdongkaneun heureuneunga (1976); Maenbalui nunkil (1976); Wangshibri (1976); Eoje, oneul, geurigo naeil (1975); Wae guraetdeonga (1975); Yeonhwa 2 (1975); Yeonhwa (1974); Ulji aneuri (1974); Anaedeului haengjin (1974); Jeungeon (1974); Jabcho (1973); Daechugyeok (1973); Janganmyeonggi obaekwa (1973); Samguk daehyeob (1972); One Returns and the Other Leaves (1972); Myeongdong janhoksa (1972); Myeongdong samgukji (1972); Duljjae eomeoni (1972); Yogeom (1971); Nareul deoisang goerobhiji mara (1971); Weonhan ui tu kkobchu (1971); 30 nyeonmanui daegyeol (1971); Wonhanui geori nuni naerinda (1971); Soknunseobi kin yeoja (1970); Bigeom (1970); Man on the Night Train (1970); A Woman Pursued (1970); Binaerineun seonchangga (1970); Iseulmajeun baekilhong (1970); One-Eyed Mr. Park (1970); Wolhaui geom (1970); Would You Help Me? (1969); Eagle of the Plains (1969); Roegeom (1969); Night of the Full Moon (1969); Escape from Shanghai (1969); Rain on Gomo Bridge (1969); Sanai samdae (1969); Return of the Left-Handed Man (1968); Mongnyeo (1968); Baramgateun sanai (1968); Yohwa Jang Huibin (1968); Manghyang cheonri (1967); Pungunui geomgaek (1967); Cheongsa choryong (1967); Nilniri (1966); Naneum wang-ida (1966); Beobchangeul ullin oki (1966); Jeonjaenggwa yeogyosa (1966); Wanggwa sangno (1965); Bitsoke jida (1965); Yeonghwa mama (1964); Shibnyeon sedo (1964); Dangol jikaksaeng (1964); Shibjamae seonsaeng (1964); Yogmangui gyeolsan (1964); Shinmungo (1963); Mangbuseog (1963); Namjaneun anpallyeo (1963); Danjang lok (1963); Jeonjaenggwa noin (1962) Dumanganga jal itgeola (1962)

20. 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 Paris Awakens (1991).

21. So Yong Kim

Director | Na-moo-eobs-neun san

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

23. Je-yong Lee

Director | Seukaendeul - Joseon namnyeo sangyeoljisa

Je-yong Lee was born in 1965 in Chungcheong-namdo, Daejeon, South Korea. He is a director and writer, known for Untold Scandal (2003), The Bacchus Lady (2016) and An Affair (1998).

26. Hong-jin Na

Writer | Chugyeogja

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...

29. Seul-gi Ahn

Director | Na-eui No-lae-neun

Seul-gi Ahn is a director and actor, known for My Song Is... (2007), Five Is Too Many (2005) and Under the Sun (2015).

31. 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 ...

32. 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 ...

33. Joon-ik Lee

Director | Sado

Joon-ik Lee was born on September 21, 1959 in Seoul, Korea. He is a director and actor, known for The Throne (2015), The King and the Clown (2005) and Dongju (2016).



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