About the director
Born September 14th, 1969, Bong Joon-ho is a South Korean film director whose films often mix various genres and elements, combining thrilling plots with his wickedly funny sense of humour and biting social analysis.
All of Bong's major works have come in the 21st Century, including a number of South Korean classics such as Mother, The Host, and Memories of Murder. Whether he's paying homage to Hitchcock, putting his own twist on the creature feature, or crafting an intense murder mystery, you can be sure to notice his unique visual style and wit.
Following success working in his native language, Bong's international profile was increased with two English-language feature films, Snowpiercer and Okja starring well-known Hollywood faces including Chris Evans, John Hurt, Tilda Swinton, and Jake Gyllenhaal.
Bong's biggest success was to follow with a return to South Korea, releasing the deeply thrilling Parasite with an ensemble cast of actors including long-time collaborator and friend Song Kang-ho. Parasite once again focusses on themes such as class divisions and environmental sustainability, following the story of the lower class Kim family as they begin to take up jobs working for the wealthy Park family. After picking up the coveted Palme d'Or at Cannes Film Festival, the film kept up its momentum and gathered fans around the globe throughout the year. Parasite then made film history at the 2020 Oscars, becoming the first-ever Foreign-Language film to win Best Picture with Bong also picking up the Best Director award.
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