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Published on Apr 24, 2018
South Korea's most versatile writer-director, Bong Joon-ho, discusses how South Korean society has influenced their cinema.
A true cinephile at heart, his work boldly reflects his eclectic taste. From drama to genre, from fantasy to true crime (often with a layer of dark humour), films such as Memories of Murder, The Host, and Snowpiercer have garnered Bong Joon Ho a worldwide audience, with fellow auteurs Guillermo Del Toro and Quentin Tarantino ranking among his biggest fans. His most recent film, Okja, released by Netflix, created quite a stir in Cannes and ignited an important conversation in the industry around distribution strategies and Festival eligibility, all the while enchanting audiences. Tarantino once declared that "Bong Joon Ho is like Steven Spielberg in his prime," and luckily for us all, he has more stories to tell.
Featuring clips from: The Man From Nowhere (2010) – Lee Jung-beom The City of Violence (2006) – dir. Ryoo Seung-wan New World (2013) – dir. Park Hoon-jung Friend (2001) – dir. Kwak Kyung-taek Joint Security Area (2000) – dir. Park Chan-wook Mother (2009) – dir. Bong Joon-ho Memories of Murder (2003) – dir. Bong Joon-ho Barking Dogs Never Bite (2000) – dir. Bong Joon-ho The Host (2006) – dir. Bong Joon-ho