Bong Joon-ho
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Korea (South)
2019

Bong
Joon-ho

Film Director

Since the charming but troubling “Memories of Murder” in 2003, Bong has been an icon of Korean cinema. His career has been broad, critically lauded and commercially successful — “The Host” in 2006 was one of the country’s first films to achieve $10 million in ticket sales. Already an established filmmaker, Bong broke new ground in 2013 with his first English-language film, “Snowpiercer,” which assembled a stellar cast of international actors and a mega-budget. He deliberately sought non-Korean financing for the 2017 eco-fantasy “Okja” and settled on Netflix, where he was also offered complete creative freedom. In 2019, “Parasite,” Bong’s first wholly Korean-language feature since “The Host,” won the Palme d’Or in Cannes, earned $72 million back home and burnished Bong’s reputation overseas.

Career

  • SNOWPIERCER
  • PARASITE
  • MEMORIES OF MURDER

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Bong Joon Ho Says His College Tutoring Job Mirrored 'Parasite'

Bong Joon Ho Says His College Tutoring Job Mirrored 'Parasite'

"Parasite" director Bong Joon Ho says he pulled from his real life when making the genre-bending movie, during the Variety Screening Series presented by Vudu. The South Korean film follows four lower-class family members as they pose as hired help for an unsuspecting, wealthy family."I had experience. I was a tutor when I was in university in a very rich family. My girlfriend at the time, who is now my wife, introduced the job to me. She was teaching English...

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