Bong Joon-ho

Bong Joon-ho (Korean: 봉준호), born September 14, 1969, is a South Korean film director, producer and screenwriter. His films are characterised by emphasis on social themes, genre-mixing, black humor, and sudden tone shifts. He first became known to audiences and achieved a cult following with his directorial debut film, the black comedy Barking Dogs Never Bite (2000), before achieving both critical and commercial success with his subsequent films: the crime thriller Memories of Murder (2003), the monster film The Host (2006), the science fiction action film Snowpiercer (2013), and the Academy Award-winning black comedy social thriller Parasite (2019), all of which are among the highest-grossing films in South Korea, with Parasite also being the highest-grossing South Korean film in history. All of Bong's films have been South Korean productions, although both Snowpiercer and Okja (2017) are mostly in the English language. Two of his films have screened in competition at the Cannes Film Festival—Okja in 2017 and Parasite in 2019; the latter earned the Palme d'Or, which was a first for a South Korean film. Parasite also became the first South Korean film to receive Academy Award nominations, with Bong winning Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Original Screenplay, making Parasite the first film not in English to win Best Picture. In 2017, Bong was included on Metacritic's list of the 25 best film directors of the 21st century. In 2020, Bong was included in Time's annual ...

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Memories of Murder (2003)

1986 Gyunggi Province. The body of a young woman is found brutally raped and murdered. Two months later, a series of rapes and murders commences under similar circumstances. And in a country that had never known such crimes, the dark whispers about a serial ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bong Joon-ho
CAST:  Song Kang-ho  •  Kim Sang-kyung  •  Kim Roi-ha  •  Park Hae-il

1986 Gyunggi Province. The body of a young woman is found brutally raped and murdered. Two months later, a series of rapes and murders commences under similar circumstances. And in a country that had never known such crimes, the dark whispers about a serial ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bong Joon-ho
CAST:  Song Kang-ho  •  Kim Sang-kyung  •  Kim Roi-ha  •  Park Hae-il

Barking Dogs Never Bite (2000)

An idle part-time college lecturer is annoyed by the yapping sound of a nearby dog. He decides to take drastic action.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bong Joon-ho
CAST:  Lee Sung-jae  •  Bae Doo-na  •  Byun Hee-bong  •  Kim Ho-jung

An idle part-time college lecturer is annoyed by the yapping sound of a nearby dog. He decides to take drastic action.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bong Joon-ho
CAST:  Lee Sung-jae  •  Bae Doo-na  •  Byun Hee-bong  •  Kim Ho-jung

Snowpiercer (2013)

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In a future where a failed global-warming experiment kills off most life on the planet, a class system evolves aboard the Snowpiercer, a train that travels around the globe via a perpetual-motion engine.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bong Joon-ho
CAST:  Chris Evans  •  Jamie Bell  •  Song Kang-ho  •  John Hurt

In a future where a failed global-warming experiment kills off most life on the planet, a class system evolves aboard the Snowpiercer, a train that travels around the globe via a perpetual-motion engine.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bong Joon-ho
CAST:  Chris Evans  •  Jamie Bell  •  Song Kang-ho  •  John Hurt

3.11 A Sense of Home (2011)

In memory of the Japanese earthquake on 3.11, each director presents a 3 minute and 11 second short film in tribute to those who were lost that day.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Naomi Kawase  •  Jonas Mekas  •  Bong Joon-ho  •  Kazuhiro Soda  •  Jia Zhangke  •  Víctor Erice  •  Kaori Momoi  •  Pedro González-Rubio  •  Apichatpong Weerasethakul  •  So Yong Kim  •  Isaki Lacuesta  •  Steven Sebring  •  Zhao Ye  •  Catherine Cadou  •  Ariel Rotter  •  Leslie Kee  •  Toyoko Yamasaki  •  Mohd Naguib Razak  •  Wisut Ponnimit  •  Takushi Nishinaka  •  Shunji Dodo
CAST:  Go Ah-sung  •  Ana Torrent  •  Kaori Momoi  •  Zhao Tao

In memory of the Japanese earthquake on 3.11, each director presents a 3 minute and 11 second short film in tribute to those who were lost that day.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Naomi Kawase  •  Jonas Mekas  •  Bong Joon-ho  •  Kazuhiro Soda  •  Jia Zhangke  •  Víctor Erice  •  Kaori Momoi  •  Pedro González-Rubio  •  Apichatpong Weerasethakul  •  So Yong Kim  •  Isaki Lacuesta  •  Steven Sebring  •  Zhao Ye  •  Catherine Cadou  •  Ariel Rotter  •  Leslie Kee  •  Toyoko Yamasaki  •  Mohd Naguib Razak  •  Wisut Ponnimit  •  Takushi Nishinaka  •  Shunji Dodo
CAST:  Go Ah-sung  •  Ana Torrent  •  Kaori Momoi  •  Zhao Tao

Doomsday Book (2012)

In 'A Brave New World', a virus brings the city to ruins and zombies flood the streets of Seoul. In 'The Heavenly Creature', a robot reaches enlightenment while working at a temple, but its creators deem this phenomenon a threat to mankind. In the final segment, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Yim Pil-sung  •  Kim Jee-woon
CAST:  Ryoo Seung-bum  •  Go Joon-hee  •  Park Hae-il  •  Kim Kang-woo

In 'A Brave New World', a virus brings the city to ruins and zombies flood the streets of Seoul. In 'The Heavenly Creature', a robot reaches enlightenment while working at a temple, but its creators deem this phenomenon a threat to mankind. In the final segment, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Yim Pil-sung  •  Kim Jee-woon
CAST:  Ryoo Seung-bum  •  Go Joon-hee  •  Park Hae-il  •  Kim Kang-woo

Ari Ari the Korean Cinema (2012)

Director Chung Ji-Young criticizes the thought that older directors have difficulties in making certain movies. Actress Yoon Jin-Seo agonizes over her identity as an actress. In 2009, before the movie "Unbowed" was made, they met and planned a documentary about ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Heo Chul
CAST:  Bong Joon-ho  •  Moon So-ri  •  Choi Min-sik  •  Lee Chang-dong

Director Chung Ji-Young criticizes the thought that older directors have difficulties in making certain movies. Actress Yoon Jin-Seo agonizes over her identity as an actress. In 2009, before the movie "Unbowed" was made, they met and planned a documentary about ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Heo Chul
CAST:  Bong Joon-ho  •  Moon So-ri  •  Choi Min-sik  •  Lee Chang-dong

Kurosawa's Way (2011)

Eleven major film makers from Europe, America and Asia talk about Akira Kurosawa and discover surprising influences on their own work.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Catherine Cadou
CAST:  Clint Eastwood  •  Hayao Miyazaki  •  Bernardo Bertolucci  •  Martin Scorsese

Eleven major film makers from Europe, America and Asia talk about Akira Kurosawa and discover surprising influences on their own work.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Catherine Cadou
CAST:  Clint Eastwood  •  Hayao Miyazaki  •  Bernardo Bertolucci  •  Martin Scorsese

No Blood No Tears (2002)

Gyung-sun is a washed-up cab driver who has been trying to go straight after years in trouble with the law after being a big-time safecracker. Soo-jin wants to be a famous singer, but lives the life of a trophy girlfriend to her vicious gangster boyfriend. An ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ryoo Seung-wan
CAST:  Jeon Do-yeon  •  Lee Hye-young  •  Shin Goo  •  Jung Jae-young

Gyung-sun is a washed-up cab driver who has been trying to go straight after years in trouble with the law after being a big-time safecracker. Soo-jin wants to be a famous singer, but lives the life of a trophy girlfriend to her vicious gangster boyfriend. An ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ryoo Seung-wan
CAST:  Jeon Do-yeon  •  Lee Hye-young  •  Shin Goo  •  Jung Jae-young

Mother (2009)

A mother lives quietly with her son. One day, a girl is brutally killed, and the boy is charged with the murder. Now, it's his mother's mission to prove him innocent.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bong Joon-ho
CAST:  Kim Hye-ja  •  Won Bin  •  Jin Goo  •  Yoon Je-moon

A mother lives quietly with her son. One day, a girl is brutally killed, and the boy is charged with the murder. Now, it's his mother's mission to prove him innocent.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bong Joon-ho
CAST:  Kim Hye-ja  •  Won Bin  •  Jin Goo  •  Yoon Je-moon

Crush and Blush (2008)

With her frumpy hair, blushing face, and awkward mannerisms, Yang Mi Sook has spent her entire life being unnoticed. Nicknamed Miss Carrot, she diligently teaches Russian to high school students who don?t listen, and ceaselessly pines after colleague Seo, her crush ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lee Kyoung-mi
CAST:  Gong Hyo-jin  •  Lee Jong-hyuk  •  Hwang Woo-seul-hye  •  Bae Sung-woo

With her frumpy hair, blushing face, and awkward mannerisms, Yang Mi Sook has spent her entire life being unnoticed. Nicknamed Miss Carrot, she diligently teaches Russian to high school students who don?t listen, and ceaselessly pines after colleague Seo, her crush ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lee Kyoung-mi
CAST:  Gong Hyo-jin  •  Lee Jong-hyuk  •  Hwang Woo-seul-hye  •  Bae Sung-woo

Tokyo! (2008)

An anthology of three short films by Michel Gondry, Leos Carax, and Bong Joon-ho, each of whom offers an imaginative and trans-/super-natural glimpse into the Tokyo Megalopolis.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michel Gondry  •  Leos Carax  •  Bong Joon-ho
CAST:  Ayako Fujitani  •  Ryō Kase  •  Ayumi Ito  •  Satoshi Tsumabuki

An anthology of three short films by Michel Gondry, Leos Carax, and Bong Joon-ho, each of whom offers an imaginative and trans-/super-natural glimpse into the Tokyo Megalopolis.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michel Gondry  •  Leos Carax  •  Bong Joon-ho
CAST:  Ayako Fujitani  •  Ryō Kase  •  Ayumi Ito  •  Satoshi Tsumabuki

The Host (2006)

Following the dumping of gallons of toxic waste in the river, a giant mutated squid-like appears and begins attacking the populace. Gang-du's daughter Hyun-seo is snatched up by the creature; with his family to assist him, he sets off to find her.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bong Joon-ho
CAST:  Song Kang-ho  •  Park Hae-il  •  Bae Doo-na  •  Go Ah-sung

Following the dumping of gallons of toxic waste in the river, a giant mutated squid-like appears and begins attacking the populace. Gang-du's daughter Hyun-seo is snatched up by the creature; with his family to assist him, he sets off to find her.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bong Joon-ho
CAST:  Song Kang-ho  •  Park Hae-il  •  Bae Doo-na  •  Go Ah-sung

Influenza (2004)

The film starts with a man named Cho Hyuk-rae who has perched dangerously on top of the Han River Bridge. It is a sad picture of a man who has been caught unwittingly on a security camera. The camera continues to reveal the downward spiral of Cho and those of us ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bong Joon-ho
CAST:  Yoon Je-moon  •  Koh Soo-hee

The film starts with a man named Cho Hyuk-rae who has perched dangerously on top of the Han River Bridge. It is a sad picture of a man who has been caught unwittingly on a security camera. The camera continues to reveal the downward spiral of Cho and those of us ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bong Joon-ho
CAST:  Yoon Je-moon  •  Koh Soo-hee

Sink & Rise (2003)

Under the Sungsan Bridge, in a waterside stand by the Han River, a poor and tired-looking father and daughter, Jae-mun, and In-seon, are arguing the generation gap over whether to buy boiled eggs or instant crackers. The stand owner Hee-bong hears Jae-mun suddenly ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bong Joon-ho
CAST:  Byun Hee-bong  •  Jung In-sun  •  Yoon Je-moon

Under the Sungsan Bridge, in a waterside stand by the Han River, a poor and tired-looking father and daughter, Jae-mun, and In-seon, are arguing the generation gap over whether to buy boiled eggs or instant crackers. The stand owner Hee-bong hears Jae-mun suddenly ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bong Joon-ho
CAST:  Byun Hee-bong  •  Jung In-sun  •  Yoon Je-moon

The Clouzot Scandal (2017)

Great filmmakers claim the artistic influence of French director Henri-Georges Clouzot (1907-1977), a master of suspense, with a unique vision of the world, who knew how to offer both great shows and subtle studies of characters. Beyond the myth of the tyrannical ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Pierre-Henri Gibert
CAST:  Xavier Giannoli  •  Bernard Stora  •  Pascal Bonitzer  •  Bertrand Blier

Great filmmakers claim the artistic influence of French director Henri-Georges Clouzot (1907-1977), a master of suspense, with a unique vision of the world, who knew how to offer both great shows and subtle studies of characters. Beyond the myth of the tyrannical ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Pierre-Henri Gibert
CAST:  Xavier Giannoli  •  Bernard Stora  •  Pascal Bonitzer  •  Bertrand Blier

Okja (2017)

A young girl named Mija risks everything to prevent a powerful, multi-national company from kidnapping her best friend - a massive animal named Okja.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bong Joon-ho
CAST:  Tilda Swinton  •  Paul Dano  •  Ahn Seo-hyun  •  Jake Gyllenhaal

A young girl named Mija risks everything to prevent a powerful, multi-national company from kidnapping her best friend - a massive animal named Okja.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bong Joon-ho
CAST:  Tilda Swinton  •  Paul Dano  •  Ahn Seo-hyun  •  Jake Gyllenhaal

Parasite (2019)

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All unemployed, Ki-taek's family takes peculiar interest in the wealthy and glamorous Parks for their livelihood until they get entangled in an unexpected incident.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bong Joon-ho
CAST:  Song Kang-ho  •  Lee Sun-kyun  •  Cho Yeo-jeong  •  Choi Woo-shik

All unemployed, Ki-taek's family takes peculiar interest in the wealthy and glamorous Parks for their livelihood until they get entangled in an unexpected incident.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bong Joon-ho
CAST:  Song Kang-ho  •  Lee Sun-kyun  •  Cho Yeo-jeong  •  Choi Woo-shik

Incoherence (1994)

Three seemingly unrelated men commit petty crimes on the eve of an important televised discourse on social disorder in Korea.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bong Joon-ho
CAST:  Yun Il-Ju  •  Kim Roi-ha  •  Yoo Yeon-soo  •  Kim Seon-hwa

Three seemingly unrelated men commit petty crimes on the eve of an important televised discourse on social disorder in Korea.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bong Joon-ho
CAST:  Yun Il-Ju  •  Kim Roi-ha  •  Yoo Yeon-soo  •  Kim Seon-hwa

White Man (1994)

One day, W, a very run-of-the-mill, average middleclass man finds a severed index finger on his way to work. He is not curious about whom the finger belongs to or what accident caused it to be severed. To him, the finger is merely an interesting plaything. A little ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bong Joon-ho
CAST:  Kim Roi-ha  •  Ahn Nae-sang

One day, W, a very run-of-the-mill, average middleclass man finds a severed index finger on his way to work. He is not curious about whom the finger belongs to or what accident caused it to be severed. To him, the finger is merely an interesting plaything. A little ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bong Joon-ho
CAST:  Kim Roi-ha  •  Ahn Nae-sang

Memories in My Frame (1994)

A little boy comes home from school and hears his dog barking, or does he?  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bong Joon-ho
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A little boy comes home from school and hears his dog barking, or does he?  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bong Joon-ho
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