Bong Joon Ho was born on September 14, 1969 in Daegu, South Korea. He is a writer and director, known for Okja (2017), Parasite (2019) and Snowpiercer (2013).
Trade Mark (5)
Long takes with many events happening on-screen and the camera being able to capture all of them.
As one event is happening on screen, another occurs in the background that diverts the audience's attention.
Displays strong subject matter while often filled with black humor
Socially and politically conscious films
Bold, saturated colours in his movies.
Personal Quotes (6)
It's fun for me to bury my political and social comments here and there in a film.
In today's capitalistic society there are ranks and castes that are invisible to the eye. We keep them disguised and out of sight and superficially look down on class hierarchies as a relic of the past, but the reality is that there are class lines that cannot be crossed. I think that this film (Parasite, 2019) depicts the inevitable cracks that appear when two classes brush up against each other in today's increasingly polarized society.
My movies are based in genre, which is a universal language. Everybody speaks it.
[on Parasite (2019)] I just hope that it gives audiences a lot to think about. It is in parts funny, frightening and sad, and if it makes viewers feel like sharing a drink and talking over all the ideas they had while watching it, I'll wish for nothing more.
I was just a shy, naive 12-year-old cinema fan when I decided to become a director. I never imagined that the day I'd hold this trophy (Palme d'Or) would come. Merci.
[press conference for Parasite (2019) at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival] I view myself as a genre film director. I do make genre films, but I don't like to follow the conventional codes for genre films. I try to convey messages about society through these broken codes, and this time I'm very pleased indeed to have been able to make the film with these fabulous actors. We have all these very peculiar stories which I love and which are portrayed by the various actors. I think we've obtained a very, very satisfying result and I'd like to thank all the actors up here with me.