PARK CHAN-WOOK (Directed by) is a Korean film director, screenwriter, producer
and former film critic who has emerged as one of the most significant talents in cinema in recent
years. He is best known for his films JOINT SECURITY AREA, THIRST and what has become
known as 'The Vengeance Trilogy' consisting of SYMPATHY FOR MR. VENGEANCE,
OLDBOY and LADY VENGEANCE.
Director Park's incredibly diverse body of work has garnered recognition in his homeland
as well as from a number of leading international film festivals. Most recently his short film
NIGHT FISHING, shot entirely with Apple's iPhone, won the Golden Bear (Short Film) at the
2011 Berlin Film Festival. In 2009, Director Park received worldwide attention for his vampire
thriller THIRST, which earned him the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival. This monumental
film was the first Korean film ever to secure North American distribution rights and Hollywood
studio investment at the production stage. LADY VENGEANCE was awarded the Cinema
Avvenire and Il Leoncino d'Oro awards in competition at the 2005 Venice Film Festival. This
was preceded by OLDBOY, which won the prestigious Grand Prix at the 2004 Cannes Film
Director Park's interest in film began in college as a philosophy student at Sogang
University where he founded a film club and developed a strong interest in film theory and
criticism. His film JOINT SECURITY AREA became the biggest box office hit in the history of
Korean cinema at the time of its release (since then, the record has been passed onto other films).
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