Best South Korean Directors

South Korean film industry is one of the top 5 film industries in the whole world! It is astonishing and beautiful because of great actors, great actresses and, of course, because of brilliant and visionary directors & screenwriters.

I listed 45 names here, most of them also being screenwriters. The first six listed here are among the 100 directors of all time and I think my conclusions are objective!

My basic criterion was that they must have made at least 2 great (or very good) films, and the majority of them have made even more than two.

My other lists:

Best South Korean Actors

Most Handsome South Korean Actors

Most Prettiest South Korean Actresses

Best South Korean Actresses
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Ki-duk Kim
He studied fine arts in Paris in 1990-1992. In 1993 he won the award for Best Screenplay from the Educational Institute of Screenwriting with "A Painter and A Criminal Condemned to Death". After two more screenplay awards, he made his directorial debut with Crocodile. Then he went on to direct Wild Animals...
 
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Chang-dong Lee
Writer, Shi
Lee Chang-Dong was born in 1954 in Daegu, which some consider the most right-wing city in South Korea. Lee is a former high-school teacher and an acclaimed novelist. He turned to cinema when he was over 40 years old. His debut film "Green Fish" (1997) brought immediate success and critical acclaim. "Peppermint Candy" (2000)...
 
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Kwon-taek Im
Director, Painted Fire
Born in Changsong, Cheollanam-do, 2 May 1936. He grew up in the southern city Kwangju, where he completed senior high school. His family suffered considerable hardships and losses in the Korean War, so he had to move to Pusan in search of work: he was a labourer before trying to start a business recycling US Army boots into shoes...
 
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Sang-ok Shin
Shin alleged that he and his wife were kidnapped from their native South Korea in the late 1970s and held for several years in North Korea to make movies for Kim Jong Il, son of the N. Korean leader. Shin Sang-ok sought asylum in the United States in 1986 shortly before the film "Pulgasary" was finished. The couple were granted refuge in the United States.
 
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Hong-jin Na
Writer, The Chaser
Na Hong-jin born in 1974 is a South Korean film director and screenwriter. His debut film The Chaser (2008) won Best Director at the 45th Grand Bell Awards in 2008. The film also won the award for Best Film. His follow up film, The Yellow Sea, was released in South Korea on December 15, 2010. It is scheduled to be screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival.
 
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Ki-young Kim
Director, Hanyo
 
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Je-kyu Kang
Director Je-Kyu Kang was born in South Korea. Before directing his hit film Swiri pronounced "Shee Rhee", Kang nearly gave up the film business. After struggling for many years, he has finally become one of the premier directors in South Korea.
 
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Woo-Suk Kang
Producer, Silmido
 
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Hae-sung Song
Director, Pairan
 
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John H. Lee
John H. Lee's films are imbued with top-notch cosmopolitan sensibilities. He has become one of the most sought after directors in all of East Asia and is a member of the rising generation of international directors from the region, having both a distinct voice as an auteur and wide commercial appeal with diverse genres of films...
 
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Jin-ho Hur
Born in 1963 in Jeonju, South Korea, Jin-ho Hur graduated from the Korean Academy of Film Arts. His first steps as a film director did not go unnoticed as his first short, 'For Kochal", was selected for The Vancouver International Film Festival. He later co-wrote the script of "A Single Spark" and "Kilimanjaro"...
 
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Sang-soo Im
Director, Hanyo
 
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Jang-ho Lee
Did work 8 years with director Shin Sang-Ok. Founded his own production company PAN film in 1986.
 
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In-ho Yun
Director, Deo ge-im