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), seemingly having the same 'lost innocence' theme as his former work, shoots fiery criticisms against the still-powerful remnants of the Korean military dictatorship regime. With "Oasis" (2002) Lee received countless awards, including the Special Director's Award at the Venice Film Festival. Since 2003, Lee worked as the Minister of Culture in the newly elected liberal national government.IMDb Mini Biography By: averroes
The retrospective viewing of Chang-dong Lee 's movies was organized as part of the official program during 2007 Golden Apricot International Film Festival held in Yerevan, Armenia.
Member of the jury at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in 2010.
(June 2003) Serving as Minister of Culture in Roh Moo-Hyun's government.
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