Bong Joon Ho

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Bong Joon Ho was born on September 14, 1969 in Daegu, South Korea. He is a writer and director, known for Okja (2017), Snowpiercer (2013) and The Host (2006). See full bio »

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Through films like Okja, Snowpiercer, and Parasite, director Bong Joon Ho has dazzled audiences with his unique knack for blending genres to tell layered, one-of-a-kind stories.

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Won 3 Oscars. Another 145 wins & 121 nominations. See more awards »


Known For

Okja Writer
Snowpiercer Writer
The Host Writer


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 2019 Parasite (screenplay) / (story)
 2017 Okja (screenplay by) / (story by)
 2014 Sea Fog (screenplay)
 2013 Snowpiercer (screen story) / (screenplay)
 2009 Mother (screenplay) / (story)
 2008 Tokyo! (writer)
 2006 The Host (screenplay)
 2003 Memories of Murder (writer)
 1999 Phantom: The Submarine (writer)
 1997 Motel Cactus
 1994 Incoherence (Short)
 1994 Memories in My Frame (Short)
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Alternate Names:

Bong Joon-Ho | Bong Joon-ho


5' 11¾" (1.82 m)

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[Cannes press conference for Parasite (2019), asked about rapid changes of tone in the film] I work a lot on my storyboard but I don't necessarily think specifically about that i.e., at this point in time it's going to be comedy, at the next moment it's going to be drama. I follow my instinct when I'm shooting - I don't calculate everything in detail i.e., will the gin & tonic be made with 40 per... See more »


He bought his first video camera with savings from selling doughnuts at a school cafeteria. "I still remember sleeping at night hugging the Hitachi camera," Bong said. While studying sociology at Yonsei University in Seoul, he co-founded a filmmaking club named Yellow Door with students from neighboring universities, where he made his first short films. To make a living, he shot wedding videos. [... See more »


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