Many of Hong's films have received critical acclaim for the director/screenwriter's portrayal and depictions of everyday human relationships. Although most of his works are not considered commercially successful, Hong is one of the most well-known Korean directors in the international film world, and his low budget arthouse films have screened in competition at the Cannes Film Festival, the Berlin International Film Festival, and other film festivals.
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