Hong Sang-soo

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This is a Korean name; the family name is Hong.
Hong Sang-soo
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Hong Sang-soo on the set of Night and Day, 5 September 2007
Born (1961-10-25) October 25, 1961 (age 54)
Seoul, South Korea
Occupation Film director
Korean name
Revised Romanization Hong Sang-su
McCune–Reischauer Hong Sangsu

Hong Sang-soo (born October 25, 1961) is a South Korean film director and screenwriter.


Hong Sang-soo began his film career at Chung-Ang University in South Korea, before moving to the United States where he received his bachelor's degree from the California College of Arts and Crafts and his master's degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Hong made his official directorial debut at age 35 with The Day a Pig Fell into the Well in 1996. Praised by South Korean critics for its originality,[1] the film received several awards domestically and internationally, including three for best new director.

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,[2][3][4] the Berlin International Film Festival,[5] and other film festivals.

Notable among the awards Hong has received are the Prix Un Certain Regard at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival for Hahaha,[6] the Silver Leopard Award for Best Director at the 2013 Locarno International Film Festival for Our Sunhi,[7][8] and the top prize Golden Leopard at the 2015 Locarno International Film Festival for Right Now, Wrong Then.[9][10][11][12]


  • "Hong Sang-soo": Venice 70: Future Reloaded (홍 상수 베니스 70: 미래 리로디드) (short film, 2013)



  1. ^ Min, Eung-jun; Joo, Jin-sook; Kwak, Han-ju (2003). "5. Discourses of Modernity and Postmodernity in Contemporary Korean Cinema". Korean Film; History, Resistance, and Democratic Imagination. Westport, Connecticut and London: Praeger Publishers. p. 142. ISBN 0-275-95811-6. 
  2. ^ "Festival de Cannes: Hahaha". festival-cannes.com. Retrieved 2011-01-09. 
  3. ^ "Festival de Cannes: In Another Country". festival-cannes.com. Retrieved 2012-04-19. 
  4. ^ Lee, Claire (20 April 2012). "Im and Hong head to Cannes film fest". The Korea Herald. 
  5. ^ "First Films for the Competition and Berlinale Special". Berlinale. 13 December 2012. 
  6. ^ "Awards 2010". festival-cannes.com. Retrieved 2012-06-08. 
  7. ^ Jackson, Julie (18 August 2013). "Newsmaker: Hong Sang-soo wins Best Director at Locarno". The Korea Herald. 
  8. ^ "Hong Sang-soo Nabs Best Director Award at Locarno for Our Sunhi". The Chosun Ilbo. 19 August 2013. 
  9. ^ Lodge, Guy (15 August 2015). "Hong Sang-soo's Right Now, Wrong Then Takes Top Honors At Locarno". Variety. 
  10. ^ Kim, Bo-eun (16 August 2015). "Director Hong Sang-soo wins top honor at Locarno film festival". The Korea Times. 
  11. ^ Won, Ho-jung (17 August 2015). "Hong Sang-soo's new film wins at Locarno". The Korea Herald. 
  12. ^ "Hong Sang-soo Wins Top Prize in Locarno". The Chosun Ilbo. 17 August 2015. 
  13. ^ Beck, Una (24 May 2010). "INTERVIEW: Hong Sang-soo - Part 1". 10Asia. 
  14. ^ Beck, Una (24 May 2010). "INTERVIEW: Hong Sang-soo - Part 2". 10Asia. 
  15. ^ Beck, Una (24 May 2010). "INTERVIEW: Hong Sang-soo - Part 3". 10Asia. 
  16. ^ Beck, Una (7 September 2011). "INTERVIEW: Director Hong Sang-soo - Part 1". 10Asia. 
  17. ^ Beck, Una (7 September 2011). "INTERVIEW: Director Hong Sang-soo - Part 2". 10Asia. 
  18. ^ "In Another Country, both pitiable and charming, the 13th film from director HONG Sangsoo". Movieweek via Korean Film Council. 15 June 2012. 
  19. ^ Jung, Hyun-mok; Cho, Jae-eun (8 June 2012). "Deconstructing Hong: Master of complexity, contradiction in film". Korea JoongAng Daily. 


  • Kim, Kyung-hyun (2004). "7. New Korean Cinema Auteurs: Too Early/Too Late: Temporality and Repetition in Hong Sang-su's Films". The Remasculinization of Korean Cinema. Durham and London: Duke University Press. pp. 203–230. ISBN 0-8223-3267-1. 

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