October 12, 1972
Busan, South Korea
|Occupation||Film director, music video director|
Ahn Jun-hee (안준희; born October 12, 1972), known professionally as Joseph Kahn, is a Korean American film and music video director. Kahn has worked with various artists such as U2, Lady Gaga, Shakira, Aaliyah, Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Mariah Carey, Christina Aguilera, 50 Cent, Britney Spears, Taylor Swift, Eminem, Janet Jackson, Maroon 5, and Katy Perry, and recently directed four Taylor Swift's music videos.
Kahn was born Ahn Jun-hee (Hangul: 안준희) in Busan, South Korea. His family moved to Jersey Village, Texas, a suburb of Houston, when Joseph was three. After graduating from Jersey Village High School in 1990, Kahn went to New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. He later dropped out after one year to direct music videos.
Music video career
In 1999, Kahn started his own production company with Chris Lee, SuperMega Media, which is housed under HSI Productions. Kahn has worked with diverse artists such as Lady Gaga, Shakira, Aaliyah, Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, DMX, Backstreet Boys, Mariah Carey, Jordin Sparks, Christina Aguilera, 50 Cent, Britney Spears, Destiny's Child, Kelly Clarkson, Taylor Swift, Muse, Ciara, Monica, Courtney Love, Rob Zombie, U2, The Chemical Brothers, Blink 182, Chris Brown, Eminem, TLC, Ashlee Simpson, Moby, Kesha, George Michael, Korn, The Black Eyed Peas, Janet Jackson, BoA, Gwen Stefani, Brandy, AKB48, Pussycat Dolls, Sun Ho, Kylie Minogue, Maroon 5, Katy Perry, and many more.
Kahn has collected multiple Music Video Production awards. He has won several MTV Video Music Awards with nominations for Best Video of the Year for Brandy & Monica "The Boy Is Mine", Britney Spears "Toxic", Chris Brown "Forever", the Pussycat Dolls "When I Grow Up", Eminem "We Made You", Britney Spears "Womanizer", and Eminem "Love the Way You Lie".
In 2002, Kahn won his first Grammy for Eminem's "Without Me" video which also won the MTV VMA's Best Video of the Year, as well as Best Direction. His video for Katy Perry "Waking Up In Vegas" won the MVPA 2009 Best Video of the Year.
Kahn's usage of Japanese pop culture in music videos first began with Janet Jackson's "Doesn't Really Matter" video. The video was also the most expensive video Kahn has directed and is among the most expensive of all time, costing over $2.5 million.
In 2014, Kahn was given The Icon Award by the UK Music Video Awards.
In 2015, Kahn directed MTV's choices for Video of the Year, Best Pop Video, Best Female Video, and Best Collaboration for multiple videos from Taylor Swift's 1989 album. He won the Grammy Award for Best Music Video of 2015 for Taylor Swift's "Bad Blood" ft. Kendrick Lamar.
Kahn has directed commercials for Acura, Bacardi, BMW, Hewlett Packard, Gillette, Vodafone, Budweiser, ASICS, Renault, Mazda, Coors Light, NASCAR, Saab, Ford and PlayStation. His Fox/NASCAR campaign won a 2004 Clio for visual effects and most recently the seventh season promo of long running ABC show Desperate Housewives. In 2011, he launched an Old Navy music video style campaign which garnered over a million YouTube hits in the first week. He featured Bruce Lee using computer-generated imagery in an advertisement for Johnnie Walker.
Kahn also directed the 2004 action film Torque starring Ice Cube. In May 2007 it was announced that he would direct an adaptation of William Gibson's science fiction classic, Neuromancer for producer Peter Hoffman. On May 7, 2010 Fangoria reported that Vincenzo Natali, the director of Cube and Splice, had taken over directing duties and will also rewrite the screenplay. In 2010 Kahn directed the low-budget, self-financed horror comedy Detention. After winning a number of audience favorite awards on the film festival circuit, Detention was picked up for theatrical distribution by Sony for a release in 2012.
- Torque (2004) - Director
- Detention (2011) - Screenwriter and director
- Power/Rangers (short) (2015) - Screenwriter and director
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- Han, Brian (November 24, 2014). "Taylor Swift 'Blank Space' director Joseph Kahn digs deep into Korean roots". The Korea Times. Retrieved June 17, 2015.
- Yun, Hyeon-jin (윤현진) (June 16, 2009). "Joseph Kahn: "Korea should be proud of BoA" (interview) [조셉칸 "한국은 보아를 자랑스러워하라" (인터뷰)]" (in Korean). Newsen. Retrieved June 17, 2015.
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- Gingold, Michael. "Natali takes "NEUROMANCER" for the big screen". Fangoria.com. Retrieved 2010-05-07.
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