Kim Dae-seung

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Kim Dae-seung
Born (1967-06-18) June 18, 1967 (age 51)
South Korea
Education Chung-Ang University - Film Studies
Occupation Film director, screenwriter
Korean name
Revised Romanization Gim Dae-seung
McCune–Reischauer Kim Daesŭng

Kim Dae-seung (born June 18, 1967) is a South Korean film director and screenwriter.


After graduating from Chung-Ang University with a degree in Film Studies, Kim Dae-seung first honed his filmmaking skills as a protege of legendary Korean director Im Kwon-taek, working for almost ten years as Im's assistant director on major films such as Seopyeonje (1993), The Taebaek Mountains (1994), and Chunhyang (2000).

Kim made his directorial debut with Bungee Jumping of Their Own (2001), a melodrama about homosexuality and reincarnation. Despite its taboo subject, the film was received well by audiences and critics due to Kim's sensitive direction and the acting by leads Lee Byung-hun and Lee Eun-ju.[1][2]

He subsequently directed Blood Rain (2005), a mystery thriller set in the late Joseon Dynasty.[3] The surprise casting of Cha Seung-won (then-known for comedic roles)[4] and newcomer Park Yong-woo paid off, resulting in critical acclaim and an unexpectedly robust box office.[5] Blood Rain received multiple acting and technical nominations from local award-giving bodies, and won Best Film at the Chunsa Film Art Awards, the Baeksang Arts Awards, and the Yubari International Fantastic Film Festival.

Kim's third film was based on the true story of the 1995 collapse of Sampoong Department Store which claimed 502 lives and wounded 937.[6] Traces of Love (2006) explores the painful aftermath of trauma and loss, guilt and memory, against the backdrop of beautiful autumn scenery.[7][8] The melodrama starred Yoo Ji-tae, Kim Ji-soo and Uhm Ji-won, and was the opening film of the 11th Pusan International Film Festival.[9][10]

In 2011, Kim directed Q&A as part of If You Were Me 5, an omnibus commissioned by the National Human Rights Commission of Korea.[11] Starring television star Kim Hyun-joo, the short film denounced the collection and control of personal information that leads to sexual harassment in the Korean male-dominated workplace.[1][12]

Kim returned to feature filmmaking in 2012 with the erotic period drama The Concubine starring Jo Yeo-jeong, Kim Dong-wook and Kim Min-joon.[13][14] The film, which delves into sexual politics and its role in a power struggle within the royal court, was a hit following its early summer release.[1][15]



  1. ^ a b c "KIM Dai-seung". Korean Film Council. Retrieved 2012-12-17.
  2. ^ "'Bungee...' Screening Looks Back on Late actress". KBS Global. 16 February 2009. Retrieved 2012-12-17.
  3. ^ "K-FILM REVIEWS: 혈의 누 (Blood Rain)". Twitch Film. 12 September 2005. Retrieved 2012-12-17.
  4. ^ Min, Dong-yong (13 April 2005). "Dogged Cha Seung-won: Movie "Tears of Blood"". The Dong-a Ilbo. Retrieved 2012-12-17.
  5. ^ Park, Jeong-ho (10 May 2005). "Mixing compelling drama with history". Korea JoongAng Daily. Archived from the original on 27 January 2013. Retrieved 2012-12-17.
  6. ^ Yang, Sung-jin (23 October 2006). "'Traces of Love' tackles triangular theme involving tragic disaster". The Korea Herald via Hancinema. Retrieved 2012-12-17.
  7. ^ Kim, Hyun (12 October 2006). "PIFF gets off to tragic start with 'Traces of Love'". Yonhap. Retrieved 2012-12-17.[permanent dead link]
  8. ^ Park, Soo-mee (11 April 2007). "'Traces' humanizes a modern trauma". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2012-12-17.
  9. ^ "PIFF - (Opening Film) Trace of Love". The Korea Times via Hancinema. 11 October 2006. Retrieved 2012-12-17.
  10. ^ "Pusan film festival opens with 'Traces of Love'". The Hankyoreh. 12 October 2006. Retrieved 2012-12-17.
  11. ^ "If You Were Me 5 (2010)". The Chosun Ilbo. 29 April 2011. Retrieved 2012-12-17.
  12. ^ "If You Were Me 5". IndieStory. Retrieved 2012-12-17.
  13. ^ Kwaak, Je-yup (5 June 2012). "'No one can act against self-interest'". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2012-12-17.
  14. ^ Jung, Hyun-mok (22 June 2012). "Director says 'Concubine' sex scenes are complicated". Korea JoongAng Daily. Archived from the original on 21 February 2013. Retrieved 2012-12-17.
  15. ^ "Box office, June 1–15". Korean Film Council. 26 June 2012. Retrieved 2012-12-17.

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