|Born||20 December 1960|
Bonghwa, South Korea
|Died||11 December 2020 (aged 59)|
|Revised Romanization||Gim Gideok|
His major festival awards include the Golden Lion at 69th Venice International Film Festival for Pietà, a Silver Lion for Best Director at 61st Venice International Film Festival for 3-Iron, a Silver bear for Best Director at 54th Berlin International Film Festival for Samaritan Girl, and the Un Certain Regard prize at 2011 Cannes Film Festival for Arirang. His most widely known feature is Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring (2003), included in film critic Roger Ebert's Great Movies. Two of his films served as official submissions for the Academy Award for Best International Feature Film as South Korean entries. He gave scripts to several of his former assistant directors including Juhn Jai-hong (Beautiful and Poongsan) and Jang Hoon (Rough Cut).
Kim Ki-duk was born on 20 December 1960 in Bonghwa, North Gyeongsang Province, South Korea. In 1990 he went to Paris to study fine arts, but instead he spent two years working there on the streets as a portrait painter.
After returning to South Korea, Kim began his career as a screenwriter and won the first prize in a scenario contest held by the Korean Film Council in 1995. In the following year, Kim made his debut as a director with a low budget movie titled Crocodile (1996). The film received sensational reviews from movie critics in South Korea. Ki-duk said that his international breakthrough occurred with The Isle at the Toronto International Film Festival. His 2000 film Real Fiction was entered into the 23rd Moscow International Film Festival.
In 2003, Ki-duk released Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... And Spring. The film was praised by numerous critics, including critic Peter Bradshaw, who considered the film to be his masterpiece and one of the great works of modern Korean cinema. "A potent and enigmatic parable which manages to be both serene and gripping at the same time [...] It is that rarest of things - a genuinely spiritual film." The film work is included in critic Roger Ebert's Great Movies.
In 2004, he received Best Director awards at two different film festivals, for two different films. At the Berlin International Film Festival, he was awarded for Samaritan Girl (2004), and at the Venice Film Festival he won for 3-Iron (also 2004). In 2011, his documentary film Arirang received an award for best film in the Un Certain Regard category from the Cannes Film Festival. In 2012, his film Pietà received the Golden Lion award at the Venice Film Festival. In 2015, it was announced in Beijing at the Asian Brilliant Stars, a section of the upcoming Berlin International Film Festival that Kim would direct his largest budget to date film Who Is God? Kim is in talks to cast Liu Yi-Fei. Who Is God is being produced by Hollywood producers Stephen Castor and Jim Rygiel (3 Time Academy Award Winner)under the banner of their production company Its Just Us Productions, along with Chinese production company Film Carnival (Hangzhou. The film will be financed by CITIC Guoan, Huafeng Investment Consultation and Its Just Us Productions, (China Daily News).
Assault and rape allegations
In August 2017 an actress referred to as "Actress "A" by prosecutors filed a complaint against Kim Ki-duk through Seoul Central District Prosecutor's Office. In the complaint actress accused Kim of slapping her face and forcing her to do an unscripted sex scene on the set of his film Moebius. In December 2017 Seoul Central District Prosecutor's Office fined Kim Ki-duk for $4,450 (KRW 5 million) for physical assault but didn't charge him otherwise citing lack of physical evidence.
On March 6, 2018 Korean TV channel MBC's investigative report show "PD Notebook" aired an episode titled "Movie director Kim Ki-duk, Master's Naked Face" with more accusations from Actress A and two others (Actress B and C as they mentioned in the show). Actresses accused Kim and his frequent collaborator, actor Cho Jae-hyun of verbal and physical sexual harassment and rape. In response Kim filed false accusation and defamation suits against the accusers and "PD Notebook".
After that on August 7, 2018 MBC aired second episode of "PD Notebook" show "Master's Naked Face. Aftermath" with more accusations from other actresses and staff members against Kim and Cho. In that episode journalists interviewed a Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency's Special Investigation Unit on Sexual Violence official about the cases. The official explained that the police approached the survivors and established the facts behind accusations but could not indict actor Cho and director Kim because of expired statute of limitation.
In January 2019 Seoul Central District Prosecutor’s Office decided to drop the criminal lawsuits filed by Kim Ki-duk against actresses and "PD Notebook" because "there was neither proof that actress’ initial accusation was false, nor was there evidence that the news show had been programmed with the purpose of defamation".
In March 2019 Kim Ki-duk filed another lawsuit in civil court against Actress A and "PD Notebook" seeking $885,740 (KRW 1 billion) in damages. The lawsuit was ruled by court in defendants' favor on October 28, 2020. The court also ordered Kim to pay legal fees for the defendants.
On 11 December 2020, Kim died from complications caused by COVID-19 during the COVID-19 pandemic in Latvia at the age of 59, nine days before his 60th birthday, in Latvia, where he had traveled in November 2020.
|Bad Guy ||Yes||Yes|
|2002||The Coast Guard||Yes||Yes|
|2003||Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring||Yes||Yes||Yes||"He also acts a major role (as the Adult Monk)"|
|2011||Arirang||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Dramatic documentary about himself|
|Amen||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Appears as "Masked Man"|
|2014||One on One||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Made in China||Yes||Yes|
|2018||Human, Space, Time and Human||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|2004||54th Berlin International Film Festival||Silver Bear (Best Director)||Samaritan Girl||Won|||
|61st Venice Film Festival||Silver Lion (Best Director)||3-Iron||Won|||
|2011||Cannes Film Festival||Un Certain Regard Prize||Arirang||Won|||
|2012||Küstendorf Film and Music Festival||"Award for Future Movies"||Pietà||Won|||
|69th Venice Film Festival||Golden Lion||Won|||
|2014||71st Venice Film Festival||The Venice Days Best Film Award||One on One||Won|||
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