Kim Tae-yong

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Kim Tae-yong
Kim Tae-Yong.jpg
Born (1969-12-09) December 9, 1969 (age 49)
EducationYonsei University - Politics and Diplomacy
Korean Academy of Film Arts - Filmmaking
OccupationFilm director, screenwriter
Years active1998–present
Tang Wei (m. 2014)
Korean name
Revised RomanizationGim Tae-yong
McCune–ReischauerKim T'aeyong

Kim Tae-yong (born December 9, 1969) is a South Korean film director and screenwriter. After his feature directorial debut Memento Mori (1999), he helmed the critically acclaimed Family Ties (2006), and the English-language remake Late Autumn (2010).


Although he initially wanted to pursue writing, Kim Tae-yong eventually graduated from Yonsei University in 1994 with a major in Politics and Diplomacy. He first became involved in Korean cinema through a friend, who was an assistant director of an independent production. Inspired by the vibrant atmosphere that came with working on a set, Kim then enrolled at the Korean Academy of Film Arts (KAFA) in 1996. He met and became friends with fellow director Min Kyu-dong while at KAFA, where he and his classmates would work on short films as a part of the crew and doing lighting. In 1999, Kim and Min received the offer to direct Memento Mori as a sequel to the horror film Whispering Corridors (1998), and so began Kim’s foray into commercial cinema.

In some ways, Memento Mori might be considered the most influential Korean horror film of the 2000s. Although it was not a box-office hit, the film is frequently cited by young filmmakers and cinema fans as a modern-day classic. At the time of its release and in the intervening years, most critics tended to focus their attention on the other of Memento Mori's co-directors, Min Kyu-dong, however the release of Family Ties in spring 2006 established Kim as a highly regarded filmmaker in his own right. His intimate portrayal of a totally unconventional but non-dysfunctional family garnered multiple domestic and international awards.[1][2]

Kim's third feature film Late Autumn was a remake of Lee Man-hee's 1966 classic Manchu set in Seattle.[3][4][5] It was also critically acclaimed and became the highest-grossing Korean film in China.[6]

Kim then joined the restoration project and re-directed Crossroads of Youth (1934) by "performing" Korea’s oldest known silent film with live narration (by the byeonsa) and musical accompaniment.[7][8]

Apart from his feature films, Kim has been active in a variety of creative endeavors, from hosting a cinema-themed TV show on EBS to directing plays, shooting documentaries and making cameo appearances (both times as a film director) in the films All for Love (2005) by Min Kyu-dong and Family Matters (2006) by Nam Seon-ho.

Personal life[edit]

Kim married Chinese actress Tang Wei on July 12, 2014, in the front yard of the home of film legend Ingmar Bergman on the remote Swedish island of Fårö.[9][10][11][12][13] A formal wedding ceremony was later held in Hong Kong, with only immediate family members as guests.[14][15][16] The couple first met in 2009 when he directed her in the film Late Autumn, and began dating in October 2013 after Tang shot a commercial in Korea.[17][18][19][20] This is the second marriage for Kim; he and his first wife divorced in 2011.[21]





  • Family Matters (2006) cameo
  • All for Love (2005) cameo
  • Camellia Project: Three Queer Stories at Bogil Island (2005) cameo


  • 155 Mile (2007)
  • Under Construction (2006)



Assistant director[edit]

  • Jury (2013)


Crew member[edit]


  • Cinema Paradiso (EBS, 1994) host


  • 매혹 "Fascination" (2004) director

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2000 Baeksang Arts Awards Best New Director
Memento Mori
2001 Fantasporto International Fantasy Film Award Nominated
Paris Film Festival Grand Prix Nominated
Slamdance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize Nominated
2006 Busan Film Critics Awards Best Screenplay
Family Ties
Best Director Won
Korean Association of Film Critics Awards Best Film Won
Thessaloniki International Film Festival[26] Jameson Audience Award Won
Best Screenplay Won
Golden Alexander (Best Feature Film) Won
Blue Dragon Film Awards[27] Best Screenplay Nominated
Best Director Won
Best Film Nominated
Korean Film Awards Best Screenplay Nominated
Best Director Nominated
Best Film Nominated
2007 Baeksang Arts Awards Best Screenplay Nominated
Best Director Nominated
Grand Bell Awards[28] Best Screenplay Won
Best Director Nominated
Best Film Won
Deauville Asian Film Festival Lotus Jury Prize Won
Movie Day Promising Director Won
Ministry of Culture and Tourism Young Artist of Today Award Won
2011 Fribourg International Film Festival[29] Ex-Change Award by Youth Jury
Late Autumn
Special Mention of the Jury of the
International Federation of Film Societies
Buil Film Awards Best Director Won
Grand Bell Awards Best Director Nominated
Busan Film Critics Awards[30] Best Film Won
Korea Green Foundation[31] Green Santa Award N/A Won


  1. ^ Paquet, Darcy (23 May 2007). "An Interview with Kim Tae-yong". Retrieved 2012-11-19.
  2. ^ "TORONTO '06 DISCOVERY INTERVIEW: Kim Tae-yong: "I am curious to see the reaction of a foreign audience"". IndieWire. 9 September 2006. Retrieved 2012-11-27.
  3. ^ Huh, Nam-woong (10 February 2011). ""For a sense of Asian Cinema"". Korean Film Council. Retrieved 2012-11-19.
  4. ^ Beck, Una (25 February 2011). "INTERVIEW: Director Kim Tae-yong - Part 1". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-11-19.
  5. ^ Beck, Una (25 February 2011). "INTERVIEW: Director Kim Tae-yong - Part 2". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-11-19.
  6. ^ Hwang, Hei-rim (13 April 2012). "Late Autumn becomes the all-time highest grossing Korean film in China". Korean Cinema Today. Retrieved 2012-11-19.
  7. ^ Kwon, Mee-yoo (30 May 2012). "Korea's oldest silent film revived". The Korea Times. Archived from the original on 14 August 2012. Retrieved 2012-11-19.
  8. ^ Lee, Claire (12 March 2012). "Silent film narrator returns to modern stage". The Korea Herald. Retrieved 2012-11-19.
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  10. ^ "Tang Wei and Korean director get hitched in Sweden". The Korea Times. 24 July 2014. Retrieved 2014-07-26.
  11. ^ Chen, Angela (25 July 2014). "Lust, Caution actress Tang marries in Sweden". Associated Press. Retrieved 2014-07-26.
  12. ^ Ock, Hyun-ju (25 July 2014). "Director Kim Tae-yong, Tang Wei elope in Sweden". The Korea Herald. Retrieved 2014-07-26.
  13. ^ "Lust, Caution star Tang Wei weds at Ingmar Bergman's house". The Straits Times. 25 July 2014. Retrieved 2014-07-26.
  14. ^ "Chinese actress, Korean director had formal wedding in Hong Kong: agency". Yonhap. 19 August 2014. Retrieved 2014-08-19.
  15. ^ "Tang Wei and Kim Tae-yong marry". The Korea Herald. 19 August 2014. Retrieved 2014-08-19.
  16. ^ "Tang Wei's Wedding Pictures Revealed". The Chosun Ilbo. 20 August 2014. Retrieved 2014-08-20.
  17. ^ Kwaak, Jeyup S. (2 July 2014). "Tang Wei to Marry Korean Director Kim". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 2014-07-03.
  18. ^ Ahn, Sung-mi (2 July 2014). "Tang Wei to tie knot with Korean filmmaker this fall". The Korea Herald. Retrieved 2014-07-03.
  19. ^ Jin, Eun-soo (3 July 2014). "Tang Wei, Kim Tae-yong to tie the knot". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2014-07-03.
  20. ^ Conran, Pierce (3 July 2014). "KIM Tae-yong and TANG Wei to Tie the Knot". Korean Film Council. Retrieved 2014-07-04.
  21. ^ "China's Tang Wei to Marry Korean Director". The Chosun Ilbo. 3 July 2014. Retrieved 2014-07-03.
  22. ^ "제10회 서울환경영화제 '10주년영상'". Green Film Festival in Seoul. 10 May 2013. Retrieved 2013-05-12.
  23. ^ Lee, Eun-sun (7 May 2013). "KIM Tae-yong Directs Video to Celebrate 10th Green Film Festival in Seoul". Korean Film Council. Retrieved 2013-05-12.
  24. ^ Adams, Mark (19 March 2012). "Beautiful 2012". Screen International. Retrieved 2012-11-19.
  25. ^ "Stars Shoot to Promote Green Film Festival". KBS Global. 23 April 2009. Retrieved 2012-11-19.
  26. ^ "The Awards of the 47th Thessaloniki International Film Festival". 26 November 2006. Retrieved 2012-11-19.
  27. ^ "The 27th Blue Dragon Awards". The Korea Society. Archived from the original on 2012-08-04. Retrieved 2012-07-01.
  28. ^ Noh, Jean (9 June 2007). "Family Ties, The Host triumph at Korea's Grand Bell awards". Screen International. Retrieved 2012-11-19.
  29. ^ Lee, Hyo-won (29 March 2011). "Late Autumn picks up awards at Fribourg Fest". The Korea Times. Archived from the original on 14 July 2014. Retrieved 2012-11-19.
  30. ^ Kim, Jessica (2 December 2011). "Late Autumn to take best pic for Busan critics award". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-11-19.
  31. ^ "Charity Night 2011 'Green is Love'". Korea Green Foundation. 8 December 2011. Archived from the original on 14 July 2014. Retrieved 2012-11-19.

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