Lee Jung-gook

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Lee Jung-gook
Born (1957-08-20) August 20, 1957 (age 61)
South Korea
Occupation Film director,
Years active 1990–present
Korean name
Hangul 정국
Revised Romanization I Jeong-guk
McCune–Reischauer I Chŏng-kuk

Lee Jung-gook (born August 20, 1957) is a South Korean film director and screenwriter. Lee's feature debut Song of Resurrection (1990) was banned as its plot deals with the 1980 Gwangju Uprising. However, he won critical acclaim for his second feature The Story of Two Women (1994) by winning numerous awards at the 32nd Grand Bell Awards, including Best Film, Best New Director and Best New Actress, and Best New Director at the 14th Korean Association of Film Critics Awards in 1994. He proved his box office senses with The Letter (1997) that created a wave of melodrama in the Korean movie industry. A Thai version of The Letter was made in 2004, with the same title.[1][2]

Lee directed a wide spectrum of genres, from Blue (2003) that depicted a naval submarine and its submariners to a full-scale horror flick, Resurrection of the Butterfly (2007). However, his strength seems to be with melodrama that appeals to the audience's emotions.


  • Daydream (short film, 1984) - director, screenwriter, producer, editor
  • The Fire of Tandra (1984) - assistant director
  • I Stand Everyday (1990) - screenwriter
  • Song of Resurrection (1990) - director, screenwriter
  • Song of Resurrection (1993) - director, screenwriter
  • The Story of Two Women (1994) - director, script editor
  • The Man in the Sun (1994) - screenwriter
  • Channel 69 (1996) - director, script editor
  • The Letter (1997) - director, screenwriter
  • Promenade (2000) - director, screenwriter
  • Blue (2003) - director
  • Mandarin Ghost (short film, 2006) - director, music director, producer, screenwriter[3]
  • Resurrection of the Butterfly (2007) - director, script editor[4]



  1. ^ "LEE Jung-gook". Korean Film Biz Zone. Retrieved 2016-08-08. 
  2. ^ Edwards, Russell (26 October 2004). "Film Review: The Letter". Variety. Retrieved 2016-08-08. 
  3. ^ D'Sa, Nigel (5 June 2007). "YOO Ji-tae on Short Shorts Jury". Korean Film Biz Zone via Hancinema. Retrieved 2016-08-08. 
  4. ^ "11th PiFan Wraps With Awards". Hancinema. 20 July 2007. Retrieved 2016-08-08. 

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