Yoon Jong-bin

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Yoon Jong-bin
Born (1979-12-20) December 20, 1979 (age 39)
EducationChung-Ang University - Filmmaking
OccupationFilm director, screenwriter
Korean name
Revised RomanizationYun Jong-bin
McCune–ReischauerYun Jongbin

Yoon Jong-bin (born December 20, 1979) is a South Korean film director.


Yoon Jong-bin's Chung-Ang University graduation thesis film was The Unforgiven, which portrayed masculine codes in the Korean military with honesty and sensitivity. And despite its rough edges due to technical limitations and a low budget, the film was a smash hit at the 2005 Busan International Film Festival and won several awards, including the NETPAC. It went on to travel to a number of festivals, winning awards and international critical acclaim.[1][2]

His sophomore effort Beastie Boys (also known as The Moonlight of Seoul) showed another side of men -- male hosts who serve female clients in discreet salons tucked into the affluent fashion districts of southern Seoul.[3][2]

In his third film Nameless Gangster: Rules of the Time, Yoon tackled corruption among prosecutors and customs officers and their collusion with the mob in 1980-1990s Busan.[4][5] Unlike his first two films, Yoon's gangster saga was popular at the box office and became one of the biggest domestic hits of 2012.[6][7]

Yoon further explored the themes of injustice and violence in his fourth film Kundo: Age of the Rampant, a tale of 19th-century Joseon bandits who waged war against the nobility and corrupt government officials.[8] When asked where he drew his inspiration from, Yoon answered, "I tapped into movies that I used to love as a child. Rather than making an intellectual film, I wanted to get hearts racing."[9] By not giving the protagonist "hero-like characteristics," Yoon said he wanted to say through the film that "it is not the special or talented people, but very ordinary people who can change the world, especially when gathered en masse."[10]

Yoon has worked with close friend and fellow Chung-Ang University alumnus Ha Jung-woo in all four of his features.



Year Award Category Nominated work Results Ref.
2018 26th Korea Culture and Entertainment Awards Best Director The Spy Gone North Won [11]
2018 Korea Best Star Awards Director Award Won [12]


  1. ^ Kim, Kyu Hyun. "The Unforgiven". Koreanfilm.org. Retrieved 2012-06-24.
  2. ^ a b D'Sa, Nigel (22 April 2008). "YOON's Moonlight of Seoul to open May 1st". Korean Film Biz Zone. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
  3. ^ "K-FILM REVIEWS: 비스티 보이즈 (The Moonlight of Seoul)". Twitch Film. 30 July 2008. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
  4. ^ Jung, Hyun-mok (17 February 2012). "Controversial director tackles corruption in Nameless Gangster". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
  5. ^ Templin, Jacob (10 April 2012). "Nameless Gangster: The Korean Mob Film Scorsese Would Be Proud Of". Time. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
  6. ^ "Nameless Gangster Emerging as Hottest Korean Movie of the Year". The Chosun Ilbo. 29 February 2012. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
  7. ^ Hong, Lucia (9 April 2012). "Korean movies notch up higher number in 1Q ticket sales". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
  8. ^ Jang, Sung-ran (7 August 2014). "In Kundo, Yoon aimed to entertain". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2014-08-08.
  9. ^ Sunwoo, Carla (13 June 2014). "Chemistry for Ha, Kang in Kundo". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2014-06-20.
  10. ^ Ahn, Sung-mi (20 July 2014). "Herald Review: No heroes in hero flick Kundo". The Korea Herald. Retrieved 2014-07-22.
  11. ^ "2018년 제 26회 "대한민국 문화연예대상" 성황리 개최". NB News (in Korean). November 29, 2018.
  12. ^ "이순재·김윤석·장동건·수애, 베스트 주연상 수상..12일 시상식 [공식입장]". Osen (in Korean). December 12, 2018.

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