Hong Sang-soo

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Hong Sang-soo
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Hong Sang-soo on the set of Night and Day, 5 September 2007
Born (1960-10-25) October 25, 1960 (age 57)
Seoul, South Korea
Occupation Film director, screenwriter
Years active 1996–present
(m. 1985; sep. 2016)
Children 1
Korean name
Revised Romanization Hong Sang-su
McCune–Reischauer Hong Sangsu

Hong Sang-soo (born October 25, 1960) is a South Korean film director and screenwriter, as well as a professor at Konkuk University.


Hong Sang-soo began his film career at Chung-Ang University in South Korea, before moving to the United States where he received his bachelor's degree from the California College of Arts and Crafts and his master's degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.[3] Hong made his official directorial debut at age 35 with The Day a Pig Fell into the Well in 1996. Praised by South Korean critics for its originality,[4] the film received several awards domestically and internationally, including three for best new director.

Many of Hong's films have received critical acclaim for the director/screenwriter's portrayal and depictions of everyday human relationships. Although most of his works are not considered commercially successful, Hong is one of the most well-known Korean directors in the international film world, and his low budget arthouse films have screened in competition at the Cannes Film Festival,[5][6][7] the Berlin International Film Festival,[8] the Venice Film Festival, the Locarno Film Festival, and several other film festivals.

Notable among the awards Hong has received are the Prix Un Certain Regard at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival for Hahaha,[9] the Silver Leopard Award for Best Director at the 2013 Locarno International Film Festival for Our Sunhi,[10][11] and the top prize Golden Leopard at the 2015 Locarno International Film Festival for Right Now, Wrong Then.[12][13][14][15]

Personal life[edit]

Hong Sang-soo and Kim Min-hee admitted to their affair at a press conference.

In June 2016, Hong was reported to be having an extramarital affair with actress Kim Min-hee who appeared in the 2015 film Right Now, Wrong Then.[16] At the Seoul premiere of On the Beach at Night Alone in March 2017, Hong openly admitted his affair with the actress, who was also present.[17]




  1. ^ "Director Files for Divorce Over May-September Romance". Chosunilbo. 
  2. ^ "Director Hong Sang-soo fails to settle divorce, going to court". Hancinema.net. 
  3. ^ "Hong Sang-soo's Latest Film Featured in Variety". saic.edu. Retrieved 2017-12-27. 
  4. ^ Min, Eung-jun; Joo, Jin-sook; Kwak, Han-ju (2003). "5. Discourses of Modernity and Postmodernity in Contemporary Korean Cinema". Korean Film; History, Resistance, and Democratic Imagination. Westport, Connecticut and London: Praeger Publishers. p. 142. ISBN 0-275-95811-6. 
  5. ^ "Festival de Cannes: Hahaha". festival-cannes.com. Retrieved 2011-01-09. 
  6. ^ "Festival de Cannes: In Another Country". festival-cannes.com. Retrieved 2012-04-19. 
  7. ^ Lee, Claire (20 April 2012). "Im and Hong head to Cannes film fest". The Korea Herald. 
  8. ^ "First Films for the Competition and Berlinale Special". Berlinale. 13 December 2012. 
  9. ^ "Awards 2010". festival-cannes.com. Retrieved 2012-06-08. 
  10. ^ Jackson, Julie (18 August 2013). "Newsmaker: Hong Sang-soo wins Best Director at Locarno". The Korea Herald. 
  11. ^ "Hong Sang-soo Nabs Best Director Award at Locarno for Our Sunhi". The Chosun Ilbo. 19 August 2013. 
  12. ^ Lodge, Guy (15 August 2015). "Hong Sang-soo's Right Now, Wrong Then Takes Top Honors At Locarno". Variety. 
  13. ^ Kim, Bo-eun (16 August 2015). "Director Hong Sang-soo wins top honor at Locarno film festival". The Korea Times. 
  14. ^ Won, Ho-jung (17 August 2015). "Hong Sang-soo's new film wins at Locarno". The Korea Herald. 
  15. ^ "Hong Sang-soo Wins Top Prize in Locarno". The Chosun Ilbo. 17 August 2015. 
  16. ^ "Director Files for Divorce Over May-September Romance". Chosun Ilbo. Retrieved 2017-03-14. 
  17. ^ "Hong Sang-soo Speaks About Romance with Star". 2017-03-14. Retrieved 2017-03-14. 
  18. ^ Beck, Una (24 May 2010). "INTERVIEW: Hong Sang-soo - Part 1". 10Asia. 
  19. ^ Beck, Una (24 May 2010). "INTERVIEW: Hong Sang-soo - Part 2". 10Asia. 
  20. ^ Beck, Una (24 May 2010). "INTERVIEW: Hong Sang-soo - Part 3". 10Asia. 
  21. ^ Beck, Una (7 September 2011). "INTERVIEW: Director Hong Sang-soo - Part 1". 10Asia. 
  22. ^ Beck, Una (7 September 2011). "INTERVIEW: Director Hong Sang-soo - Part 2". 10Asia. 
  23. ^ "In Another Country, both pitiable and charming, the 13th film from director HONG Sangsoo". Movieweek via Korean Film Council. 15 June 2012. 
  24. ^ Jung, Hyun-mok; Cho, Jae-eun (8 June 2012). "Deconstructing Hong: Master of complexity, contradiction in film". Korea JoongAng Daily. Archived from the original on 10 June 2012. 
  25. ^ "Short Teaser Trailer for Hong Sang-soo's 'Grass' Playing at Berlinale". FIRSTSHOWING.NET. 1 February 2018. 


  • Kim, Kyung-hyun (2004). "7. New Korean Cinema Auteurs: Too Early/Too Late: Temporality and Repetition in Hong Sang-su's Films". The Remasculinization of Korean Cinema. Durham and London: Duke University Press. pp. 203–230. ISBN 0-8223-3267-1. 

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