Widely considered one of the giants of Korean cinema, Im Kwon-taek is a remarkably prolific director with 102 films to his name, encompassing genres including war, action and period films. His 1993 film Seopyeonjae was an enormous box office success, becoming the first Korean film to surpass one million admissions. Im has won numerous international awards, and has been twice nominated for the world’s leading festivals, the Cannes Palme d’Or (Painted Fire (2002), Chunhyangdyun (2000)), the Berlinale Golden Bear (Gilsoddeum (1986), Taebek sanmaek (1994)) and the Venice Golden Lion (Low Life (2004), The Surrogate Woman (1987)). He won Best Director at the Cannes Film Festival in 2002 for Painted Fire and in 2005 was awarded an honorary Golden Bear at the Berlinale for his lifetime achievements.
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