Chung Seokyung, born in 1975, went to the Seoul University to study philosophy but abandoned before long. She eventually decided to go to the Korea National University of Arts because, as she puts it, she didn’t want to inflict herself another national college entrance exam. Majoring in screenwriting, she was still a senior when her script titled Electricians was selected for a short film production grant from Kodak in 2002. After making her commercial debut with the screenplay for Family Matters (2005), she was contacted by none other than Park Chan-wook, who had been part of the jury that chose her project for the Kodak grant, and was asked to pen the screenplay for the director’s Thirst. That project being postponed, he decided instead to move forward with the final chapter in his Trilogy of Violence and put Chung in charge of writing the story, which would become Sympathy for Lady Vengeance (2005). Since then, Chung has been working almost exclusively with Park, with Thirst, which was eventually made in 2008, and The Handmaiden (2016) among her most notable contributions. She also contributed to Lee Kyoungmi’s The Truth Beneath (2015) and Lee Haeyoung’s Believer (2018), and delved into TV series with the script for Mother (2018). Most recently, she wrote Park’s Decision To Leave (2022) and the crime drama series Little Women (2022).
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