Kim Hyunseok is a cinematographer born in 1977. Growing up in Seoul, he performed in band and completed two years of military service before enrolling in the Korean National University of Arts in filmmaking. His first role was as a lighting grip on the popular Korean horror movie A Tale of Two Sisters (2003) and shot more than 20 short films that screened at festivals and won awards including Light My Fire (2007), which was shown at the Berlin International Film Festival, and which won awards for its cinematography. His professor was Lee Chang-dong and through him he began working on feature films including Ounie Lecomte’s APSA-winning A Brand New Life (2009) and then Lee’s own Poetry (2010). That film was an international success winning two APSA, two Asian Film Awards, and two awards from the Cannes Film Festival. Kim’s work garnered several award nominations. In 2019, he received his first APSA nomination for Achievement in Cinematography for So Long, My Son.

Accolades

Kim Hyunseok
Best Cinematography, 2019

Kim Hyunseok

Best Cinematography, 2019

Kim Hyunseok

So Long, My Son (Di Jiu Tian Chang)

Kim Hyunseok is a cinematographer born in 1977. Growing up in Seoul, he performed in band and completed two years of military service before enrolling…

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Films

So Long, My Son
2019

So Long, My Son (Di Jiu Tian Chang)

People's Republic of China
2019

So Long, My Son (Di Jiu Tian Chang)

Two married couples adjust to the vast social, economic and pollical upheavals in China over three decades. Following the death of a child in a…

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I Can Speak
2017

I Can Speak

Republic of Korea
2017

I Can Speak

An unlikely duo, Ok-boon, aka the ‘Goblin Granny’ who has filed over 8000 complaints to the town office, and Min-jae, a Level 9 civil servant…

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A Brand New Life
2009

A Brand New Life (Ye Haeng Ja)

Republic of Korea
2009

A Brand New Life (Ye Haeng Ja)

Winner, Best Children’s Feature Film, 2009 Seoul, 1975. A brand new pair of shoes shines on the feet of nine-year-old Jinhee. Thrilled with the unexpected…

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