Korean writer/director Kim Tae-yong studied filmmaking at the Korean Academy of Film Arts (KAFA) after majoring in political science in college. His feature film directorial debut was Memento Mori, a horror film set in an all girls high school, which he co-directed with fellow KAFA graduate Kyu-Dong Min. Together they were nominated for the Grand Prix at the Paris Film Festival and the Grand Jury Prize at the Slamdance Film Festival. Memento Mori was a widely influential film of its genre and is now considered a classic of its time.

His next feature film Family Ties, an examination of family relationships in three separate portraits, won Best Film at Thessaloniki International Film Festival and Republic of Korea’s Grand Bell Award for Best Film.

Late Autumn, starring internationally acclaimed actress Tang Wei (Lust, Caution) as a prisoner on leave to attend a funeral in Seattle, was a co-production Republic of Korea,  Hong Kong PRC, People’s Republic of China and the United States of America. Late Autumn screened at the Toronto, Berlin and Busan International Film Festivals and became the highest grossing Korean film released in China. Wei Tang received four Best Actress awards for her role.

Kim’s recent short film You Are More Than Beautiful was commissioned as one of four shorts by different filmmakers commissioned for the micro-movie omnibus Beautiful, produced by the Hong Kong International Film Festival Society (HKIFFS) in its inaugural collaboration with China’s reputed Internet TV company Youku. Of the four films, You Are More Than Beautiful was selected to screen at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.


Set Me Free

Set Me Free ((Geo-in)

Republic of Korea

Set Me Free ((Geo-in)

To give teenager Yeongjae more opportunities in life than his dysfunctional parents can offer, he spends his youth in a church sponsored Catholic foster home…

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