Lee Chang-dong, born in 1954, found himself writing and directing plays while still at university. He published his first novel, the renowned Chonri, in 1983. A decade later he began his screenwriting career, collaborating with acclaimed filmmaker Park Kwang-su on the films To The Starry Island and A Single Spark. In 1997, Lee directed his first feature, Korean film noir, Green FishPeppermint Candy (2000) and Oasis (2003) followed, with both films receiving much critical success. From 2002 – 2005, Lee held the position of Minister of Culture and Tourism, after which he founded Pinehouse Films. Here he made Secret Sunshine (2007), which won Best Feature Film at the 2007 Asia Pacific Screen Awards and for which Jeon Do-yeon won Best Actress at both the Asia Pacific Screen Awards and the 60th Cannes Film Festival. He also won an APSA for Best Children’s Feature Film in 2009 for A Brand New LifePoetry won the prize for Best Screenplay at the 63rd Cannes Film Festival.

Films

Secret Sunshine
2007

Secret Sunshine (Miryang)

Republic of Korea
2007

Secret Sunshine (Miryang)

When her husband passes away in an automobile accident, Shin-ae and her son Jun relocate down south to her late husband’s hometown of Miryang. Despite…

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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)

Seoul, 1975. A brand new pair of shoes shines on the feet of nine-year-old Jinhee. Thrilled with the unexpected gift, she holds her father tightly…

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Poetry
2010

Poetry (Shi)

Republic of Korea
2010

Poetry (Shi)

The profound story of an elderly woman, Mija, who lives with her teenage grandson in a small suburban city located along the Han River. She…

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