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.

Accolades

Lee Chang-dong
Best Screenplay, 2007

Lee Chang-dong

Secret Sunshine (Miryang)
Best Screenplay, 2007

Lee Chang-dong

Secret Sunshine (Miryang)

Lee Chang-dong graduated in 1980 with a degree in Korean Literature from Kyungpook National University in Daegu. In 1983 Lee established himself as a renowned…

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Kim In-Soo and Lee Chang-dong and Hanna Lee
Best Feature Film, 2007

Secret Sunshine (Miryang)

Best Feature Film, 2007

Secret Sunshine (Miryang)

Winner, Best Feature Film, 2007 When her husband passes away in an automobile accident, Shin-ae and her son Jun relocate down south to her late husband’s…

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Lee Chang-dong and Laurent Lavolé and Lee Joon-dong and Ounie Lecomte
Best Children's Feature Film, 2009

A Brand New Life (Ye Haeng Ja)

Best Children's Feature Film, 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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Lee Chang-dong
Best Screenplay, 2010

Lee Chang-dong

Poetry (Shi)
Best Screenplay, 2010

Lee Chang-dong

Poetry (Shi)

Winner, Best Performance by and Actress, 2010 Winner, Achievement in Directing, 2010 Lee Chang-dong, born in 1954, found himself writing and directing plays while still…

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Lee Chang-dong
Achievement in Directing, 2010

Lee Chang-dong

Poetry (Shi)
Achievement in Directing, 2010

Lee Chang-dong

Poetry (Shi)

Winner, Best Performance by and Actress, 2010 Winner, Achievement in Directing, 2010 Lee Chang-dong, born in 1954, found himself writing and directing plays while still…

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Lee Chang-dong and Lee Joon-dong and Lee Dong-ha
Best Feature Film, 2010

Poetry (Shi)

Best Feature Film, 2010

Poetry (Shi)

Winner, Best Performance by and Actress, 2010 Winner, Achievement in Directing, 2010 The profound story of an elderly woman, Mija, who lives with her teenage…

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Lee Chang-dong and Kim Soon-mo and Yoon Ga-eun
Best Youth Feature Film, 2016

The World of Us (Woorideul)

Best Youth Feature Film, 2016

The World of Us (Woorideul)

Winner, Best Youth Feature Film, 2016 Ten-year-old Sun is an outcast at school, but during the summer vacation she meets Jia who is new to…

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Films

Secret Sunshine
2007

Secret Sunshine (Miryang)

Republic of Korea
2007

Secret Sunshine (Miryang)

Winner, Best Feature Film and Best Performance by an Actress, 2007 When her husband passes away in an automobile accident, Shin-ae and her son Jun relocate…

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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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Poetry
2010

Poetry (Shi)

Republic of Korea
2010

Poetry (Shi)

Winner, Best Performance by and Actress, 2010 Winner, Achievement in Directing, 2010 The profound story of an elderly woman, Mija, who lives with her teenage…

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The World of Us
2015

The World of Us (Woorideul)

Republic of Korea
2015

The World of Us (Woorideul)

Winner, Best Youth Feature Film, 2016 Ten-year-old Sun is an outcast at school, but during the summer vacation she meets Jia who is new to…

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