Bong Joon-ho (Korean: 봉준호), born September 14, 1969, is a South Korean film director and screenwriter.
He garnered international acclaim for his second feature film Memories of Murder, before achieving commercial success with his subsequent films The Host and Snowpiercer, both of which are among the highest-grossing films of all time in South Korea.
Two of his films have screened in competition at the Cannes Film Festival Okja, which premiered at the 2017 festival, and Parasite, which won the Palme d'Or at the 2019 festival and has since gone on to become one of the biggest modern commercial and critical successes in Korean film history. In addition, the film also has four Academy Award wins, including not only Best Director for Joon-ho, but also Best Picture, the first non-English language film to win. This ties him with Walt Disney for receiving the most Oscars in a single ceremony, and the most for a single film as Disneys were all for different works.
- Barking Dogs Never Bite (2000)
- Memories of Murder (2003)
- The Host (2006)
- Mother (2009)
- Snowpiercer (2013)
- Okja (2017)
- Parasite (2019)
Tropes that apply to Bong Joon-ho's work include:
- Capitalism Is Bad: Many of his films concern themselves with the worst repercussions of capitalism, including how it can commodify even human lives, cause the well off to treat their fellow man as less than human, lead some to destroy the lives of others just for a slight convenience, make even individuals in the same economic situations turn on each other for mere scraps, and other tragic consequences.Bong: Okja, Snowpiercer, Parasite, theyre all stories about capitalism. Before its a massive, sociological term, capitalism is just our lives.
- Creator Thumbprint: Social themes (especially Eat the Rich), Black Comedy, and Mood Whiplashes.
- Deliberately Monochrome: Averted with his original films, but a personal interest of his. The only thing stopping him from making a black-and-white film is the lack of financing in such an idea, so until then he has screened black-and-white versions of Mother and Parasite at select film festivals.
- Eagleland: Type 2. Despite having won an Academy Award, his films show that he doesn't have a particularly high opinion of Americans. This comes up most strongly in The Host and Okja.
- Production Posse: Korean actors Song Kang-ho, Yoon Je-moon, Go Ah-sung, Byun Hee-bong, and Choi Woo-shik, as well as Tilda Swinton, have turned up in more than one of his films.