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Profile of Chan-wook Park

Filmmaker
Date Of Birth:
23 August 1963
Place Of Birth:
Seoul, Korea
Best Known As:
The director of 'Oldboy' and 'The Handmaiden'
Korean filmmaker Chan-wook Park's films are stylistic marvels with sometimes controversial themes. They include Oldboy and The Handmaiden. A philosophy student who started out as a film critic, Chan-wook made his debut as a filmmaker with 1992's The Moon Is... The Sun's Dream. His first few films didn't fare too well, but 2000's J.S.A.: Join Security Area was a box office hit. 2003's Oldboy was an international critical success and a hit at Cannes -- an instant cult film. (With 2002's Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance and 2005's Lady Vengeance, it's part of "The Vengeance Trilogy".) Since then, Chan-wook has carved out his place as one of Korea's most inventive directors, even if not all his movies are hits. His other films include A Bizarre Love Triangle (2002), Stoker (2013, his first U.S. film, starring Nicole Kidman) and The Handmaiden (2016, also titled Ah-ga-ssi).