Ji-you Hong is a prominent South Korean film director, producer, and screenwriter. He is best known for his award-winning films such as The Host (2006), Thirst (2009), and Snowpiercer (2013).
Hong was born in 1970 in South Korea. He attended Seoul Institute of the Arts, where he studied fine arts and film production. After graduating, he worked as a production assistant and then as a production assistant director at the Korean Academy of Film Arts. He then worked as a production manager for various feature films and television commercials.
In 2001, Hong made his directorial debut with the feature film Barking Dogs Never Bite. The film was a commercial success and won several awards. This success led to his next film, The Host (2006), which was a monster movie set in South Korea. This film was a major success, grossing over $100 million and winning several awards.
In 2009, Hong directed Thirst, a vampire romance film. This was his first major international success. The film was invited to the Cannes Film Festival and won the Jury Prize. His next film, Snowpiercer (2013), was another major success. It grossed over $100 million and was praised by critics for its ambitious story and visual effects.
Hong has since directed several other films, including The Wailing (2016) and Okja (2017). He has also produced several films, including Mother (2009) and The Handmaiden (2016).
Hong is one of the most successful and acclaimed South Korean filmmakers. His films have won numerous awards and have been praised for their originality and visual style. He continues to direct and produce films, and his works are widely respected in the industry.