Jin-man Kim is a South Korean film director, screenwriter, and producer. He is best known for his work on acclaimed films such as Oldboy (2003), The Host (2006), Thirst (2009), and Snowpiercer (2013).
Kim was born in Seoul, South Korea in 1967, and graduated from Chung-Ang University with a degree in theater and film in 1993. After graduation, he began his career at Cheon Films as an apprentice director. In 1995, he wrote and directed his first feature film, The Quiet Family, which won the Grand Prize at the Pusan International Film Festival.
Kim's career began to take off after the success of The Quiet Family. He went on to direct the critically acclaimed films Joint Security Area (2000), Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance (2002), Oldboy (2003), and The Host (2006). All of these films brought him considerable international recognition, and Oldboy in particular won the Grand Prix at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival.
In 2008, Kim wrote and directed the vampire drama Thirst, which won the Prix du Jury at the Cannes Film Festival. Following this success, he directed the sci-fi action film Snowpiercer (2013), which was an international success and was critically acclaimed for its unique visual style and controversial themes.
In addition to his work in film, Kim has also directed television dramas and music videos. He has also served as a jury member at several international film festivals, including the Berlin International Film Festival, the San Sebastian International Film Festival, and the Cannes Film Festival.
Jin-man Kim is one of the most acclaimed South Korean directors, and his films have won numerous awards and critical acclaim. He is known for his unique visual style and his ability to create powerful stories with complex themes. He is a true master of his craft, and his work is sure to continue to inspire audiences for years to come.