Li Gyeong Hong is a South Korean movie director, screenwriter, and producer. He is best known for his critically acclaimed films Oldboy (2003), Lady Vengeance (2005), and Thirst (2009).
Li was born in Seoul, South Korea in 1963. He studied philosophy at the Seoul National University and went on to study directing at the Korea National University of Arts.
Li’s debut feature film was The Contact in 1997. He followed this up with a string of successes such as Joint Security Area (2000), Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance (2002), Oldboy (2003), Lady Vengeance (2005), and Thirst (2009).
Li’s films are generally known for their dark themes, stylized violence, and often surrealistic visuals. He has a strong interest in human psychology, which is evident in his portrayals of characters. His films often explore themes of revenge, justice, and morality.
In 2005, Li was awarded the Grand Prix at the Cannes Film Festival for his film Lady Vengeance. He was also nominated for Best Director at the Asian Film Awards in 2008 for his film Thirst.
In addition to filmmaking, Li is also a passionate photographer. He has published several books of his photographs, including “Lonely Planet” and “The Unseen”. He is also the co-founder of the independent film production company, Fine Cut.
Li Gyeong Hong is one of South Korea’s most accomplished directors. His films have earned him worldwide acclaim and numerous awards. He continues to explore dark themes and push the boundaries of cinema with his thought-provoking works.