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How has the director Bong Joon-Ho become successful in his career?

Bong Joon-Ho is a brilliant film director, actor, and screenwriter from South Korea. He was born on September 14, 1969. Besides, he is best known for the social themes, genre blending, black comedy, and abrupt sound changes of his films. These elements are certainly the hallmarks of his movies. 

Quick Facts about Bong Joon-Ho

  • He became famous with his film “Barking Dogs Never Bite”.
  • His film “Parasite” is among the one of the highest grossing films in South Korea.
  • The first South Korean film to receive Academy Award nominations is Bong Joon-Ho’s “Parasite”. 
  • On Metacritic’s list of the 25 best film directors, Joon-Ho was included in the 21st century, in 2017.

Bong Joon-Ho’s Career Highlights

Following graduation, Bong Joon-Ho spent the next five years working on other directors’ projects in different capacities. He received a partial screenplay credit on the anthology film “Seven Reasons Why Beer is Better Than a Lover” (1996). He also got screenplay and assistant director credits on Park Ki-Yong’s debut  “Motel Cactus” (1997). Joon-Ho is also one of four screenwriters credited for the screenplay of Phantom: The Submarine. 

In 2011, Joon-Ho was a member of the jury for the 27th Sundance Film Festival in 2011. He was also the president of the jury for the 2011 Cannes Film Festival’s Caméra d’Or section and the 2013 Edinburgh International Film Festival’s Caméra d’Or section. 

All of Joon-Ho’s films have been made in South Korea. However, both Snowpiercer and Okja (2017) are primarily in English. Above all, two of his films, “Okja” and “Parasite”  screened in competition at the Cannes Film Festival. In fact “Parasite” ended up winning the Palme d’Or, a first for a South Korean film to do so. 

Bong Joon-Ho’s Personal Life

Politically, Joon- Ho was a member of the now-defunct New Progressive Party. He also supported the Democratic Labor Party’s predecessor .

Since 1995, Joon-Ho has been married to screenwriter Jung Sun-young. Hyo-min, their son, is also a filmmaker, who has directed the web film “Wedding Ceremony” (2017).

What’s his Net worth?

As of 2021, Bong Joon-ho, a South Korean film director, author, and screenwriter, has a net worth of $35 million dollars.

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