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Kwon-taek Im

Highest Rated:   86% Chunhyangdyun (2000)
Lowest Rated:   83% Chihwaseon (2003)
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Birthplace:   Changsong, Cheollanam-do, Korea
Widely considered Korea's foremost filmmaker, Im Kwon-Taek has become a major international figure in the realm of world cinema. A remarkably prolific director who has over 100 titles to his credit, Im's films are renowned for their remarkable visual beauty, technical innovation, and intellectual depth.Born on May 2, 1936, into a family of noted leftists, Im Kwon-Taek grew up and completed his schooling in the southern city of Kwangju. As a result of the Korean war, his family's fortunes were decimated and he was forced to work, first as a day-laborer, and as a businessman reselling U.S. Army boots. In 1956, he moved to Seoul where he happened to meet film director Chung Chang-Wha, who offered him room and board in exchange for work as a production assistant. Though Im had no great ambitions to become a filmmaker, he took the job, working on the set was a means of survival when work for people with leftist ties was few and far between. Five years later, Chung recommended that Im direct and in 1962, he made his debut with Dumangang-a Jal Ikkora. Im's career parallels that of John Ford, who learned filmmaking on the set and then found his own distinctive artistic vision. By his own admission, for the first ten years of his filmmaking career, Im thought of movies as strictly a means to a paycheck for his family. This started to change in the 1970s. Korean critics first started to notice Im after the release of his 1973 film Jabcho and with his 1978 opus Chokpo (aka Genealogy), Im's growing desire to make an artistically accomplished work came to fruitition. His philosophical outlook recalls the existential humanism that marks Akira Kurosawa's finest works. Like Hou Hsiao Hsien, Im's films are investigations of the society of a nation marked by a turbulent, sometimes repressive, recent history. Without seeming provincial or overly nationalistic, Im's work explores elements of Korean culture imperiled by that country's drive to modernize. Pul ui Ttal (aka Daughters of the Flame) looks at Korea's long tradition of shamanism, framed amid the story of a failing marriage; Mandala concerns itself with the meaning and relevance of Buddhism the modern world; and Sopyonje focuses on Korea's dying folk song tradition.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Hwajang
  • Director
2014
No Score Yet Dal-bit gil-eo-ol-li-gi (Hanji)
  • Director
2012
No Score Yet Jagko (Pursuit of Death)
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
2012
No Score Yet Gilsoddeum
  • Director
2012
No Score Yet Chun nyun hack (Beyond the Years)
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
2007
No Score Yet Low Life (Haryu Insaeng)
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
2004
83% Chihwaseon
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
2003
86% Chunhyangdyun
  • Director
2000
No Score Yet Escape To Shanghai
  • Director
1999
No Score Yet Chang
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1997
No Score Yet Chukje (Festival)
  • Director
1996
No Score Yet Taebek sanmaek (Taebaek Mountains)
  • Director
1994
No Score Yet Seopyeonje (Sopyonje)
  • Director
1993
No Score Yet Come, Come, Come Upward! (Aje aje bara aje)
  • Director
1989
No Score Yet The Surrogate Woman (Sibaji)
  • Director
1987
No Score Yet Oyeomdoen jashikdeul (The Polluted One)
  • Director
1982
No Score Yet Mandala
  • Director
1981
No Score Yet Testimony (Jeungeon)
  • Director

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