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List of famous film directors from South Korea, listed alphabetically with photos when available. South Korea has given birth to some great movie directors over the years, many of who have gone on to direct popular comedies, dramas, horror movies and more. These are some of the best South Korean directors in the history of the world, so if you're a native of South Korea and an aspiring director then these are people you should look up to.

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Ahn Byeong-ki is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Film Directors from South Korea
age 52 Ahn Byeong-ki is a South Korean film director, producer, and screenwriter specializing in horror films. His representative horror works are Phone and Bunshinsaba while his non-horror produced ...more

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Ahn Sang-hoon is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Film Directors from South Korea
Ahn Sang-hoon Ahn Sang-hoon is a screenwriter and film director.

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Bae Yong-kyun is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Film Directors from South Korea
age 67 Bae Yong-Kyun is a South Korean film director, painter, and professor. He is best known for his Seon-influenced 1989 film Dharmaga tongjoguro kan kkadalgun. He also wrote and directed one other ...more

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Bang Eun-jin is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Film Directors from South Korea
age 53 Bang Eun-jin is a South Korean actress and film director. She is best known for starring in Park Chul-soo's 301, 302 and Kim Ki-duk's Address Unknown. Bang made her feature directorial debut ...more

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Bang Hee is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Film Directors from South Korea
age 64 Bang Hee is an actress.

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Beom-goo Kang is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Film Directors from South Korea
Beom-goo Kang age 94 Beom-goo Kang is a Film Director.

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Bong Joon-ho is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Film Directors from South Korea
age 49 Bong Joon-ho is a South Korean film director and screenwriter. His films include South Korean hits Memories of Murder, based on a true-life serial murder case, monster movie The Host, and his ...more

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Bong Man-dae is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Film Directors from South Korea
Bong Man-dae age 48 Bong Man-dae, is a South-Korean Actor, Assistant director, Director and Scriptwriter. He is known as a soft-core porn director.

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Bong-chun Yun is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Film Directors from South Korea
Died at 73 (1902-1975) Bong-chun Yun was a film director, film editor, actor, film producer, screenwriter and cinematographer.

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Byun Young-joo is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Film Directors from South Korea
age 52 Byun Young-joo is a South Korean film director. Her films explore issues of women's rights and human rights.

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Byung-hun Min is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Film Directors from South Korea
Byung-hun Min Byung-hun Min is a film director,film producer and screenwriter.

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Byungjune Kim is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Film Directors from South Korea
Byungjune Kim age 32 Byungjune Kim is a film director and screenwriter.

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Chang Yoon-hyun is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Film Directors from South Korea
Chang Yoon-hyun age 51 Chang Yoon-hyun is a film director, film producer and screenwriter.

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Chang-hwa Jeong is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Film Directors from South Korea
age 90 Chang-hwa Jeong is a film director and producer.

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Cho Eun-Ryung is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Film Directors from South Korea
Died at 31 (1972-2003) Cho Eun-Ryung was a Screenwriter, film director and producer.

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Cho Seoungho is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Film Directors from South Korea
Cho Seoungho age 59 Cho Seoungho is a film director.

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Choi Dong-hoon is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Film Directors from South Korea
age 47 Choi Dong-hoon is a South Korean film director. He ranks as one of the most consistently successful directors working in contemporary Korean cinema, with all four of his films becoming ...more

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Choi Eun-hee is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Film Directors from South Korea
age 92 Choi Eun-hee is a South Korean actress. She began her film career in 1947 in the film A New Oath. For the next 20 years, she was one of the biggest stars in Korean film and led the Shin Film ...more

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Choi Moo-ryong is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Film Directors from South Korea
Died at 71 (1928-1999) Choi Moo-ryong was South Korean actor, producer, and director who is father of Choi Min-soo

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Choi Yeong-cheol is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Film Directors from South Korea
Choi Yeong-cheol age 85 Choi Yeong-cheol is a Film director and screenwriter.

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Christine Shin is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Film Directors from South Korea
Christine Shin is a South Korean-born writer–director.

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Chung Ji Young is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Film Directors from South Korea
Chung Ji Young age 72 Chung Ji-young is a South Korean film director and screenwriter. Among his most well-known films are North Korean Partisan in South Korea, White Badge, Life and Death of the Hollywood Kid, ...more

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Dahci Ma is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Film Directors from South Korea
Dahci Ma age 31 Dahci Ma is a film director.

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Dong-joon Choi is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Film Directors from South Korea
age 56 Dong-joon Choi is an actor.

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Dong-Ryung Kim is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Film Directors from South Korea
Dong-Ryung Kim Dong-ryeong Kim is a film director.

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Lee Dong-wook is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Film Directors from South Korea
age 37 Lee Dong-wook is a South Korean actor. He is best known for his leading roles in the television dramas My Girl, La Dolce Vita, Scent of a Woman, Hotel King, and Blade Man.

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Duck-hee Lee is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Film Directors from South Korea
Duck-hee Lee Duck-hee Lee is a film director and screenwriter.

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Elliott Hong is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Film Directors from South Korea
Elliott Hong Elliott Hong is a Korean American film director, producer and writer. Hong is best known as the director of the films They Call Me Bruce, The Retrievers, Kill the Golden Goose and the 1973 ...more

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Eun-hee Ihm is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Film Directors from South Korea
Eun-hee Ihm age 46 Eun-hee Ihm is a film director, editor, producer and screenwriter.

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Eung-cheon Kim is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Film Directors from South Korea
Eung-cheon Kim Died at 66 (1935-2001) Eung-cheon Kim was a film director and screenwriter.

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Gina Kim is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Film Directors from South Korea
age 45 Gina Kim is a filmmaker and academic. She is currently an Assistant Professor at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television. Kim's five feature-length films and short films have garnered ...more

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Go Yeong-nam is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Film Directors from South Korea
Go Yeong-nam Died at 68 (1935-2003) Go Yeong-nam was a film director.

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Gyeong-tae Park is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Film Directors from South Korea
Gyeong-tae Park age 40 Gyeong-tae Park is a film director, film editor, cinematographer and screenwriter.

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Ha Gil-jong is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Film Directors from South Korea
Ha Gil-jong Died at 38 (1941-1979) Ha Gil-jong was a South Korean film director, screen writer and translator.

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Ha Yu is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Film Directors from South Korea
age 55 Yoo Ha is a South Korean film director, screenwriter and a contemporary poet. He directed the critically acclaimed films Marriage Is a Crazy Thing, Once Upon a Time in High School, and A Dirty ...more

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Hae Jin Jung is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Film Directors from South Korea
Hae Jin Jung age 24

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Hah Myung-joong is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Film Directors from South Korea
age 71 Hah Myung-joong is a South Korean actor, film director, producer, planner, and screen writer. Hah started his career as an actor, but expanded his career to film directing, and film producing. ...more

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Han Hye-jin is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Film Directors from South Korea
age 37 Han Hye-jin is a South Korean actress. Han made her breakthrough in 2005 when she starred as a young widow in her 20s working as an outgoing hairdresser in the hit daily drama Be Strong, ...more

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Han Suk-kyu is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Film Directors from South Korea
age 54 Han Suk-kyu is a South Korean actor. One of the leading actors of Korean cinema, Han's notable works include Green Fish, No. 3, Christmas in August, Shiri, and The President's Last Bang.

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Jang Hang-jun is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Film Directors from South Korea
age 49 Hang-jun Kang is a South Korean actor. He is also a film director and screenwriter.

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Hayoun Kwon is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Film Directors from South Korea
age 37 Hayoun Kwon is a film director and film editor.

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Heo Jin-ho is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Film Directors from South Korea
age 55 Hur Jin-ho is a South Korean film director and screenwriter.

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Ho-jung Kim is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Film Directors from South Korea
Ho-jung Kim age 50 Ho-jung Kim is an actress.

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Ho-yeon Won is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Film Directors from South Korea
Ho-yeon Won Ho-yeon Won is a film director and cinematographer.

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Hong Sang-soo is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Film Directors from South Korea
age 58 Hong Sang-soo is a South Korean film director and screenwriter.

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Hong Sung-Hoon is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Film Directors from South Korea
Hong Sung-Hoon

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Hur Bum-Wook is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Film Directors from South Korea
Hur Bum-Wook age 35 Hur Bum-Wook is a film director.

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Hwang Gyu-Deok is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Film Directors from South Korea
Hwang Gyu-Deok age 59 Hwang Gyu-Deok is a film director, screenwriter and film producer.

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Hwang Jang Lee is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Film Directors from South Korea
age 74 Hwang Jang Lee, is a Japanese-born Korean martial artist and film actor. Hwang is perhaps best known for his role as "Thunderleg" in 1978's Drunken Master, "Sheng Kuan" in ...more

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Hyun-Joo Kim is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Film Directors from South Korea
Hyun-Joo Kim Hyun-Joo Kim is a film director and screenwriter.