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Famous Film Directors from South Korea

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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This list answers the questions, "Who are the best South Korean directors?" and "Which directors are from South Korea?"

You can click on the names of these legendary directors of South Korea in order to get more information about each one. If you're a film buff use this list of talented South Korean directors to find some new movies you haven't already seen.
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  • BirthplaceSouth Korea

    NationalitySouth Korea

    Films DirectedAPT, Bunshinsaba, Phone, Nightmare

    Ahn Byeong-ki (born November 5, 1966 or 1967) is a South Korean film director, producer, and screenwriter specializing in horror films. His representative horror works are Phone and Bunshinsaba while  ...more
  • Ahn Sang-hoon

    Ahn Sang-hoon is a screenwriter and film director.
  • BirthplaceDaegu, South Korea

    NationalitySouth Korea

    Films DirectedWhy Has Bodhi-Dharma Left for the East?

    Bae Yong-Kyun (born 1951 in Daegu, Gyeongsangbuk-do, South Korea) is a South Korean film director, painter, and professor. He is best known for his Seon(Zen)-influenced 1989 film Dharmaga tongjoguro  ...more
  • Bang Eun-jin

    Age: 56

    BirthplaceSeoul, South Korea

    NationalitySouth Korea

    Films DirectedPerfect Number, Princess Aurora

    Bang Eun-jin (born August 5, 1965) 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  ...more
  • Bang Hee

    Age: 67

    BirthplaceJeonju, South Korea

    NationalitySouth Korea

    Bang Hee is an actress.  ...more
  • Beom-goo Kang

    Age: 97

    NationalitySouth Korea

    Films DirectedWhen a Black Flower Fades, Dangshinmaneul wihayeo

    Beom-goo Kang is a Film Director.
  • BirthplaceDaegu, South Korea

    NationalitySouth Korea

    Films DirectedBarking Dogs Never Bite, The Host, Incoherence, Twentidentity, Mother

    Bong Joon-ho (Korean: 봉준호, Korean pronunciation: [poːŋ tɕuːnho → poːŋdʑunho]; born September 14, 1969) is a South Korean film director and screenwriter whose films include the crime drama Memories Of  ...more

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  • Bong Man-dae

    Age: 51

    BirthplaceGwangju, South Korea

    NationalitySouth Korea

    Films DirectedTrap, The Sweet Sex and Love, Cinderella

  • Bong-chun Yun

    Dec. at 73 (1902-1975)

    BirthplaceNorth Korea, Hoeryong

    NationalitySouth Korea

    Films DirectedSeongbulsa, Seobu jeonseon, Yun Bong-kil the Martyr, Women's World, Nongae

    Bong-chun Yun was a film director, film editor, actor, film producer, screenwriter and cinematographer.  ...more
  • Byun Young-joo

    Age: 54

    BirthplaceSouth Korea

    NationalitySouth Korea

    Films DirectedFlying Boys, The Murmuring, Helpless, Milae, Nazen moksori 2

    Byun Young-joo is a South Korean film director. Her films explore issues of women's rights and human rights.  ...more
  • Byung-hun Min

    Byung-hun Min is a film director,film producer and screenwriter.
  • Byungjune Kim

    Age: 35

    BirthplaceSouth Korea, East Asia, Asia, Korea

    NationalitySouth Korea

    Films DirectedOver and Over Again

    Byungjune Kim is a film director and screenwriter.
  • Chang Yoon-hyun

    Age: 54

    BirthplaceSouth Korea, Seoul, East Asia, Asia, Korea

    NationalitySouth Korea

    Films DirectedGabi, The Contact, Hwang Jin Yi, Tell Me Something, Some

    Chang Yoon-hyun is a film director, film producer and screenwriter.
  • Chang-hwa Jeong

    Age: 93

    BirthplaceKorea

    NationalitySouth Korea

    Films DirectedForlorn Hope, Five Fingers of Death, Lady Whirlwind and the Rangers, Street of Temptation, Lovers' Quarrel

    Chang-hwa Jeong is a film director and producer.  ...more
  • Cho Eun-Ryung

    Dec. at 31 (1972-2003)

    BirthplaceSouth Korea

    NationalitySouth Korea

    Films DirectedSkate, Life

    Cho Eun-Ryung was a Screenwriter, film director and producer.  ...more
  • Cho Seoungho

    Age: 62

    BirthplaceSouth Korea, East Asia, Asia, Busan

    NationalitySouth Korea

    Films DirectedStoned, Horizontal Intimacy

    Cho Seoungho is a film director.
  • BirthplaceJeonju, South Korea

    NationalitySouth Korea

    Films DirectedThe Thieves, Tazza: The High Rollers, The Big Swindle, Woochi

    Choi Dong-hoon (Korean: 최동훈; born 1971) is a South Korean film director and screenwriter. He ranks as one of the most consistently successful directors working in contemporary Korean cinema, with all  ...more
  • BirthplaceGwangju, Gyeonggi, South Korea

    NationalitySouth Korea

    Films DirectedA Girl Who is Brought Up in a Home as a Future Wife for Son, One-sided Love of Princess

    Choi Eun-hee (Hangul: 최은희; November 20, 1926 – April 16, 2018) was a South Korean actress, who was one of the country's most popular stars of the 1960s and 1970s. In 1978, Choi and her then  ...more
  • Choi Moo-ryong

    Dec. at 71 (1928-1999)

    BirthplacePaju, South Korea

    NationalitySouth Korea

    Films DirectedNorth Korea, A Grief, The Third Zone, Lost Love, Affections

    Choi Moo-ryong (February 25, 1928 – November 11, 1999) was South Korean actor, producer, and director who is father of Choi Min-soo  ...more
  • Choi Yeong-cheol

    Age: 88

    NationalitySouth Korea

    Films DirectedSeaman in Hong Kong, Between Men, The Pure White Cult, Jin and Min, A Vagabond's Night

    Choi Yeong-cheol is a Film director and screenwriter.
  • Christine Shin is a South Korean-born writer–director.  ...more
  • Chung Ji Young

    Age: 74

    BirthplaceCheongju, South Korea

    NationalitySouth Korea

    Films DirectedNational Security, Ari Ari the Korean Cinema, Mountain Snake, North Korea's Southern Army, Unbowed

    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, Unbowed  ...more
  • Dahci Ma

    Age: 34

    BirthplaceSeoul, South Korea

    NationalitySouth Korea

    Films DirectedGhost

    Dahci Ma is a film director.
  • Dong-joon Choi

    Age: 62

    BirthplaceSouth Korea

    NationalitySouth Korea

    Films DirectedNumber One, A Strange Story, Yongho Sanggwon

    Dong-joon Choi is an actor.  ...more
  • Dong-Ryung Kim

    Dong-ryeong Kim is a film director.