Bong Joon-ho launched himself to the forefront of the Korean film industry with his first three feature films: Barking Dogs Never Bite (2000), Memories of Murder (2003) and The Host (2006).
His talent has also been corroborated by famous international moviemakers like Quentin Tarantino, who rates Memories of Murder and The Host among the top 20 films of the last 15 years. This affirmation is backed by the awards garnered by all three: FIPRESCI Award at the Hong Kong International Festival and Best Debut Director at Munich Festival for Barking Dogs Never Bite, which also competed at San Sebastian Festival in 2000; Silver Shell For Best Director and the New Directors Award for Memories of Murder at San Sebastian Festival 2003, and Best Screenplay and Audience Award at the Torino Festival that same year; Best Director Award at Oporto Festival for The Host, also presented at the Cannes Directors’ Fortnight. This film moreover smashed Korean box-office records with 13 million spectators.
Thanks to his boundless imagination, Bong Joon-ho brilliantly breaks with all convention. For his latest film, Mother, he has chosen to examine the simple mother figure as a vehicle for analysing social reality and family drama, expressing his exploration through unexpected cinematographic aspects. Mother will feature in the Zabaltegi-Pearls section of the 57th San Sebastian Festival following its participation in Un Certain Regard at Cannes.
A year prior to Mother, Bong Joon-ho made the short film Shaking Tokyo, part of the Tokyo! omnibus film, co-directed by Michel Gondry and Leos Carax, and presented in Un Certain Regard at Cannes.