Jang Cheol-soo

Jang Cheol-Soo

After studying visual design at Hongik University in Seoul, Jang Cheol-Soo saw Kim Ki-Duk’s The Isle (2000) while studying in Japan and was blown away. He sought out director Kim and became his assistant director. The two men worked together on Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter…and Spring (2003) and Samaritan Girl (2004) where Jang learned Kim’s one piece of advice: always make movies where the audience cannot tear their eyes from the screen. He struck out on his own with his first film Bedevilled (2010). This deeply emotional female revenge movie was selected for International Critics’s Week at the Cannes Film Festival and has won director Jang “Best New Director” at the Daejong Film Awards, the Korean Association of Film Critics Awards, the Korean Film Awards, and the Director’s Cut Awards. His second film, Secretly Greatly (2013) has already broken box office records in Korea and established him not just as a critical darling but as one of commercial cinema’s new powerhouse hitmakers.