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Hong Sang-soo on the set of Night and Day, 5 September 2007
Seoul, South Korea
|Occupation||Film director, screenwriter|
(m. 1985; sep. 2016)
|Revised Romanization||Hong Sang-su|
Hong Sang Soo (홍상수) is a South Korean film director and screenwriter.
Hong Sang Soo's parents owned the film production company Cinetel Soul. Hong took the entrance exam and entered the theater department at Chung-Ang University in South Korea. He then studied in the United States where he received his bachelor's degree from the California College of Arts and Crafts and his master's at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Hong made his directorial debut at age 35 with The Day a Pig Fell into the Well in 1996.
Hong has received the Prix Un Certain Regard at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival for Hahaha, the Silver Leopard Award for Best Director at the 2013 Locarno International Film Festival for Our Sunhi, and the Golden Leopard at the 2015 Locarno International Film Festival for Right Now, Wrong Then.
There are certain elements that are commonly found in Hong's films. A typical Hong film highlights a theme of domestic realism with many of the scenes set on residential streets, cafes, hotels, schools, and in the stairwells of apartment buildings. Characters in the film are seen walking around the city, drinking soju, and having sex. The main characters in his films are often movie directors or actors, and scenes typically consist of a single shot, often beginning and ending with a camera zoom. The budgets for his movies average about $100,000.
Hong is often spontaneous when shooting, delivering the day's scene on the morning of the shoot and frequently changing stories while on set. He rarely prepares scripts in advance. Hong instead begins with a basic guideline and writes his scenes on the morning of the filming day, making changes throughout the day. Hong starts the filming day at 4 a.m. when he begins to write the dialogue for that day's shoot. Hong also develops close relationships with the actors over alcohol and cigarettes and sometimes shoots certain scenes while the actors are under the influence.
In 2016, Hong was reported to be having an extramarital affair with actress Kim Min-hee who appeared in the 2015 film Right Now, Wrong Then. At the Seoul premiere of On the Beach at Night Alone in March 2017, Hong admitted his affair with the actress, who was also present.
- The Day a Pig Fell into the Well (돼지가 우물에 빠진 날) (1996)
- The Power of Kangwon Province (강원도의 힘) (1998)
- Virgin Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors (오! 수정) (2000)
- On the Occasion of Remembering the Turning Gate (생활의 발견) (2002)
- Woman Is the Future of Man (여자는 남자의 미래다) (2004)
- Tale of Cinema (극장전) (2005)
- Woman on the Beach (해변의 여인) (2006)
- Night and Day (밤과 낮) (2008)
- Like You Know It All (잘 알지도 못하면서) (2009)
- Jeonju Digital Project "Visitors": Lost in the Mountains (어떤 방문: 첩첩산중) (short film, 2009)
- Hahaha (하하하) (2010)
- Oki's Movie (옥희의 영화) (2010)
- The Day He Arrives (북촌방향) (2011)
- List (리스트) (short film, 2011)
- In Another Country (다른 나라에서) (2012)
- Nobody's Daughter Haewon (누구의 딸도 아닌 해원) (2013)
- Our Sunhi (우리 선희) (2013)
- "Hong Sang-soo": Venice 70: Future Reloaded (홍 상수 베니스 70: 미래 리로디드) (short film, 2013)
- Hill of Freedom (자유의 ���덕) (2014)
- Right Now, Wrong Then (지금은맞고그때는틀리다) (2015)
- Yourself and Yours (당신자신과 당신의 것) (2016)
- On the Beach at Night Alone (밤의 해변에서 혼자) (2017)
- Claire's Camera (2017)
- The Day After (2017)
- Grass (2018)
- Gangbyun Hotel (강변 호텔, “Hotel by the River”) (2018)
- 1996 17th Blue Dragon Film Awards: Best New Director (The Day a Pig Fell into the Well)
- 1996 16th Korean Association of Film Critics Awards: Best New Director (The Day a Pig Fell into the Well)
- 1998 19th Blue Dragon Film Awards: Best Director; Best Screenplay (The Power of Kangwon Province)
- 2000 1st Busan Film Critics Awards: Best Screenplay (Virgin Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors)
- 2006 9th Director's Cut Awards: Best Director (Woman on the Beach)
- 2008 28th Korean Association of Film Critics Awards: Best Screenplay (Night and Day)
- 2010 19th Buil Film Awards: Best Director (Hahaha)
- 2013 14th Busan Film Critics Awards: Special Jury Prize (Our Sunhi)
- 2014 23rd Buil Film Awards: Best Director (Our Sunhi)
- 2015 2nd Wildflower Film Awards: Best Director, Narrative Films (Hill of Freedom)
- 2017 Busan Film Critics Awards: Grand Prize (On the Beach at Night Alone)
- 2017 Busan Film Critics Awards: Grand Prize (The Day After)
- 2018 5th Wildflower Film Awards: Best Director, Narrative Films (The Day After)
- 1996 15th Vancouver International Film Festival: Dragons and Tigers Award (The Day a Pig Fell into the Well)
- 1997 42nd Asia Pacific Film Festival: Best New Director (The Day a Pig Fell into the Well)
- 1997 International Film Festival Rotterdam: Tiger Award (The Day a Pig Fell into the Well)
- 1999 Singapore International Film Festival: NETPAC-FIPRESCI Special Mention (The Power of Kangwon Province)
- 1999 Santa Barbara International Film Festival: Burning Vision Award (The Power of Kangwon Province)
- 2000 45th Asia Pacific Film Festival: Best Screenplay (Virgin Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors)
- 2000 13th Tokyo International Film Festival: Special Jury Prize (Virgin Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors)
- 2002 47th Asia Pacific Film Festival: Best Director (On the Occasion of Remembering the Turning Gate)
- 2003 Seattle International Film Festival: Emerging Masters Showcase Award
- 2007 22nd Mar del Plata International Film Festival: Best Director (Woman on the Beach)
- 2010 63rd Cannes Film Festival: Prix Un Certain Regard (Hahaha)
- 2011 40th International Film Festival Rotterdam: Return of the Tiger Award (Oki's Movie)
- 2011 2nd Korean Popular Culture and Arts Awards: Presidential Commendation
- 2013 66th Locarno International Film Festival: Best Director (Our Sunhi)
- 2015 68th Locarno International Film Festival: Golden Leopard (Right Now, Wrong Then)
- 2016 64th San Sebastián International Film Festival: Best Director (Yourself and Yours)
- 2017 Jerusalem Film Festival: Best International Film (On the Beach at Night Alone)
- 2017 LA Film Festival: World Fiction Award (On the Beach at Night Alone)
- 2018 Gijón International Film Festival: Winner Hotel by the River
- 2018 Gijón International Film Festival: Best Screenplay Hotel by the River
- "Director Files for Divorce Over May–September Romance". Chosunilbo.
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