Every Thursday night in May, The Loft Cinema celebrates acclaimed South Korean director Bong Joon-Ho with a selection of his greatest films on the big screen!
Bong Joon-ho is a celebrated director and screenwriter who has created some of the highest-grossing films in South Korean cinema history. Born in 1969 in Daegu, South Korea, Bong’s interest in filmmaking evolved from his love of American genre cinema, and after completing a two-year program at the Korean Academy of Film Arts in the early ‘90s, he began working on other directors’ films, eventually making his own debut feature, the critically-acclaimed but little-seen Barking Dogs Never Bite, in 2000.
“There is a lot of extreme emotion in Korean film. It’s because there are a lot of extremes in Korean society.” – Bong Joon-ho
From there, Bong embarked on a wildly successful writing and directing career, creating engaging, humorous and intense reinventions of popular genres animated by a flair for dramatically cinematic storytelling and sharp commentary on the historical and political complexities of present-day Korean society. From dark true crime stories like Memories of Murder (2003), to fun giant monster movies like The Host (2006), twisty suspense thrillers like Mother (2009), and action-packed sci-fi extravaganzas like Snowpiercer (2013), Bong has continually reimagined and reshaped genre conventions to his own ends, in the process thrilling both critics and audiences alike. This May, in anticipation of his latest film, Parasite, The Loft Cinema is proud to present a retrospective of four of Bong’s best films, tracing his evolution from little-known critics’ darling to one of world cinema’s most consistently successful hit-makers.