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Born: 1963-08-23
Profession: Director
Nation: South Korean
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In our lives, we have good things and bad things, happiness and pain.

Tags: Good, Happiness, Pain

It is not possible for a person to be completely free of sin and be squeaky clean.

Tags: Free, Possible, Sin

Living without hate for people is almost impossible.

Tags: Hate, Impossible, Living

Lots of people think the violence in the films I make is overwhelming, but they think they're seeing something that they aren't seeing.

Tags: Films, Seeing, Violence

People who really try to be conscious of what they have done, who take responsibility, to me these kinds of people are heroes.

Tags: Done, Kinds, Try

The atmosphere of Catholicism in Korea is quite different to the way it is practised and perceived in Europe or the U.S.

Tags: Atmosphere, Europe, Quite

The reason I want to show shocking things is that they always pose an ethical question.

Tags: Question, Reason, Show

There's a humble beauty about listening to period instruments that I like.

Tags: Beauty, Humble, Listening

Visual elements are, of course, the director's job.

Tags: Director, Elements, Job

When I grow older and less popular, there will come a time when I have to shoot films on low budgets.

Tags: Less, Older, Time

When I was growing up, we were taught in school that North Koreans, and especially the North Korean leadership, were all devils.

Tags: Growing, Leadership, School

When I was making my first films, I was very interested in Hollywood B movies.

Tags: Interested, Making, Movies

When it comes to remaking my own films in the English language, I can only imagine that it is a very boring process, I wouldn't ever dream of it.

Tags: Boring, Dream, Language

When we are confronted with extreme situations, we forget about moral issues; we simply act and must then accept the consequences.

Tags: Accept, Forget, Moral

When you consider the concept of vampirism, it is inherently part of a Western culture.

Tags: Consider, Culture, Western

Whenever I visit a city, I like to see what classical music concerts are on offer.

Tags: City, Music, Whenever

Whether it's trivial or important, every choice has a moral aspect to it to a certain degree.

Tags: Choice, Moral, Whether

Actors, I think, are all the same. Both Korean actors and American actors are all very sensitive people, and they are all curious to know what the director thinks of them and how they are evaluated, and they try to satisfy the director. And they like it if you listen carefully to their opinions and accept them.

Tags: Accept, American, Try

All of the characters in my films, they share one commonality. It doesn't matter whether they are good or bad, it doesn't matter whether they are smart or stupid, these characters all take responsibility for their own behavior. I'm much the same.

Tags: Good, Smart, Stupid

I cannot believe that violence depicted onscreen actually causes people to act out violently. That's oversimplifying the issue. If somebody commits a violent act after seeing violence in a movie, I think the question that needs to be asked is: would that person still have committed the act if he had not seen a violent film?

Tags: After, Cannot, Violence

I don't think I've ever tried to make something happen that I've absolutely had to force. You know how they say: if you can't avoid it, enjoy it. For me, it's the other way around: if I can't enjoy it, I avoid it.

Tags: Enjoy, Happen, Tried

I don't usually watch a lot of TV, but 'Mad Men' changed my perspective. I admire Matthew Weiner who came up with the idea and wrote such a great TV series, and the broadcasting company for being bold enough to air such a series.

Tags: Enough, Great, Men

I live in a rural residential area. It's a great place for a walk. I'm at my happiest when I'm listening to my iPod while walking around where my feet take me.

Tags: Great, Place, While

I'd love to do a sci-fi movie, a western, or an espionage thriller. But I'm not going to limit myself. If a good script comes along, I'm not going to discount it because it doesn't fit into one of these genres.

Tags: Good, Love, Movie

I've always had an interest in vampire films - not just 'Nosferatu,' but there are many others that I have enjoyed: Abel Ferrara,Coppola, Neil Jordan.

Tags: Films, Interest, Others

When I say that I am going to do an American film, I didn't want to suddenly go off into a completely different world that which bears no relation to the style of filmmaking that I'm used to.

Tags: American, Off, Used
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When I was going through puberty, I had all these feelings of being unstable through those years, and being uncontrollably drawn to things of beauty and things that are bad.

Tags: Bad, Beauty, Feelings

When you first hear Mozart's music, your first impression is that it's very alive, but if you peel away the layers, you can hear sorrow and sadness behind it, and that's what I try to be: multi-layered.

Tags: Music, Sadness, Try

The point of revenge is not in the completion but in the process.

Tags: Point, Process, Revenge

A film set is a workplace for me; it's my office, and nobody really wants to be in a stressful work environment.

Tags: Film, Office, Work

If your work requires you to travel, you will understand that there's no vacation destination like home.

Tags: Home, Travel, Work

A priest encounters temptation every day, and some of that desire is very natural.

Tags: Desire, Natural, Temptation

As I grow older I spend more time with my wife, and gradually my interest in the woman's world is growing.

Tags: Time, Wife, Woman

Becoming a vampire means completely changing your identity.

Tags: Identity, Means, Vampire

Certain subjects may no longer be taboo in cinema. But there are ways to treat them that still create shock.

Tags: Create, May, Treat

I am not going to do a film based on a bad scenario just to make a big Hollywood film or work with Hollywood stars.

Tags: Bad, Big, Work

I am sure I am one of 2,000 film directors in the world that Tarantino admires.

Tags: Directors, Film, Sure

I became a film director, but I wasn't successful with my first couple of films, so I had to turn to becoming a film critic to make a living.

Tags: Film, Living, Successful

I believe 'love' is very nice to hear, but it's used so much that it's come to a point where it's almost meaningless.

Tags: Love, Nice, Used

I believe there are more films that involve love and forgiveness than violence, but they often seem fake and are almost embarrassing to watch.

Tags: Fake, Love, Violence

I do like musical films more than big Hollywood films, especially those by Jacques Demi and Vincent Minelli.

Tags: Big, Films, Hollywood

I don't really believe in the auteur theory.

Tags: Theory

I grew up in a very Catholic family. Up until puberty, I would go to a Catholic church every week.

Tags: Family, Until, Week

I guess I probably make violent films partly because I can't express my anger in my real life very well.

Tags: Anger, Life, Real

I hate jeans for no reason.

Tags: Hate, Jeans, Reason

I have always meticulously storyboarded my films from beginning to end.

Tags: Beginning, End, Films

I love Philip Glass' work, not only as a film composer but also as a musician. The film score work that he does always amazes and shocks me.

Tags: Film, Love, Work

I'd like to do a really masculine film.

Tags: Film, Masculine

I'm not the kind of director who aims to send a message out.

Tags: Aims, Director, Message

I've read all of Sarah Waters's novels which have been translated into Korean.

Tags: Korean, Read, Translated

If I want to relax and not do anything, I don't want to leave home.

Tags: Home, Leave, Relax

If you would ask me what my ideal process is, I would say, long pre-production, long production and long post-production.

Tags: Ask, Ideal, Process

In my opinion, all relationships between people have some sort of violence, and it is central.

Tags: Between, Opinion, Violence
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