The Info List - Im Kwon-taek

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IM KWON-TAEK (born May 2, 1936) is one of South Korea
South Korea
's most renowned film directors. In an active and prolific career, his films have won many domestic and international film festival awards as well as considerable box-office success, and helped bring international attention to the Korean film industry. As of spring 2015, he has directed 102 films.


* 1 Early life * 2 Career * 3 Personal life * 4 Filmography * 5 Awards * 6 Notes * 7 See also * 8 External links and references


Im Kwon-taek was born in Jangseong
, Jeollanam-do and grew up in Gwangju
. After the Korean War
Korean War
, he moved to Busan
in search of work. He then moved to Seoul
in 1956, where Jeong Chang-hwa , director of Five Fingers of Death
Five Fingers of Death
(1972), offered him room and board for work as a production assistant. Jeong recommended him for directing in 1961 .


Im's directorial premiere was with the 1962 film, Farewell to the Duman River (Dumanganga jal itgeola).

Before 1980 he was known primarily as a commercial filmmaker who could efficiently direct as many as eight genre pictures a year, helping to fulfill the quota for domestic pictures set by the government . His desire to make more artistically satisfying films began to show itself with his 1978 film Jokbo (Genealogy or The Family Tree), but the turning point of his career came with the 1981 film Mandala . From this point his films have been regarded as art-house cinema , and have been regularly shown at international film festivals, and have won numerous awards.

Im has continued to explore themes from Korea's past while also focusing on the Korean cultural identity in modern times. Among Im's most notable recent films are Sopyonje (1993) and Chunhyang (2000), both of which concentrate on the traditional Korean musical art of pansori . The latter film was also based on a traditional Korean legend. Apart from being a critical success, Sopyonje was also a success at the box office, becoming the first domestic film to draw over a million viewers in Seoul
alone. Chihwaseon (2002) was also a critical success, earning him Korea's first Best Director award at the Cannes Film Festival
Cannes Film Festival
. Im Kwon-taek was awarded an honorary Golden Bear award at the Berlin Film Festival
Berlin Film Festival
in 2005.

Im Kwon-taek's status, brought on by the critical success of his films, overlapped with a period of the film movement called "New Korean Cinema" or "Korean New Wave". Along with other directors, such as Park Gwang-su and Jang Sun-woo , Im is recognized as one of the founding figures of the movement, which gained international critical recognition and acclaim for Korean Cinema.

In April 2007, Im released his 100th film Beyond the Years , an informal sequel to Sopyonje. In November 2007 the French government announced that it would make Im a knight of the French Legion of Honor .

In 2013, a museum dedictated to Im opened in Busan, on the Dongseo University Centum City Campus .

A documentary on Im, Im Kwon-taek Project (2017) by well-known film critic-turned-director Jung Sung-il , is expected to be released in the second half of 2017.


He married the actress Chae Ryeong, who appeared in several of his films. Their two sons Im Dong-joon and Im Dong-jae (the latter uses the stage name Kwon Hyun-sang ) are also active in the film industry.




Films in the 1960s

1962 두만강아 잘 있거라

Dumanganga jal itgeola Farewell to the Duman River

전쟁과 노인

Jeonjaenggwa noin Old Man in the Combat Zone The War and an Old Man

1963 남자는 안팔려

Namjaneun anpallyeo Actors Disguised as Women


Mangbuseog A Wife Turned to Stone


Shinmungo The Throne Memorial Drum

욕망의 결산

Yogmangui gyeolsan The End of Desire

1964 십자매 선생

Shibjamae seonsaeng Father of Ten Daughters


Danjang lok The Prince's Revolt

단골 지각생

Dangol jikaksaeng The Latecomer


Shibnyeon sedo The Ten-Year Rule

영화 마마

Yeonghwa mama Queen Yongwha's Avenger

1965 빗 속에 지다

Bitsoke jida Death of an Informer

왕과 상노

Wanggwa sangno A Bogus Nobleman

1966 전쟁과 여교사

Jeonjaenggwa yeogyosa Schoolmistress on the Battlefield

법창을 울린 옥이

Beobchangeul ullin oki Miss Ok and the Divided Court

나는 왕이다

Naneum wang-ida I Am a King


Nilniri A Triangle in Noble Families


Cheongsa choryong The Feudal Tenant

1967 풍운의 검객

Pungunui geomgaek Swordsmen


Manghyang cheonri A Wife Retrieved

1968 요화 장희빈

Yohwa Jang Huibin Femme Fatale, Jang Hee-bin

바람 같은 사나이

Baramgateun sanai A Man Called the Wind

몽녀 夢女 Mongnyeo The Waking Woman

돌아온 왼손잡이

Dolaon winsonjabi Return from the Sea Return of the Left-Handed Man

Sanai samdae Three Generations of Men

1969 비나리는 고모령

Binaerineun gomoryeong Best Friends and Their Wives Rain on Gomo Bridge

상해 탈출

Shanghai talchul Escape from Shanghai


Shiboya Night of the Full Moon


Roegeom Thunder Sword

황야의 독수리

Hwangyaui doksori Eagle of the Plains

신세 좀 지자구요

Shinse jom jijaguyo Would You Help

Films in the 1970s

1970 월하의 검

Wolhaui geom Swords Under the Moon

애꾸눈 박

Aeggunun Park One-Eyed Mr. Park

이슬 맞은 백일홍

Iseulmajeun baekilhong Unmarried Mother

비나리는 선창가

Binaerineun seonchangga A Vagabond's Story

그여자를 쫓아라

Geu yeojareul jjochara A Woman Pursued

밤차로 온 사나이

Bamcharo on sanai Man on the Night Train


Bigeom The Flying Sword

속눈썹이 긴 여자

Soknunseobi kin yeoja A Snapshot and a Murder

1971 원한의 거리에 눈이 내린다

Wonhanui geori nuni naerinda Snowing on Grudge Street

30년만의 대결

30 nyeonmanui daegyeol The 30-Year Showdown

원한의 두 꼽추

Weonhan ui tu kkobchu Revenge of Two Sons

나를 더 이상 괴롭히지 마라

Nareul deoisang goerobhiji mara In Search of the Secret Agent Don't Torture Me Anymore


Yogeom Swordswoman

둘째 어머니

Duljjae eomeoni A Stepmother's Heartache

1972 명동 삼국지

Myeongdong samgukji Gangsters of Myeongdong Whirl of Betrayals on Myeongdong

명동 잔혹사

Myeongdong janhoksa Cruelty on the Streets of Myeongdong

돌아온 자와 떠나야 할 자

Dolaon jawa ddeonaya hal ja Arrivals and Departures One Returns and the Other Leaves

삼국대협 三國大俠 Samguk daehyeob Seize the Precious Sword


Janganmyeonggi obaekwa Five Hostesses for the Resistance


Daechugyeok Pursuit of the Bandits The Big Chase


Jabcho The Deserted Widow Weeds

증언 證言 Jeungeon The Testimony

1974 아내들의 행진 아내들의 行進 Anaedeului haengjin Wives on Parade

울지 않으리

Ulji aneuri I'll Never Cry Again


Yeonhwa The Hidden Princess

연화 2

Yeonhwa 2 The Hidden Princess, Part 2

왜 그랬던가

Wae guraetdeonga Who and Why?

1975 어제 오늘 그리고 내일

Eoje, oneul, geurigo naeil Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

1976 왕십리

Wangshibri A Byegone Romance Wang Sib Ri, My Hometown

맨발의 눈길

Maenbalui nunkil Overcome by Misfortunes Barefoot In The Snow

낙동강은 흐르는가 洛東江은 흐르는가 Nakdongkaneun heureuneunga Commando on the Nakdong River


Anae Wife The Industrious Wife

1977 옥례기

Okryegi The Virtuous Woman The Life of Okrye

임진왜란과 계월향 壬辰倭亂과 桂月香 Imjinrangwa gyewolhyang Madame Kye in the Imjin War

1978 상록수 常綠樹 Sangroksu The Evergreen Tree

가깝고도 먼 길

Gaggabgodo meon kil Near Yet Far Away

1979 내일 또 내일

Naeil ddo naeil Again Tomorrow

족보 族譜 Jokbo The Genealogy The Family Pedigree

저 파도 위에 엄마 얼굴이

Jeo padowie eoma eolguli The Little Adventurer

깃발없는 기수 깃발없는 旗手 Gitbaleobtneun gisu The Hidden Hero No Glory

신궁 神弓 Shingung The Divine Bow

Films in the 1980s

1980 복부인

Bokbuin The Wealthy Woman Mrs. Speculator


Jagko Pursuit of Death

1981 만다라

Mandala Mandala

1982 아벤고 공수 군단

Abenko gongsu gundan Abenko Green Berets

우상의 눈물

Woosangui nunmul High School Tears Tears of the Idol

오염된 자식들

Oyeomdoen jashikdeul The Polluted One

안개 마을

Angae maeul Village in the Mist

나비 품에서 울었다

Nabipumeseo uleotda In the Bosom of a Butterfly

1983 불의 딸

Bului dal Daughter of the Flames

1984 흐르는 강물을 어찌 막으랴

Heureuneun gangmuleul eojji makeorya The Eternal Flow You Can't Stop a River

1985 길소뜸

Gilsoddeum Gilsoddeum

1986 티켓

Ticket Ticket


Sibaji The Surrogate Woman

1987 아다다

Adada Adada


Yeonsan ilgi Diary of King Yeonsan

1989 아제 아제 바라 아제

Aje aje bara aje Come Come Come Upward

Films in the 1990s

1990 장군의 아들 將軍의 아들 Janggunui adeul General\'s Son

1991 장군의 아들 2 將軍의 아들 2 Janggunui adeul II The General\'s Son II

개벽 開闢 Gaebyeok Fly High Run Far

1992 장군의 아들 3 將軍의 아들 3 Janggunui adeul III The General\'s Son III

1993 서편제 西便制 Seopyeonje Seopyeonje

1994 태백산맥 太白山脈 Taebaek sanmaek The Taebaek Mountains

1996 축제 祝祭 Chukje Festival

1997 창 娼 Chang Downfall Chang

Films since 2000

2000 춘향뎐 春香傳 Chunhyang Chunhyang

2002 취화선 醉畵仙 Chihwaseon Painted Fire

2004 하류인생 下流人生 Haryu insaeng Low Life

2007 천년학 千年鶴 Cheonnyeonhak Beyond the Years

2011 달빛 길어올리기

Dalbit Gireoolligi Hanji

2014 화장

Hwajang Revivre


* Asian Film Awards :

* Lifetime Achievement Award

* Asia Pacific Film Festival

* Special
Jury Award Chunhyang (2000) * Best Director and Best Film Sibaji (1987)

* Berlin International Film Festival

* Golden Bear
Golden Bear
: Gilsoddeum (nominated) (1986 ) * Golden Bear: The Taebaek Mountains (nominated) (1995 ) * Honorary Golden Berlin Bear (2005)

* Cannes Film Festival
Cannes Film Festival

* Best Director Chihwaseon (2002)

* Grand Bell Awards
Grand Bell Awards
(Korea), Best Director

* Testimony (Jungon) (1974) * Jokbo (Genealogy/Family Tree) (1979) * Mandala (1981) * Ticket (1986) * Yeonsan ilgi (Diary of King Yonsan) (1988)

* Hankuk Play and Film Arts Awards (Korea), Best Director

* Wangshibri (A Byegone Romance) (1976) * Nakdongkaneun heureuneunga (Commando on the Nakdong River) (1976) * Angae maeul (Village in the Mist) (1983)

* Hawaii International Film Festival

* Best Feature Film Chunhyang (2000)

* International Film Festival of India

* Lifetime Achievement Award

* Korean Film Critics Awards , Best Director

* Gilsoddeum (Gilsodom) (1986) * Ticket (1986)

* 16th Moscow International Film Festival

* Golden St. George: Come Come Come Upward (1989) (nominated)

* Pusan International Film Festival
Pusan International Film Festival

* Netpac Award Chunhyang (2000)

* San Francisco International Film Festival

* Akira Kurosawa Award (1998)

* Shanghai International Film Festival
Shanghai International Film Festival

* Golden Goblet - Best Director Seopyeonje (1993)

* Singapore International Film Festival
Singapore International Film Festival

* 2001 Silver Screen Award - Best Asian Director Chunhyang (2000) * 2014 Silver Screen Award - Honorary Award


* ^ Yang, Sung-jin. "Great filmmaker Im to get French Legion of Honor". naver.com. Retrieved 2007-12-04. * ^ Lee, Hyo-won (2007-11-28). "France to Award Director Im Kwon-taek". The Korea Times . Archived from the original on February 14, 2012. Retrieved 2007-12-04. * ^ http://www.hancinema.net/new-museum-focuses-exclusively-on-im-kwon-taek-54454.html * ^ Conran, Pierce (22 February 2017). "Documentary on IM Kwon-taek Seeks Crowdfunding Support". Korean Film Biz Zone. Retrieved 2017-03-30. * ^ Kim, Jessica (16 July 2010). "Director Lim Kwon-taek and wife walk PiFan red carpet". 10Asia. Retrieved 2013-07-06. * ^ "Im Kwon-taek\'s Son Follows Dad into Showbiz". The Chosun Ilbo . 11 August 2010. Retrieved 2013-07-06. * ^ Filmography from "임권택 (Kwon-Taek Lim / 林權澤)". mydvdlist.co.kr (in Korean). Retrieved 2007-11-19. ; Im Kwon-taek on IMDb
and James, David E.; Kim Kyung-hyun, eds. (2002). Im Kwon-Taek: The Making of a Korean National Cinema. Detroit: Wayne State University Press. ISBN 0-8143-2869-5 . * ^ "Berlinale: 1986 Programme". berlinale.de. Retrieved 2011-01-16. * ^ "Berlinale: 1995 Programme". berlinale.de. Retrieved 2011-12-31. * ^ "Festival de Cannes: Chi-hwa-seon". festival-cannes.com. Retrieved 2009-10-24. * ^ "Im Kwon Taek likes Shahrukh Khan\'s work". Hindustan Times
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Wikimedia Commons has media related to IM KWON-TAEK .

* Beech, Hannah (June 3, 2002). "The Unbearable Sadness of Being Korean". Time . Retrieved 2007-11-17. * Page about the Korean New Wave at asianinfo.org * Biography and interview at cinekorea.com * Crow, Jonathan. "Im Kwon-Taek: Biography". Allmovie
. Retrieved 2007-11-03. * Im Kwon-taek on IMDb
* Interview: Reflection In A Mirror at asianfilms.org * James, David E.; Kim Kyung-hyun, eds. (2002). Im Kwon-Taek: The Making of a Korean National Cinema. Detroit: Wayne State University Press. ISBN 0-8143-2869-5 . * Lee, Young-il (1988). The History of Korean Cinema. Motion Picture Promotion Corporation. ISBN 89-88095-12-X . , p. 342-343. * (in Korean) Naver Cast - Im Kwon-taek * (in Korean) Doosan Encyclopedia - Im Kwon-taek

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Films directed by Im Kwon-taek

* Farewell to the Duman River (1962) * Femme Fatale, Jang Hee-bin (1968) * The Genealogy (1979) * The Hidden Hero (1979) * Mandala (1981) * Gilsoddeum (1986) * Ticket (1986) * The Surrogate Woman (1987) *