Bong Joon-ho is a South Korean filmmaker. People who don’t follow international cinema might not know him. Bong Joon is famous for dark humor and complex storytelling. He was among the top 25 best directors of the 21st century.

Recently his film, Parasite won four academy awards in the 92nd Oscars. Parasite also became the first non-English film to win the best feature film. Besides this, the film won Oscars for the best film in a foreign language. Bong Joon also won Oscars for best directing and screenplay. In this article, we are taking a look at some of the lesser-known facts about Bong Joon Ho.

Fascinating Facts About Bong Joon-Ho


Bong Joon was born on 14th September 1969 in the city of Daegu.


Bong Joon had three other siblings and he was the youngest.

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His father was an industrial graphic designer, art director of the National Film Production and professor. He died in 2017.


His mother was a housewife and the second daughter of Korean author Park Taewon.


His wife’s name is Jung Sunyoung.

Bong Joon was an active participant in the South Korean Democracy Movement during his school days.


His second feature film Memories of Murder brought him international acclaims and put him on the map.


He is also among the highest-grossing direct of South Korea. His films The Host and Snowpiercer are the highest-grossing films of all time.


He has received the Palme d’Or award at the Cannes Film Festival of 2019 for ‘Parasite’.

Bong Joon Ho Palme D'Or

Bong Joon Ho is the first director from South Korea to receive the Palme d’Or award.

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Bong’s film Parasite won the best foreign-language film In the 77th Golden Globes Awards.


‘Parasite’ won the best international film at the 92nd Academy Award.

Bong Joon Ho Oscars
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Bong Joon’s film Parasite won 3 Oscars at 92nd Academy Awards. (Best international film, best film and best original screenplay)

Parasite Oscars
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Bong Joon won the best director for Parasite at the 92nd Academy Awards.

Bong Joon ho Facts

He is among the best directors of the 21st century.


He has served a two-year term in the military before returning to college in 1992.


Bong Joon has co-founded a film club named Yellow Door with students from neighboring universities

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Bong Joon has graduated from Yonsei University in 1995.



In the early 1990s, Bong completed a two-year program at the Korean Academy of Film Arts. He also collaborated on several works with his classmates


Most notably as cinematographer on the highly acclaimed short 2001 Imagine. This film was directed by his friend Jang Joon-Hwan

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His film Parasite has received widespread critical acclaim and earned $115 million at the worldwide box office. This film also became the highest-grossing release.


So here you have it guys, some of the most fascinating Bong Joon Ho Facts. Have you seen the movie Parasite yet?



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