Cinematographer Chung Chung-hoon at the KCCUK
After a first quarter 2014 dedicated to screenwriter-director Park Hoon-jung, the Korean Cultural Centre UK will crack on with a second quarter dedicated to talented cinematographer Chung Chung-hoon.
One of the world’s most inventive cinematographer, he is clearly very in demand, and his work includes some of the best movies that ever came out of Korea.
Six of those are being screened at the KCCUK:
- Sympathy for Lady Vengeance (2005) by Park Chan-wook on Thursday April 10, 7pm;
- Antarctic Journal (2005) by Yim Pil-sung on Thursday April 24, 7pm;
- I’m a Cyborg, But That’s OK (2006) by Park Chan-wook on Thursday May 15, 7pm;
- Stoker (2013) by Park Chan-wook followed by a Q&A on Thursday May 29, 7pm;
- Blades of Blood (2010) by Lee Joon-ik on Thursday June 12, 7pm;
- Thirst (2009) by Park Chan-wook on Thursday June 26, 7pm.
Named as one of the ‘10 cinematographers to watch in 2013’ by Hollywood publication Variety, Chung had a tough early career although his debut feature was invited to Cannes. Due to a strict hierarchy in the camera department, he struggled to be accepted as he directly started off as a director of photography. When his encounter with Park Chan-wook led to the creation of Oldboy, his career was definitely on track and the two filmmakers developed a long-lasting work relationship that would give birth to four more feature films. The latest of those is Stoker, the English language feature debut for both of them, allowing him to rise to international fame.
After experience tighter schedule and budgets of independent films in the United States, he has been signed on by a Hollywood agency. He is currently actively pursuing his early career in Hollywood, learning English, making connections and reading lots of scripts. Yet, he is always open to travel wherever there is a good project to work on.