Bong Joon-ho

Bong Joon-ho

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Updated On September 27, 2022
Daegu, South Korea
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Daegu, South Korea

Bong Joon-ho is a film director, producer, and screenwriter from South Korea. Bong Joon-ho first gained recognition and gained a huge fan following with his directorial debut film, the black comedy Barking Dogs Never Bite (2000).

Early Life

Bong Joon-ho was born in Daegu, South Korea on September 14, 1969. According to his birthdate, he is 53 years old (as of 2022) under the zodiac sign Virgo. Joon Ho holds Korean nationality while his ethnicity is unknown.

Regarding his family background, Bong Joon-ho was born to Bong Sang Gyun (Father) and Park So-Young (Mother). His mother worked as a full-time housewife while his father was a first-generation industrial designer, professor of art at Yeungnam University, and head of the art department at the National Film Institute.

Moreover, His grandfather, Park Taewon, was a well-known South Korean author. His older, sister Bong Ji-hee teaches fashion styling at Anyang University, and his older brother, Bong Joon-soo teaches English at Seoul National University.

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Caption: Bong Joon-ho with his family source: HanCinema.


Speaking of his educational background, Bong Joon-ho attended Yonsei University, where he studied sociology and worked in the campus newspaper, drawing cartoons in support of the pro-democracy movement.

He graduated in 1993 after serving two years of compulsory military service. Joon-ho then enrolled at the Korean Academy of Film Arts, where he learned about all aspects of filmmaking.

Personal Life

Regarding his personal life, Bong Joon-ho has been married to the screenwriter Jung Sun-young since 1995. Together they were blessed with a son, Hyo-min. Hyo-min, their son, is also a filmmaker who directed the web film Wedding Ceremony (2017).


Talking about his career, After graduating, Bong Joon-ho began to work as a variety of other film directors’ assistants. In the 1997 movie Motel Cactus, directed by Park Ki-Yong, he received credit as an associate director and a screenwriter.

For the action thriller “Phantom the Submarine,” released in 1999, he received scripting credit. His first major motion picture was the 2000 dark comedy “Barking Dogs Never Bite.”

The movie had its world premiere at the San Sebastian International Film Festival and went on to win prizes at the Slamdance and Hong Kong Film Festivals. Memories of Murder, his second film, released in 2003.

The movie about a real-life serial killer had its world premiere in “San Sebastian” and went on to win three prizes. The ‘Influenza’ and ‘Twentidentity’ parts were directed by Joon-ho.

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Caption: Bong Joon-ho directing a film source: Little White Lies.

Then, in 2008, he worked with Michel Gondry and Leos Carax on the triptych film “Tokyo!” Mother, his fourth movie, had its world premiere at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival. The protagonist is a devoted mother who fights valiantly to save her crippled child from a murder charge.

The film won three honors at the “Asian Film Awards” and was a critical hit.

More about his career

The 2011 anthology movie “3.11 A Sense of Home” featured a section that was directed by Joon-ho. The series was developed by 21 directors as a reaction to the earthquake and tsunami that had struck Japan that year.

In 2013, he produced and directed Snowpiercer, an English-language adaptation of Jean-Marc Rochette and Jacques Lob’s science fiction action novel “Le Transperceneige.

“The movie “Okja,” directed by Joon-ho, is about a little girl who risks everything to keep her best friend Okja, a mystical beast, from being taken away by a global corporation, was released in 2017. At the “Cannes Film Festival” that year, the film was in competition for the Palme d’Or.

Net Worth

Bong Joon-ho has earned a huge amount of money through his hard work and brilliance. His estimated net worth in 2022 is around $30 million. However, Joon-ho has not collaborated with any brands till now.


Bong Joon-ho has won many awards throughout his career. In 2003, he won the Asian Film Award, Altadis New Director Award, and Best Director Award for the movie Memories of Murder. He earned the Orient Express Award for Best Asian Film in 2006 for the movie The Host.

In 2009, Joon-ho was awarded SIGNIS Award for the movie Mother. He earned the Best Film and Best Director awards for the movie Snowpiercer in 2013.

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Caption: Bong Joon-ho holding a Hollywood Filmmaker Award source: SoundCloud.

Likewise, Joon-ho won the Palme d’Or for the movie Okja in 2017. In the year 2020, he won numerous awards for the movie Parasite. The award includes Grand Prize – Film, Best International Film – Cinema, Best Film, Best Original Screenplay,  White Crane Award, and Hollywood Filmmaker Award.

Body Measurements

Bong Joon-ho is very handsome and attractive, undoubtedly. He has a perfect height of about 6 feet (1.83 m) and weighs about 57 kg (130 lbs). In addition, Joon-ho has brown pair of eyes and black hair color.

Social Media

Regarding his social media presence, Bong Joon-ho is active on his Instagram account @bong_joon_ho with 1,959 followers. He also has 1.7K followers on his Facebook fan page @봉준호 / Joon-ho Bong.


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