bong joon-ho (korean: 봉준호, korean pronunciation: [poːŋ tɕuːnho → poːŋdʑunɦo]; born september 14, 1969) is a south korean filmmaker. his films feature social themes, genre-mixing, black humor, and sudden mood shifts. in 2017, metacritic ranked bong 13th on its list of the 25 best film directors of the 21st century.
bong first gained recognition for his second feature film, the crime drama memories of murder (2003), before achieving commercial success with his subsequent films, the monster film the host (2006), dystopian thriller snowpiercer (2013) and the black comedy parasite (2019), which are among the highest-grossing films in south korea.
two of his films have screened in competition at the cannes film festival—okja in 2017 and parasite in 2019, the latter of which earned the first palme d'or for a south korean film. for parasite, bong received academy awards for best picture, best director, best original screenplay, and, on behalf of south korea, best international feature film.