SEOUL, October 18, 2011 — Im Kwon-taek is one of Korea’s most renowned film directors, one whose films have won many domestic and international awards, among them an honorary Golden Bear award at the Berlin International Film Festival in 2005 and the Best Director award at the Cannes Film Festival (for Chihwaseon, 2002).
Im has produced and directed over 100 films since 1962, and helped bring international renown to Korean cinema. His rise to critical and commercial prominence overlapped with the film movement known variously as "New Korean Cinema" or "Korean New Wave." Im is recognized as one of the founding figures of that movement, which won worldwide critical recognition and acclaim for the Korean film industry.
In November 2007 the French government announced that it would name Im a Knight of the French Legion of Honor.
It was a true honor for Asia Society Korea Center to host Im and hear his experiences and views about Korean cinema.
Im will also be speaking at Asia Society Korea Center’s Korean Wave Initiative event at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles on November 16. The October 18 luncheon lecture was a prelude to that event. Please visit www.asiasociety.org/koreanwave for more information.