Park Hoon-jung

Park Hoon-jung (Korean박훈정; Hanja朴勳正) is a South Korean film director and screenwriter. Park first attracted notice within the Korean film industry for writing the screenplays for Kim Jee-woon's I Saw the Devil (2010) and Ryoo Seung-wan's The Unjust (2010).[1] He made his debut as a director in 2011 with the period film The Showdown. With his second film, gangster epic New World (2013), Park scored a critical and commercial success.[2][3][4][5]

Park Hoon-jung
OccupationFilm director, screenwriter
Korean name
Revised RomanizationBak Hun-jeong
McCune–ReischauerPak Hunjŏng


Early careerEdit

Park Hoonjung went to natural science department in College. In the middle of his college years he enlisted to mandatory military service. He then applied for a noncommissioned officer and was discharged as a sergeant five years later. After five years of military leave, he naturally dropped out of college.

At the time of his discharge, he participated in a game scenario contest held by the Venture Association, which was when he was elected and joined a game company as a special recruit. However, the company changed its business course to something else. Park then started another game company with the people he worked with, but the business didn’t go well. In the meantime, he was elected to a synopsis contest hosted by Sidus HQ. That's when Park entered the movie business.[6]

Debut as ScripwriterEdit

He made his breakthrough as a screenwriter for writing the screenplays for Kim Jee-woon's I Saw the Devil (2010) and Ryoo Seung-wan's The Unjust (2010). The two films released in 2010 imprinted the name of 'Park Hoon-jung' in Chungmuro.[7]I Saw the Devil was released in South Korea on August 12, 2010. The film premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival on 21 January 2011.[7][8]It also received screenings at several other international film festivals, including the Fantasporto Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, Sitges Film Festival, San Sebastian Film Festival and the London Korean Film Festival. The movie received mostly favorable review from international movie critics.[7]

The Unjust has screened at numerous film festivals around the world, including the Panorama section of the 61st Berlin International Film Festival,[9] the Hong Kong International Film Festival,[10] the Shanghai International Film Festival,[11] the New York Asian Film Festival,[12] the Fantasia Festival,[13] the Hawaii International Film Festival,[14] the Vladivostok International Film Festival - Pacific Meridian,[15] the Sitges Film Festival,[16] the London Korean Film Festival,[17] and the Udine Far East Film Festival.[18] Park won many awards from his screenplay for The Unjust (2010).

Career as DirectorEdit

His directorial debut was The Showdown in 2011. Since then, he has been praised for pioneering a new path for Korean-style noir with New World.

His subsequent works The Tiger: An Old Hunter's Tale and V.I.P. were disappointing in terms of box office success. In particular, V.I.P., which was released last year, portrayed excessive violence against women.

In 2016 he founded a film production company, 'Geumwol'. The name of the production company is derived from the Chinese characters for the criminal organization 'Goldmoon' in the movie New World. Park said, “There are many well-known works, but not many successful works,” said that he set up the company “to do the work he wanted to make” and “to not feel sorry for the production company when it didn’t do well.”[19]


Year Film Credited as
Director Producer Screenplay
2010 I Saw the Devil Yes
The Unjust Yes
2011 The Showdown Yes Yes
2013 New World Yes Yes
2015 The Tiger: An Old Hunter's Tale Yes Yes
2017 V.I.P. Yes Yes
2018 The Witch: Part 1. The Subversion Yes Yes Yes
2020 Night in Paradise Yes Yes Yes
2022 The Witch : Part 2. The Other One Yes
TBA Sad Tropics Yes

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Nominated Work Result Ref
2011 15th Fantasia International Film Festival Best Screenplay The Unjust Won [20]
5th Asian Film Awards Nominated [21]
47th Baeksang Arts Awards Nominated
48th Grand Bell Awards Nominated
32nd Blue Dragon Film Awards Won [22]
2013 49th Baeksang Arts Awards New World Nominated [23]
Best New Director Nominated
22nd Buil Film Awards Nominated
50th Grand Bell Awards Best Screenplay Nominated
Best Director Nominated
34th Blue Dragon Film Awards Nominated
2016 36th Korea Gold Awards Festival The Tiger: An Old Hunter's Tale Won
Golden Cinematography Awards Won [24]
53rd Grand Bell Awards Best Screenplay Nominated
2017 Fantastic Fest 2017 Best Director - Thriller Features V.I.P Won [25]
2019 39th Fantasporto Film Festival Best Film Orient Express The Witch: Part 1. The Subversion Won [26]
26th Gérardmer International Fantastic Film Festival Syfy Jury Prize Won [27]
2021 42nd Blue Dragon Film Awards Best Director Night in Paradise Nominated [28]


  1. ^ Ryan, Michael (17 July 2011). "Fantasia 2011: Hoon-jung Park's The Unjust a stark vision of Korea's cancerous heart". Sound On Sight. Retrieved 2013-01-08.
  2. ^ Baek, Jong-hyun (18 January 2013). "NEW WORLD Witnesses the Growth of Intense Desire". Korean Film Council. Retrieved 2013-01-21.
  3. ^ Park, Eun-jee (8 February 2013). "Three macho guys find a balance in Park Hoon-jung's latest thriller". Korea JoongAng Daily. Archived from the original on 16 February 2013. Retrieved 2013-02-11.
  4. ^ Lee, Eun-sun (26 February 2013). "PARK Hoon-jung of NEW WORLD "A Film About Gangsters in Politicians' Suits"". Korean Cinema Today. Retrieved 2013-03-10.
  5. ^ "JANG Dong-gun Cast in PARK Hoon-jung's VIP".
  6. ^ "[박훈정] 나는 악독한 작가였다". 씨네21 (in Korean). 2011-02-25. Retrieved 2022-04-23.
  7. ^ a b c "I Saw the Devil (2010)" – via
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-02-19. Retrieved 2011-02-26.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  9. ^ Hong, Lucia (19 January 2011). "Nine Korean films invited to the Berlin International Film Festival". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
  10. ^ Hong, Lucia (21 March 2011). "10 Korean films invited to Hong Kong film fest". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
  11. ^ Hong, Lucia (7 June 2011). "4 Korean movies invited to international film fest in Shanghai". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
  12. ^ Hong, Lucia (3 June 2011). "11 Korean films invited to New York Asian Film Festival". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
  13. ^ Hong, Lucia (8 July 2011). "10 Korean films invited to the Fantasia International Film Festival in Canada". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
  14. ^ Hong, Lucia (2 September 2011). "8 Korean pictures invited to int'l film fest in Hawaii so far". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
  15. ^ Hong, Lucia (1 September 2011). "Several Korean movies invited to int'l film fest in Russia". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
  16. ^ Hong, Lucia (17 October 2011). "Several Korean movies score wins at Spain film festival". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
  17. ^ Hong, Lucia (26 October 2011). "SHINee to perform at the London Korean Film Festival next month". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
  18. ^ Hong, Lucia (9 April 2012). "8 Korean pics invited to 14th Udine Far East Film Festival in Italy". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
  19. ^ "'신세계', '마녀'···박훈정 감독이 말하는 '악이란 무엇인가?'". (in Korean). 2018-07-10. Retrieved 2022-04-23.
  20. ^ Frater, Patrick (9 August 2011). "Asia dominates Fantasia prize list". Film Business Asia. Archived from the original on 23 March 2013. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
  21. ^ "The 5th Asian Film Awards Nomination List Announcement". Asian Film Awards. 20 January 2011. Archived from the original on 22 January 2013. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
  22. ^ "The Unjust takes top prize at Blue Dragon Awards". Korean Film Biz Zone. 29 November 2011. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
  23. ^ Conran, Pierce (9 April 2013). "49th PaekSang Arts Awards Nominations Revealed". Korean Film Council. Retrieved 11 April 2013.
  24. ^ "Golden Cinematography Awards 2016". IMDB.
  25. ^ "Director Park Hoon-jung of 'V.I.P.' wins prize at Fantastic Fest". Yonhap News Agency. October 13, 2017. Retrieved 2017-10-13.
  26. ^ "Fantasporto Awards Ceremony". Youtube. March 5, 2019.
  27. ^ "Gérardmer 2019 : Puppet Master grand vainqueur, The Unthinkable, Aniara et The Witch primés". AlloCiné (in French). February 3, 2019.
  28. ^ Kim Na-ra (November 1, 2021). "제42회 청룡영화상, 후보 발표…류승완 '모가디슈' 최다 부문 노미네이트 [공식]" [42nd Blue Dragon Film Awards, nominations announced... Ryoo Seung-wan 'Mogadishu' Nominated for Most Category [Official]] (in Korean). My Daily. Archived from the original on November 1, 2021. Retrieved November 1, 2021 – via Naver.

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