Hong Sang-soo is one of the directors who represent the Korean film industry. Notable among the awards Hong has received are the Prix Un Certain Regard at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival for Hahaha, and the Silver Leopard Award for Best Director at the 2013 Locarno International Film Festival for Our Sunhi.
Hong Sang-soo was born into an affluent family, though his parents divorced when he was in elementary school, and began his film career at Chung-Ang University in South Korea after 10 years serving for the country, before moving to the US where he received his bachelor's degree from the California College of Arts and Crafts (CCAC) and his master's degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Hong made his official directorial debut at age 35 with The Day a Pig Fell into the Well (1996), which was praised by South Korean critics for its originality.
Hong Sang-soo was married in 1985 to
Jo Seong -hye, a college friend of him when he was atttending CCAC.