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Director Bong Joon-ho accepts the award for Best International Feature Film for "Parasite" during the 92nd Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Calif., Feb. 9. The film won four Oscars. AFP-Yonhap
By Kim Rahn

Director Bong Joon-ho is now enjoying the time of life (although I hope he will have even better times ahead), achieving both artistic and commercial success, fame and respect. The winner of four Oscars has left his indelible mark on Korean cinema history.

But it has not always been like this for Bong; he was just a rookie director with several short films under his belt until his 2003 film "Memories of Murder" became a hit. He was lucky to have a chance to make his first feature film "Barking Dogs Never Bite" in 2000 at the age of 31, younger than the age at which most other directors make their debut here, but the film only drew some 100,000 viewers, and was regarded as a box office disaster.

Having a wife and a child, it must have been difficult for........

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