송강호: Song Kang-ho

Dec 7 – Jan 13, 2024

Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance (복수는 나의 것), 2002 

Moving the world really means moving one person’s heart, not the world itself.”—Song Kang-ho 
No words can do justice to the incomparable legacy of Song Kang-ho, one of the most prominent figures in the history of Korean cinema. In the span of three decades, Song Kang-ho has cultivated unprecedented trajectories in his practice, illuminating new possibilities of cinema as an art form and beyond, while contributing to the expansion of Korean cinema since his debut in the mid-1990s.  
Born in 1967, Song aspired to become an actor as young as age 15, realizing his dream by joining a theatre company in his early 20s. Song made his film debut in 1996 at the dawn of the renaissance of Korean cinema, and has remained incredibly prolific, crafting a remarkable array of work.  
A master of versatility, Song employs negative space in his artistry, resisting the urge to convey his characters in linear, conventional ways. His insight transcends the boundaries of acting, resembling that of a director, with extensive knowledge of filmmaking elements and the importance of their harmony as the collective force to create good cinema. 
The Academy Museum is honored to present the first retrospective series of Song Kang-ho, celebrating his dynamic career and his genuine love for cinema. 

Programmed and notes by Hyesung ii. 
This series is made possible by a grant from the Korea Foundation.
Community partnership support provided by Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment, Gold House, GYOPO, Korean Cultural Center Los Angeles, Koreatown Youth and Community Center, and UCLA Center for Korean Studies.

Academy Museum film programming generously funded by the Richard Roth Foundation.

Donors to the Academy Museum’s fund in support of Asian and AAPI programming include Esther S. M. Chui-Chao, East West Bank, Julia and Ken Gouw, and Dr. Peter Lam Kin Ngok of Media Asia Groups Holdings Limited.