Korean Filmmaker Kwon-Taek Fond Of SRK’s Work


Panaji: Internationally acclaimed Korean movie director and writer Im Kwon-Taek says he is fond of superstar Shah Rukh Khan’s films.

“I am fond of the work of Shah Rukh Khan and liked Indian movies such as ‘3 Idiots’ and ‘Slumdog Millionaire’,” said Taek, who will be honoured with the prestigious ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ at IFFI 2016 beginning on Sunday.

The filmmaker, who has made a film on Buddha and his reincarnation, would like to co-produce films with India. Kwon-Taek first visited India 20 years ago to attend a festival in Thiruvananthapuram.

“At that time, I felt homesick due to the cultural difference, but once back, I missed the distinct culture of India,” he said.

Regarded as the father of Korean cinema for his long and prolific career Kwon-Taek has been honoured with several national and international awards. On the Lifetime Achievement Award to be given to him at IFFI, Kwon-Taek said he is very happy to receive the honour.

“But, I personally feel that I have not created a masterpiece yet and this award is a message to make better films in the future to come,” the filmmaker said.

In a career spanning more than five decades, he has made over 100 films. Born in 1934 at Jangseong, Jeollanamdo, Kwon-Taek made about 50 movies within a decade, when he studied a variety of film genres including melodrama, musical, action cinema, thriller and comedy from Hollywood and Hong Kong cinema. He was recognised as the leading director of Korean cinema in 1980s.

In 2000s, he directed “Chunhyang” (2000), the first Korean film in the competition of Cannes Film Festival and “Chihwaseon” (2002) that won him the best director award at Cannes.