Director of visually stunning, brutal films such as Oldboy, Thirst, and Joint Security Area.
He studied philosophy at Sogang University where he started a film club called the Sogang Film Community.
He was a noted film critic with several publications to his name.
His brother Park Chan-kyong was also a director.
He was admired by Pulp Fiction director Quentin Tarantino who pushed for Oldboy to win the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival.