Lee Chang-dong graduated in 1980 with a degree in Korean Literature from Kyungpook National University in Daegu.
In 1983 Lee established himself as a renowned novelist with his fi rst novel ‘Chonri’. Later in his career he turned to movie making, penning two screenplays, To the Starry Island (1993) and A Single Spark (1995). Deciding to move into directing, Lee made Green Fish (1997), and in 2000, Peppermint Candy. All of his films have received critical acclaim and awards, including Oasis, which won the prestigious Director’s Award at the 2003 Venice Film Festival. From 2003 to 2004, Lee Chang-dong served as the minister of Culture and Tourism in the Republic of Korea Government.