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Lee Isaac Chung is a Director, Writer, Producer, Director of Photography, Editor and Cinematography American born on 19 october 1978 at Denver (USA)

Lee Isaac Chung

Lee Isaac Chung
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Birth name Lee Isaac Chung
Nationality USA
Birth 19 october 1978 (42 years) at Denver (USA)

Lee Isaac Chung (October 19, 1978) is a Korean American film director and screenwriter. His debut feature Munyurangabo (2007) was an Official Selection at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival. The first narrative feature film in the Kinyarwanda language, the film was an Official Selection at the Cannes Film Festival, the Berlin Film Festival, the Toronto International Film Festival, the Busan International Film Festival. American critic Roger Ebert calls it "in every frame a beautiful and powerful film — a masterpiece."
For the film, Chung was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award and the Breakthrough Director Award at the Gotham Awards.

Biography

Lee Isaac Chung was born October 19, 1978 in Denver, Colorado and grew up on a small farm in rural Arkansas. His family comes from South Korea. He attended Yale University to study Biology. At Yale, with exposure to world cinema in his senior year, he dropped his plans for medical school to pursue filmmaking.

His directorial debut, the Rwanda-set Munyurangabo, premiered at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival (Official Selection: Un Certain Regard) to great acclaims. A collaboration with students at an international relief base in Kigali and an intimate story about the friendship between two boys in the aftermath of the Rwandan Genocide, the film has played as an official selection at top film festivals worldwide, including the Busan International Film Festival, the Toronto International Film Festival, the Berlin International Film Festival, the Rotterdam International Film Festival, Roger Ebert's Ebertfest, and AFI Fest in Hollywood, where it won the festival's Grand Prize. It was an official selection of the New Directors/New Films series at New York's Lincoln Center and the Museum of Modern Art. For the film, Chung was an nominee at the Independent Spirit Awards ("Someone to Watch," 2008) and the Gotham Awards.

Roger Ebert calls Munyurangabo "in every frame a beautiful and powerful film — a masterpiece.". In his 2007 Cannes Film Festival review, Variety critic Robert Koehler describes it as "by several light years -- the finest and truest film yet on the moral and emotional repercussions of the 15-year-old genocide that wracked Rwanda." Writing in Film Comment, the late critic Robin Wood similarly described the film as "a masterpiece" and "an authentically beautiful film."

According to the New York Times, prior to the making of Munyurangabo, director Lee Isaac Chung’s wife Valerie, an art therapist, had traveled to Rwanda as a volunteer to work with those affected by the 1994 genocide. At her urging, Chung accompanied her to Rwanda and volunteered to teach a filmmaking class at a relief base in Kigali in the summer of 2006. Sensing an opportunity to present the contemporary reality of Rwanda and to provide his students with practical film training, Chung arrived with a nine-page outline which he had written with the help of old friend (and the film's eventual co-producer and co-writer) Samuel Gray Anderson. Chung shot Munyurangabo over 11 days, working with a team of nonprofessional actors Chung found through local orphanages and his students as crew members.

Chung's second film, Lucky Life (2010), was developed with the support of Kodak Film and the Cinéfondation at the Cannes Film Festival. Inspired by the poetry of Gerald Stern, the film premiered at the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival in New York and has screened at festivals worldwide.

In addition to filmmaking, Lee Isaac Chung mentors young Rwandan filmmakers through Almond Tree Rwanda, the Rwandan outpost for his U.S.-based production company, Almond Tree Films. Almond Tree Rwanda has produced several highly regarded shorts that have traveled to international festivals.

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Filmography of Lee Isaac Chung (3 films)

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Director

Minari
Minari (2021)
, 1h55
Directed by Lee Isaac Chung
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Actors Steven Yeun, Will Patton, Han Ye-ri, Scott Haze, Darryl Cox
Rating73% 3.6556953.6556953.6556953.6556953.655695
Souhaitant vivre le « rêve américain », Jacob (Steven Yeun), un homme d'origine coréenne, décide de s'installer avec sa famille dans l'Arkansas dans l'espoir de bâtir une ferme. Mais l'intégration sera plus difficile que prévue.
Munyurangabo, 1h37
Directed by Lee Isaac Chung
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Rating66% 3.3436453.3436453.3436453.3436453.343645
After stealing a machete from a market in Kigali, Munyurangabo and his friend Sangwa leave the city to return to their village. Munyurangabo seeks justice for his parents, who were killed in the genocide, while Sangwa wants to return to the home he left years ago. Although the two boys had planned to stay only a few hours, they end up spending several days. But, because they are from two different tribes, their friendship is sorely tried. Sangwa's parents distrust Munyurangabo, and warn their son that Hutus and Tutsis are supposed to be enemies.

Scriptwriter

Minari
Minari (2021)
, 1h55
Directed by Lee Isaac Chung
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Actors Steven Yeun, Will Patton, Han Ye-ri, Scott Haze, Darryl Cox
Roles Writer
Rating73% 3.6556953.6556953.6556953.6556953.655695
Souhaitant vivre le « rêve américain », Jacob (Steven Yeun), un homme d'origine coréenne, décide de s'installer avec sa famille dans l'Arkansas dans l'espoir de bâtir une ferme. Mais l'intégration sera plus difficile que prévue.
With a Girl of Black Soil, 1h29
Directed by Jeon Soo-il
Origin Coree du sud
Genres Drama
Actors Kang Soo-yeon, Yoo Yeon-mi
Rating69% 3.471733.471733.471733.471733.47173
Dans un village minier de la province de Kangwon, la petite Young-lim, neuf ans, vit avec son père et son frère. Elle aime chanter des comptines, danser devant la télévision et jouer avec son grand frère, un peu attardé. Mais lorsque son père se retrouve sans emploi pour raisons de santé, son univers s'en trouve bouleversé. Elle doit alors s'occuper seule de son frère et du foyer familial. A sa manière.
Munyurangabo, 1h37
Directed by Lee Isaac Chung
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Roles Writer
Rating66% 3.3436453.3436453.3436453.3436453.343645
After stealing a machete from a market in Kigali, Munyurangabo and his friend Sangwa leave the city to return to their village. Munyurangabo seeks justice for his parents, who were killed in the genocide, while Sangwa wants to return to the home he left years ago. Although the two boys had planned to stay only a few hours, they end up spending several days. But, because they are from two different tribes, their friendship is sorely tried. Sangwa's parents distrust Munyurangabo, and warn their son that Hutus and Tutsis are supposed to be enemies.

Producer

Minari
Minari (2021)
, 1h55
Directed by Lee Isaac Chung
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Actors Steven Yeun, Will Patton, Han Ye-ri, Scott Haze, Darryl Cox
Roles Producer
Rating73% 3.6556953.6556953.6556953.6556953.655695
Souhaitant vivre le « rêve américain », Jacob (Steven Yeun), un homme d'origine coréenne, décide de s'installer avec sa famille dans l'Arkansas dans l'espoir de bâtir une ferme. Mais l'intégration sera plus difficile que prévue.
Munyurangabo, 1h37
Directed by Lee Isaac Chung
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Roles Producer
Rating66% 3.3436453.3436453.3436453.3436453.343645
After stealing a machete from a market in Kigali, Munyurangabo and his friend Sangwa leave the city to return to their village. Munyurangabo seeks justice for his parents, who were killed in the genocide, while Sangwa wants to return to the home he left years ago. Although the two boys had planned to stay only a few hours, they end up spending several days. But, because they are from two different tribes, their friendship is sorely tried. Sangwa's parents distrust Munyurangabo, and warn their son that Hutus and Tutsis are supposed to be enemies.

Cameraman

Munyurangabo, 1h37
Directed by Lee Isaac Chung
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Roles Director of Photography
Rating66% 3.3436453.3436453.3436453.3436453.343645
After stealing a machete from a market in Kigali, Munyurangabo and his friend Sangwa leave the city to return to their village. Munyurangabo seeks justice for his parents, who were killed in the genocide, while Sangwa wants to return to the home he left years ago. Although the two boys had planned to stay only a few hours, they end up spending several days. But, because they are from two different tribes, their friendship is sorely tried. Sangwa's parents distrust Munyurangabo, and warn their son that Hutus and Tutsis are supposed to be enemies.

Editor

Munyurangabo, 1h37
Directed by Lee Isaac Chung
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Roles Editor
Rating66% 3.3436453.3436453.3436453.3436453.343645
After stealing a machete from a market in Kigali, Munyurangabo and his friend Sangwa leave the city to return to their village. Munyurangabo seeks justice for his parents, who were killed in the genocide, while Sangwa wants to return to the home he left years ago. Although the two boys had planned to stay only a few hours, they end up spending several days. But, because they are from two different tribes, their friendship is sorely tried. Sangwa's parents distrust Munyurangabo, and warn their son that Hutus and Tutsis are supposed to be enemies.

Team

Munyurangabo, 1h37
Directed by Lee Isaac Chung
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Roles Cinematography
Rating66% 3.3436453.3436453.3436453.3436453.343645
After stealing a machete from a market in Kigali, Munyurangabo and his friend Sangwa leave the city to return to their village. Munyurangabo seeks justice for his parents, who were killed in the genocide, while Sangwa wants to return to the home he left years ago. Although the two boys had planned to stay only a few hours, they end up spending several days. But, because they are from two different tribes, their friendship is sorely tried. Sangwa's parents distrust Munyurangabo, and warn their son that Hutus and Tutsis are supposed to be enemies.