Set in the countryside of Hwaseong in the mid 1980’s and drawing on the famous case of Korean’s first-ever serial murders, Bong’s film is a masterly reworking of this historic crime centring on the bungled police investigation—which identifies a left-leaning student turned manual labourer as the prime suspect whilst shining a critical spotlight on Korea’s own authoritarian past.

Bong Joon Ho was born in Daegu, South Korea in 1969 and is a film director and screenwriter best known for the films Okja, Snowpiercer and Memories of Murder. His new film Parasite won the Palme d’Or Award at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.