Quick Facts of

  • First NameBong Joon-ho
  • Net Worth $165.4 million
  • Career Director, and screenwriter               

Bong Joon-ho, a South Korean film director, and screenwriter garnered international acclaim from his second feature film Memories of Murder.                    

Some of his highest-grossing films of all time are The Host and Snowpiercer. In a similar way, two of Bong’s films Okja and Parasite screened in competition at the Cannes Film Festival. His most recent movie Parasite premiered at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival and became the first Korean film to win the Palme d’Or.

How rich is the Korean film director? Scroll down below to know more about Bong Joon-ho.  

When Did Bong Joon-ho Earn His International Fame? Will Parasite Win Him An Oscar?

The 51-year-old South Korean film director and screenwriter rose to international fame with his work in the feature film Memories of Murder starring Song Kang-ho and Kim Sang-Kyung.

The film’s cinematography along with Song Kang-ho’s performance earned wide praise with positive feedbacks.    

In a similar way, in 2017, his action-adventure film Okja premiered at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival. In 2019, Bong’s black comedy thriller film titled Parasite premiered at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival winning the Palme d’Or.

Following the achievement, Bong became the first Korean director to win the award. His film also won the Best Foreign Language Film at the 77th Golden Globe Awards with him being nominated for Best Director and Best Screenplay for his work.   

Most importantly, Parasite became the first South Korean film to receive an Academy Award nomination in any category. The film was made under the budget of ₩13.5 billion ($11 million USD) and grossed over $165.4 million USD in the box office.

READ: Heath Ledger-Net Worth, Films, Wife, TV Shows, Age, Death, Height

Additional Fact: The movie also won the $60,000 Sydney Film Prize at the Sydney Film Festival.

On the other hand, Bong was nominated for Academy Awards in the category of Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, and Best Picture. He is the fourth Asian filmmaker Hiroshi Teshigahara, Ang Lee, and Akira Kurosawa to be nominated for the Academy Award.  

Likewise, he is the first South Korean director to be nominated for the Oscar.

Fun Fact: Director Bong Joon-ho got excited when the person tasked to read the Oscar nominations pronounced all of their names correctly rather than knowing about his nominations.    

Let Us Go Through Bong Joon-ho’s Earnings: What Is His Net Worth?     

According to various sources, Joon-ho is estimated at around $5 million as of early 2020. He earned his million-dollar fortune from his successful career as a filmmaker.

Throughout his career, Bong has worked in numerous films like Barking Dogs Never Bite, Mother, Antarctic Journal, Mother, Snowpiercer, Sea Fog, and short films like Baeksaekin, Incoherence, Tokyo!, and 3.11 A Sense of Home.