Born in 1966 in Busan, KWAK was a film student at New York University. He made his feature debut with < 3 p.m Paradise >(1997). His first big break came with < Friend >(2001), which became the biggest hit in 2001.
[HanCinema's Hall of Fame Review] "Friends 2": Return to Ruin? 2014/06/14, In the Spotlight this Week:Kwak Gyeong-taek's "Friends 2"...
As the credits rolled on Kwak Gyeong-taek's "Friends 2" I was, perhaps unjustifiably, reminded of a quote by Orson Welles, that "if you want a happy ending, that depends, of course, on where you stop your story". Now while Kwak's 2001 blockbuster "Friend" can't be accused of having ended 'happily', the film itself was indeed a great story well told; one that immediately elevated itself into the history books as a modern Korean classic. But it was its story that ended happily, in record-breaking royalties, and proclaimed Kwak as an attuned talent with a flair for character-driven drama and tragedy-but a film that perhaps should've been allowed to rest in piece, not pieces,...More
[HanCinema's Image Gallery] Kwak Gyeong-taek's "Friends 2" 2014/06/07, A Selection of Shots from Kwak Gyeong-taek's "Friends 2"...Kwak Gyeong-taek's 2001 film "Friend" became the highest grossing Korean film of its day, attracting over 8 million filmgoers to a fratricidal gangster flick that remains a modern Korean classic. Over 12 years passed since Kwak's Busan brawlers made history, and in 2013 he treated fans to a second installment: "Friends 2". The film takes place 17 years after the original and deals with the distance aftermath of that brotherly meltdown as the next generation of gangsters are ushered. Enjoy! [spoilers],...More