Lee Chang-dong (born July 4, 1954) is a South Korean film director, screenwriter, and novelist. He has directed six feature films: Green Fish (1997), Peppermint Candy (2000), Oasis (2002), Secret Sunshine (2007), Poetry (2010), and Burning (2018). Burning became the first Korean film to make it to the 91st Academy Awards' final nine-film shortlist for Best Foreign Language film. Burning also won the Fipresci International Critics' Prize at the 71st Cannes film Festival, Best Foreign Language film in Los Angeles film Critics Association, and Best Foreign Language film in Toronto film Critics Association.
Lee has won Silver Lion for Best director and Fipresci International Critics' Prize at the 2002 Venice film Festival and the Best screenplay Award at the 2010 Cannes film Festival. He also won the award for Achievement in Directing at the 4th Asia Pacific Screen Awards in 2017, Jury Grand Prize at the 2018 Asia Pacific Screen Awards, Best director and Lifetime Achievement Award at the 13th Asian film Awards in 2019, and he has been nominated for the Golden Lion and the Palme d'Or. Lee served as South Korea's Minister of Culture and Tourism from 2003 to 2004.