Ryu Seonghie: Production Designer

Ryu Seonghie LKFF Korean Film Production Design

Ryu Seonghie: Production Designer
The Year of the Film Professionals
Oct – Dec 2014

Are you ready for the final part of the Korean Cultural Centre’s Year of the Film Professionals programme? This final season brings us Production Designer Ryu Seonghie (류 성희) who has worked on Old Boy and many other films we would recognise such as Mother (2009) and Hansel & Gretel (2007); all having been screened on Channel 4. For the remaining months of 2014, the KCCUK will be screening a number of films Ryu Seonghie has worked on, ending the season with The Host (2006), one of the biggest Korean films in the international market along with a very special visit and Q&A with the Production Designer.

The Year of the Film Professionals Screenings:

Theses screenings are free but you will be required to book. Booking for these screenings will be via the KCCUK website. Booking for the next film normally becomes available after the current film have been screened. The first five films will be screened at the KCCUK with the final screening along with Q&A with Ryu Seonghie at Odeon West End.

16 Oct – Memories of Murder

30 Oct – The Front Line

13 Nov – Late Autumn

27 Nov – Mother

4 Dec – A Bittersweet Life

11 Dec – Season finale:

The Host + Q&A with Ryu Seonghie

Ryu Seonghie Biography

Originally a student of pottery, Ryu Seonghie debuted as a Production Designer with Flower Island in 2001, a film which instantly showed off the designer’s imagination. She soon chose to undertake a number of thriller and noir genre films and quickly became associated with the top filmmakers of the Korean film industry by working with Ryoo Seung-wan on No Blood No Tears and Kim Jee-woon on A Bittersweet Life. However the most important partnerships have been with the giants of K-Cinema Park Chan-wook and Bong Joon-ho. These two filmmakers have produced some of the biggest, most commercially successful and critically praised films the country has seen, sharing a success that stylistically owes a great debt to its production design by Ryu Seonghie.

Visually stunning films such as Oldboy, The Host, I’m a Cyborg And That’s OK, Thirst and Mother have the trendmark originality and imagination that Ryu Seonghie has based her career on. What would Oldboy be without its purple and black patterning and colour palette or I’m a Cyborg without its face masks? Central to her work is Ryu Seonghie’s dedication to visualising the emotional core of a story and enhancing the director’s vision.

In her thirteen year career Ryu Seonghie has shown herself to be an incredible force in helping to create and elevate Korean film standards to what they are today
KCCUK website

Ryu Seonghie Filmography

Gukje Market (2013)
The Attorney (2013)
Behind The Camera (2012)
The Front Line (2011)
Late Autumn (2010)
Mother (2009)
Thirst (2008)
Hansel & Gretel (2007)
I’m a Cyborg, But That’s Ok (2006)
The Host (2006)
A Bittersweet Life (2004)
Three….. Extremes (2004)
Old Boy (2003)
Memories Of Murder (2003)
No Blood No Tears (2001)
Flower Island (2001)


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