Ryu Seung-wan or Ryoo Seung-wan (born December 15, 1973) is a South Korean film director.
Ryu Seung-wan was born in 1973 in Onyang, a small town in Chungcheong Province. With the choice of domestic films mostly limited to propaganda and hostess films due to extreme government censorship, young Ryu often opted for the more kinetic and free-spirited action films from the Shaw Brothers canon. Watching Jackie Chan’s Drunken Master turned him into a lifelong fan, and Ryu spent his youth building his knowledge and love for Hong Kong action. Dreaming of becoming a film director someday, he took taekwondo lessons and saved lunch money for three years in middle school to buy an 8mm camera, with which he shot short films.
After graduating from high school in 1992, Ryu worked for six months to raise enough money to cover a year’s worth of basic living expenses for his family. After that he joined a private film workshop, and paid his tuition through several part-time jobs: as a construction… read more