Kim Ki-duk (Hangul: 김기덕 born December 20, 1960) is a South Korean filmmaker noted for his idiosyncratic "art-house" cinematic works. His films have received many distinctions in the festival circuit, making him one of the most important contemporary Asian film directors. Major festival awards include Golden Lion at 69th Venice International Film Festival for Pietà, Silver Lion for best director at 61st Venice International Film Festival for 3-Iron and Silver bear for best director at 54th Berlin International Film Festival for Samaria. His most widely known feature is Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring (2003), included in film critic Roger Ebert's great movies and currently one of seven Asian movies to be listed in 250 top ranking movies on Internet movie data base. He has given scripts to several of his former assistant directors including Juhn Jai-hong (Beautiful and Poongsan) and Jang Hoon (Rough Cut).