Ki-duk Kim studied fine arts in Paris in 1990-1992. In 1993 he won the award for best screenplay from the Educational Institute of Screen-writing with 'A Painter and A Criminal Condemned to Death'. After two more screenplay awards, he made his directorial debut  with 'Ag-o' (1996). Then he went on to direct Wild Animals (1997), Birdcage Inn (1998), Seom (1999) "The Isle", (selected in competition at Venice 2000) and the highly experimental 'Real Fiction' (2000), shot in just 200 minutes.