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A Korean Storyteller

January 03, 2008

Director Lee Chang-Dong has worn many hats in his life -- high school teacher, novelist, actor and South Korean minister of culture and tourism from 2002 to 2004 -- but it's the art of storytelling to which he

gives the most credit.

"All of my experience built who I am today, but my experience as a writer influenced how I view this world and people's lives," Lee says. "It helped me realize things beyond their physical existence." Lee, who counts John Cassavetes as his favorite director, will be honored at LACMA this week with screenings of his four features, closing with "Secret Sunshine," whose star Jeon Do-Yeon won the best actress prize at Cannes last year. Quentin Tarantino

will host the screening,

with Lee in the audience.

7:30 p.m. Sat.; also "Peppermint Candy," 7:30 tonight; "Oasis," 7:30 p.m. Fri.; "Green Fish," 5:30 p.m. Sat. Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., L.A. $11. www.lacma .org For more about this series, see today's Calendar.

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