I have seen all of his movies and I am incredibly fascinated with him and the themes of his movies. The most famous ones are Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring and 3-iron (Bin-Jip).
I've heard a few people say that he is not very popular in Korea because he makes 'korean society look bad' in his movies or because he wasn't educated professionally in film-making. I know Koreans are very strict about education and sometimes nationalistic, yet it sounds a bit ridiculous, is there any truth to this?
I'm also interested in his background, I know he was a painter and a catholic and that he grew up in a difficult period, but not much more than that.
Personally I think Chan-wook Park (Lady Vengeance, Old Boy) and Joon-ho Bong (The Host, Memories of Murder) are nothing compared to Ki-duk Kim, so it'd be a pity if these lesser directors earn more recognition inside Korea.
Oh and as for you who are curious but haven't seen any of the movies, I'd say his style is quite unique. Usually provocative with allegories, a lot of visuals with sparse dialogue. Some people see parallels with Lars Von Trier in the misogyny, rape, dogma and surrealism.
I'm sorry for the blabbering, does anyone even know about him here?