Darcy Paquet

Darcy Paquet (born 1972) is an American film critic, university lecturer, author and actor. In 2011, Paquet was awarded the Korea Film Reporters Association Award at the 15th Busan International Film Festival for his contributions in introducing Korean cinema to the world. In 2014, he created the Wildflower Film Awards to give recognition to Korean indie films. In 2019 he served as translator for the English subtitles of the film Parasite by Bong Joon-ho.

Personal life

Paquet met his wife Yeon Hyeon-sook in 1998. They married after dating for three years and have two sons.


Paquet, a Massachusetts native, majored in Russian language at Carleton College in Minnesota and had a Master in Applied Linguistics at Indiana University. Having made many Korean friends in graduate school, he first came to Seoul in 1997 to teach English at Korea University and had planned to stay briefly before going to Czech Republic. However, Korean films changed his destiny.

In 1999, he created the website ( to introduce Korean films, which he is now most notable to foreigners. To the Koreans, he is known for his frequent contributions to movie weekly Cine 21.

Besides being a university lecturer to both Korean and foreign students on Korean cinema, he is a radio and TV film critic and panelist, freelance writer and author, and also a part-time actor.



Television series


  • 1995 – B.A. in Russian Language at Carleton College, Minnesota
  • 1997 – M.A. in Slavic Linguistics/Applied Linguistics at Indiana University
  • 1998–present – Special advisor and English editor for Korean Film Council
  • 1999 – Launched
  • 2001-2008 – Korea news correspondent for Screen International
  • 2002–present – Program advisor to Far East Film Festival in Udine, Italy
  • 2003-2011 – Wrote monthly column for Korean film weekly Cine 21
  • 2005-2008 – Korea news correspondent for Variety magazine
  • 2007-2011 – Taught "Korean Cinema in a Global Context" at Korea University
  • 2007–present – Korean delegate for San Sebastian International Film Festival in Spain
  • 2008–present – Lecturer at Kyung Hee University, Department of Theater and Film
  • 2009 – Published "New Korean Cinema: Breaking the Waves"
  • 2010 – KOFRA Award from Korea Film Reporters Association for introducing Korean cinema to the world. Presented at 15th Busan International Film Festival.
  • 2011 – Stars in "Dance Town", TBS eFM's resident film critic, appears on EBS' "Movie Concert", presents bi-monthly screening of Korean films on behalf of the Korean Film Archive.
  • 2014 – Created Wildflower Film Awards for Korean indie films