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 lifePaquet met his wife Yeon Hyeon-sook in 1998. They married after dating for three years and have two sons.
CareerPaquet, 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 (Koreanfilm.org) 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.