Cho Sung-kyu, also known as David Cho, is a South Korean film producer, executive producer, director and screenwriter. Apart from producing and investing in numerous films as CEO of Sponge Entertainment, Cho wrote and directed Second Half (2010), The Heaven Is Only Open to the Single! (2012), The Winter of the Year Was Warm (2012), Santa Barbara (2014), and Planck Constant (2015).
Born in 1969, David Cho first studied History at Yonsei University, then changed his major and graduated with a degree in Mass Communication. He published the film magazine Nega in 1997, then founded the production/distribution company Sponge Entertainment in 2000. As owner and president of Sponge Entertainment, he produced and invested in numerous Korean arthouse films, such as Jang Hoon's Rough Cut, Lee Yoon-ki's My Dear Enemy, Kim Ki-duk's Dream, and E J-yong's Actresses.
In 2010, Cho made his directorial debut with Second Half starring Ryu Seung-soo and Esom, about a beleaguered film producer who meets a waitress in a seaside town and suspects she may be his daughter from a long-ago one-night stand.
Cho's second film The Heaven Is Only Open to the Single! (2012) is about a famous actress (played by Choi Yoon-so) who's just been publicly dumped by a comedian and banned by her agency from dating, and an unknown indie musician rejected by a matchmaking service who falls for her onscreen while composing the soundtrack for her film.
Also released in 2012, Cho's third film The Winter of the Year Was Warm focuses on a Seoul-based film producer/director who's fond of the laidback atmosphere in the coastal city of Gangneung, and a nurse who lives in Gangneung but yearns for the cultural life of Seoul; after meeting through a common friend, they each agree to set aside one room in their respective apartments for the other to stay at on weekends, but in sharing their homes with each other, they eventually start to develop a strange sort of in absentia intimacy.
In 2014, Cho cast Lee Sang-yoon and Yoon Jin-seo in his fourth film Santa Barbara (2014). They played, respectively, a music director and a creative director at an advertising agency who fall in love while collaborating on a commercial; after their break-up, they are forced to work together again on a project in Santa Barbara, California, the location of their dream winery tour when they were still a couple.
In a departure from his previous films which blended finely-observed realism and light romance, Cho's Planck Constant (2015) contained more surrealistic and fantasy elements, with Kim Jae-wook playing a man who gets his hair cut 1 millimeter a day, while writing a screenplay in his head.
|2012||The Heaven Is Only Open to the Single!|
|2012||The Winter of the Year Was Warm|
|2005||Geochilmaru: The Showdown|