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Joseph Kahn

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Years active  1990–present
Website  www.josephkahn.com

Name  Joseph Kahn
Role  Music Video Director
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Born  October 12, 1972 (age 43) (1972-10-12) Busan, South Korea
Occupation  Film director, music video director
Education  Jersey Village High School, New York University
Awards  Grammy Award for Best Music Video
Nominations  Academy of Country Music Award for Video of the Year
Movies  Detention, Power/Rangers, Torque, Britney Spears: Greatest, Onyx: 15 Years of Videos - H
Similar People  Taylor Swift, Rihanna, Eminem, James Van Der Beek, Shanley Caswell
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Ahn Jun-hee (안준희; born October 12, 1972), known professionally as Joseph Kahn, is a Korean American film and music video director. Kahn has worked with various artists such as U2, Kylie Minogue, Lady Gaga, Shakira, Aaliyah, Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Mariah Carey, Christina Aguilera, 50 Cent, Britney Spears, Eminem, Janet Jackson, Taylor Swift, Destiny's Child, Katy Perry and Imagine Dragons.

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Early life

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Kahn was born Ahn Jun-hee (Hangul: 안준희) in Busan, South Korea. His family moved to Jersey Village, Texas, a suburb of Houston, when Joseph was three. After graduating from Jersey Village High School in 1990, Kahn went to New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. He later dropped out after one year to direct music videos.

Music video career

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In 1999, Kahn started his own production company with Chris Lee, SuperMega Media, which is housed under HSI Productions. Kahn has worked with diverse artists such as Lady Gaga, Shakira, Aaliyah, Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, DMX, Backstreet Boys, Mariah Carey, Jordin Sparks, Christina Aguilera, 50 Cent, Britney Spears, Destiny's Child, Kelly Clarkson, Taylor Swift, Muse, Ciara, Monica, Courtney Love, Rob Zombie, U2, The Chemical Brothers, Blink 182, Chris Brown, Eminem, TLC, Ashlee Simpson, Moby, Kesha, George Michael, Garbage, Korn, The Black Eyed Peas, Janet Jackson, BoA, Gwen Stefani, Brandy, AKB48, Pussycat Dolls, Sun Ho, Kylie Minogue, Katy Perry, Imagine Dragons, and many more.

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Kahn has collected multiple Music Video Production awards. He has won several MTV Video Music Awards with nominations for Best Video of the Year for Brandy & Monica "The Boy Is Mine", Britney Spears "Toxic", Chris Brown "Forever", the Pussycat Dolls "When I Grow Up", Eminem "We Made You", Britney Spears "Womanizer", and Eminem "Love the Way You Lie".

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In 2002, Kahn won his first Grammy for Eminem's "Without Me" video which also won the MTV VMA's Best Video of the Year, as well as Best Direction. His video for Katy Perry "Waking Up In Vegas" won the MVPA 2009 Best Video of the Year.

Kahn's usage of Japanese pop culture in music videos first began with Janet Jackson's "Doesn't Really Matter" video. The video was also the most expensive video Kahn has directed and is among the most expensive of all time, costing over $2.5 million.

In 2014, Kahn was given The Icon Award by the UK Music Video Awards.

In 2015, Kahn directed MTV's choices for Video of the Year, Best Pop Video, Best Female Video, and Best Collaboration for multiple videos from Taylor Swift's 1989 album. He won the Grammy Award for Best Music Video of 2015 for Taylor Swift's "Bad Blood" ft. Kendrick Lamar.

In 2017, Kahn won the American Country Music Awards Video of the Year for "Forever Country."

Film career

Kahn also directed the 2004 action film Torque starring Ice Cube. In May 2007 it was announced that he would direct an adaptation of William Gibson's science fiction classic, Neuromancer for producer Peter Hoffman. On May 7, 2010 Fangoria reported that Vincenzo Natali, the director of Cube and Splice, had taken over directing duties and will also rewrite the screenplay. In 2011, Kahn directed the low-budget, self-financed horror comedy Detention. After winning a number of audience favorite awards on the film festival circuit, Detention was picked up for theatrical distribution by Sony for a release in 2012. In July 2016, test footage for the DC Comics character Swamp Thing was released which was directed by Kahn for the upcoming Justice League Dark. Kahn's latest film is Bodied, a satirical black comedy about racial tensions in the world of battle rap. The film was produced by Eminem and premiered at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival, where it won the People's Choice Award in the Midnight Madness section.

Filmography

  • Torque (2004) - Director
  • Detention (2011) - Screenwriter and director
  • Power/Rangers (short) (2015) - Screenwriter and director
  • Bodied (2017) - Director
  • References

    Joseph Kahn Wikipedia


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