South Korean composer Jung Jae-il has made a significant impact in both cinema and music. His compositions in the widely acclaimed series “Squid Game” and the thought-provoking film “Parasite” have left an indelible mark. “Squid Game,” directed by Hwang Dong-hyuk, became a global Netflix sensation in September 2021, amassing over 142 million viewers in just four weeks. Jung’s intriguing music for the show features an array of instruments, from children’s instruments like recorders and castanets to traditional Korean ones, creating a unique and unsettling soundtrack that complements the show’s unusual and intense storyline.

In addition to his work on “Squid Game,” Jung also contributed to the acclaimed film “Parasite,” directed by Bong Joon-ho. This groundbreaking film achieved four Oscar wins and was the first non-English-language movie to win the Best Picture award. Jung’s use of baroque music in the film’s score added depth to the story’s themes of class disparity, humor, and tension, showcasing his creative process that often involves spontaneous improvisation. Beyond his work in cinema, Jung’s latest album, “Listen,” is a piano-based project exploring themes of humanity, nature, and the importance of listening. His skillful use of instruments and emotive cinematic strings in this album conveys powerful emotions, solidifying Jung Jae-il’s status as a versatile composer in the world of art and entertainment.