Kang Je-gyu Ranked Among World's Most Murderous Directors

U.S. magazine Business Insider has released a list of the 25 deadliest directors of all time based on the MovieBodyCounts database developed by Randal Olson, a graduate student of Michigan State University. The list, compiled by tallying the number of on-screen deaths in their movies, includes "Swiri" director Kang Je-gyu.

Kang placed 11th with 509 kills. The magazine wrote that he is "really only on the map because of one film, 'Taegukgi: Brotherhood of War' (2004), a bloody film about the Korean War that averages 50 people dying per scene."

Peter Jackson topped the list with 1,517 kills, mostly in "The Lord of the Rings" series. John Woo, director of "A Better Tomorrow," ranked second with 1,500 kills, with the majority occurring in films he made from 1987 to 2002. Robert Rodriguez, who directed the vampire flick "From Dusk til Dawn," placed third with 1,026 deaths.

Edward Zwick was fourth (1,003 deaths), followed by Wolfgang Petersen (889), Zack Snyder (808), Ridley Scott (781), Sergio Leone (748), Antoine Fuqua (711) and Steven Spielberg (707).

Randal Olson also released the 25 deadliest actors list. Arnold Schwarzenegger ranked first with a career total of 369 kills, followed by China's Chow Yun-fat (295) and Sylvester Stallone (267).

englishnews@chosun.com / Jan. 10, 2014 10:27 KST