Born in South Korea, director/writer Kang was educated in America from the age of fifteen. She attended Tabor Academy, a college-preparatory boarding school by the sea in Massachusetts. Due to a health condition, she spent most of her senior year at The Winchendon School, graduated with an 'Excellence in Art' award. The seven months at Winchendon were very influential in her decision to pursue a career in art and filmmaking.
She enrolled in the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD)'s Film and Television program for two years, then transferred to the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) to study with an artist-filmmaker Sharon Couzin. While attending SAIC, Kang wrote and directed a feature length film "ACTUALLY, ADIEU MY LOVE" as a part of ISP (Independent Study Projects) program. She graduated from SAIC with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio - with an emphasis in Film Art and Aesthetics.
She continued her artistic development at Columbia University in New York where she earned her Master of Fine Arts in Film Directing. Her graduate thesis short film "THE LOYALIST" was inspired by the speech she wrote about the Berlin Wall for an All-School meeting during her time at Tabor. "THE LOYALIST" screened internationally and received numerous accolades, including an Honorable Mention Award in the International Short Film category from the 39th Cleveland International Film Festival, the Best Short Film Award from the 15th DC Asian Pacific American Film Festival, a nomination for the Best Female Director Award from the Adrienne Shelly Foundation, a finalist in the 10th Annual NBCUniversal Short Film Festival.
She was the recipient of the Tabor Academy John R. Pandolfi Music Instruction Awards, the SCAD Merit Scholarship & Dean's List, the SAIC Enrichment Scholarship and the Columbia TOMS Scholarship.
She is a fellow of BIFAN NAFF (Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival - Network of Asian Fantastic Films) Fantastic Film School, Berlinale - Talents Tokyo, Reykjavik Transatlantic Talent Lab, Let’s CEE (Central Eastern Europe) Talent Academy in Vienna, an alumna of IFBA at Busan Asian Film School (AFiS).
Her official directorial debut feature project "ILLICIT 별을 삼킨 그림자", a cinematic dark fairy-tale set in the City of Angeles, has received support from Seoul Film Commission and Busan Film Commission, participated in the 2019 BIFAN NAFF 'It Project' Market and the 2019 Busan Link of Cine-Asia Project Market. Endorsed by Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival, "ILLICIT" was chosen for the Fantastic 7 of the 2020 Marché du Film - Festival de Cannes, featured in VARIETY, and presented at the 2021 Berlinale Talents Tokyo. Currently, the project is in casting and financing.
While pursuing "ILLICIT", Kang has participated in several projects as an editor. Croatian director Antoneta Alamat Kusijanovic's "IN TO THE BLUE" is one of Kang's notable editing works (Kang was also a script supervisor on set in Croatia). This Croatian-Slovenian-Sweden film premiered at the 68th Berlin International Film Festival and won Special Jury Mention for Best Short Film in the Generation 14Plus. Kang's contribution was recognized and awarded at the 27th Dani Hrvatskog Filma Award in Croatia.
"In the montage category, Minji Kang was awarded for the film "In the Blue", in which "an extremely unobtrusive installation that perfectly guides and sets the rhythm of the film perfectly focuses on the relationships between the characters and rhythm increases the tension between them."
- Croatia Film Critics Association.
Presently Kang is helming a feature length VR: Immersive and Interactive 360-Degree Video Storytelling Project "THE HORIZON 지평선", experiencing a fascinating journey into the false memories in the quest for truth. The project is produced by Barunson and expected to be released in December 2021.
Her new story, "CRY LIKE HUSKIES 허스키처럼 짖어라", is a coming-of-age drama centered on a 10-year-old Tomboy, an outsider. This semi-autobiographical story is about overcoming emotional neglect and fear of abandonment - highlighting the positive power of friendship. It has been chosen and received the 2021 Story Development Fund from Korean Film Council.
Almost every day, Kang plays Bach - Violin Partita No. 2 in D minor, Allemande. She frequently splits her time between Seoul, New York, and Los Angeles.