My biggest influences as a director would be Park Chan-Wook, he is a great director and story teller. I admire his films and him as a director, to me he is one of the greatest directors this century.
Michel Gondry is also a big influence for me, his unique vision and style is something I aspire too; Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind is a master piece, a beautifully written film by Charlie Kaufman and Michel Gondry gives it such a wonderful direction and artistic style.
Films are one of the few things that bring me unexplainable euphoria and bliss, watching them is one thing; seeing the immense beauty and artistic style in some films and the down right brutal nature of others.
But directing your own film is something else, bringing your story to life and making it as perfect as possible. Getting your story, vision and direction out there for the world to see. The feeling of joy when you see it all come together is unexplainable and worth all the struggle and stress of bringing the project together.