In the last blog post, we mentioned that the Korean film industry experienced a doldrum starting from mid-2000’s. This situation continued until 2012 which was a turning point for the Korean film industry. After suffering the lows in late 2000’s, the Korean film industry started to come up with better films which have helped attract more audiences since 2012. Continue reading
In this blog post, we will continue with the development of K-Movie in the period from 1990’s to 2011. In the 1990’s and early 2000’s, Korean film industry enjoyed satisfactory growth and K-movie has become one of the components of Hallyu (Korean Wave) which began in the early 2000’s. However, the popularity of K-movie started to decline after mid-2000’s due to declining quality of films, surging costs, and relaxation of the screen quota. Continue reading
In this blog post, we will continue with the K-Movie Series and talk about the situation in the 1970’s and 1980’s. After the Golden Age in the 1950’s and 1960’s, the Korean film industry underwent a depression in the 1970’s with the tightened control by the authoritarian government. Fortunately, the control loosened in the 1980’s which contributed to a transformation of industry. Continue reading
In 2007, Korean actress, Jeon Do-yeon, won the Best Actress award at the Cannes Film Festival for her role in the movie, Secret Sunshine (밀양), and in 2014, she was named as a member of the jury of the Cannes Film Festival. Korean movies also won a number of awards at international film festivals, e.g., Best Director award won by Im Kwon-taek’s Chihwaseon (취화선)(2002) at the Cannes Film Festival, Best Screenplay prize won by Lee Chang-dong’s Poetry (시)(2010) at the Cannes Film Festival, Golden Lion prize won by Kim Ki-duk’s Pietà (피에타)(2012) at the Venice Film Festival, etc. It is no doubt that Korean movies have gained worldwide attention. So, I am going to write a series of posts talking about the development of the K-movie. In this blog post, I will first talk about the birth of K-movie. Continue reading
**Last updated on: 15 October 2020**
Question: How is the famous Korean Admiral Yi Sun-shin (이순신) like David, the shepherd boy who defeated Goliath?
Answer: Like David, Admiral Yi Sun-shin confronted and defeated a giant.
The story about the defeat of the giant, Goliath, by David is well-known. In South Korea, this summer, the blockbuster movie ‘The Admiral: Roaring Currents’ has reminded people of a similar story about the Korean national hero, Admiral Yi Sun-shin. Continue reading