New Korean Cinema

Author: Chi-Yun Shin
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
ISBN: 074861852X
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A wide-ranging analysis of one of the world's most important contemporary film industries, New Korean Cinemaadopts a cross-cultural and multi-dimensional perspective and provides a comprehensive overview of the production, circulation and reception of modern South Korean cinema. Together with discussions of Korean society and culture, it considers the political economy of the film industry, strategies of domestic and international distribution and marketing, the consumption of films in diverse reception environments, and the relation of film texts to their cultural, historical and social contexts. Gathering critics from Asia, Europe and North America, New Korean Cinemacontributes to the discussion of the complex role played by national and regional cinemas in a global age. It will be of interest to students and critics of Popular Culture and Film Studies as well as East Asian Studies and Korean Studies. Features*The most comprehensive study of one of the world's most exciting new cinemas*Provides new insights into the relations forged between cinema and civil society since the early 1990s.*Considers innovative and timely areas of concern such as globalization, transnationalism and new media*Contains in-depth analyses of key films like Chunhyang, Memento Mori, Peppermint Candyand Take Care of My Cat*Includes a glossary of key terms and bibliography of works on Korean cinema*Illustrated with 24 black-and-white stills.

New Korean Cinema

Author: Darcy Paquet
Publisher: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 9780231850124
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New Korean Cinema charts the dramatic transformation of South Korea's film industry from the democratization movement of the late 1980s to the 2000s new generation of directors. The author considers such issues as government censorship, the market's embrace of Hollywood films, and the social changes which led to the diversification and surprising commercial strength of contemporary Korean films. Directors such as Hong Sang-soo, Kim Ki-duk, Park Chan-wook, and Bong Joon-ho are studied within their historical context together with a range of films including Sopyonje (1993), Peppermint Candy (1999), Oldboy (2003), and The Host (2006).

The Remasculinization Of Korean Cinema

Author: Kyung Hyun Kim
Publisher: Duke University Press
ISBN: 9780822385585
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In one of the first English-language studies of Korean cinema to date, Kyung Hyun Kim shows how the New Korean Cinema of the past quarter century has used the trope of masculinity to mirror the profound sociopolitical changes in the country. Since 1980, South Korea has transformed from an insular, authoritarian culture into a democratic and cosmopolitan society. The transition has fueled anxiety about male identity, and amid this tension, empowerment has been imagined as remasculinization. Kim argues that the brutality and violence ubiquitous in many Korean films is symptomatic of Korea’s on-going quest for modernity and a post-authoritarian identity. Kim offers in-depth examinations of more than a dozen of the most representative films produced in Korea since 1980. In the process, he draws on the theories of Jacques Lacan, Slavoj Zizek, Gilles Deleuze, Rey Chow, and Kaja Silverman to follow the historical trajectory of screen representations of Korean men from self-loathing beings who desire to be controlled to subjects who are not only self-sufficient but also capable of destroying others. He discusses a range of movies from art-house films including To the Starry Island (1993) and The Day a Pig Fell into the Well (1996) to higher-grossing, popular films like Whale Hunting (1984) and Shiri (1999). He considers the work of several Korean auteurs—Park Kwang-su, Jang Sun-woo, and Hong Sang-su. Kim argues that Korean cinema must begin to imagine gender relations that defy the contradictions of sexual repression in order to move beyond such binary struggles as those between the traditional and the modern, or the traumatic and the post-traumatic.

Korean Film

Author: Eungjun Min
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
ISBN: 0275958116
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Establishes contextual and theoretical bases to help the reader understand cultural, political, and socioeconomic aspects of Korean film.

Korean Cinema

Author: Anthony C. Y. Leong
Publisher: Trafford on Demand Pub
ISBN: 9781553954613
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You don't have to look very far these days to see the influence that the film industry of Hong Kong has had on moviemaking around the world. Hong Kong film stars, such as Jackie Chan, Chow Yun-fat, Jet Li, and Michelle Yeoh, have become household names headlining Hollywood blockbusters, while directors such as John Woo, Tsui Hark, and Wong Kar-wai are closing deals in Tinseltown and developing huge international followings. Despite achieving such recognition abroad, the luster on Hong Kong's homegrown film industry has faded quite a bit over the past decade. However, many Hong Kong cinema aficionados, who passionately followed the rise of the 'Hong Kong New Wave' during the Eighties and early Nineties, only to become increasingly disenchanted since then, are now looking to South Korea for Asia's boldest and most innovative films. Since 1998, South Korea's local film industry has undergone a remarkable transformation. A new generation of Korean moviemakers is revitalizing the industry with bold arthouse productions, big-budget actioners, thought-provoking dramas, and subversive satires. In some circles, South Korea is even being likened to the new 'Hong Kong', with its film industry on the verge of exploding onto the world stage, similar to how the 'Hong Kong New Wave' catapulted the former British colony and its groundbreaking films into the international spotlight. Already, some Korean films have found success in the North American market arthouse circuit, while Korean directors are being courted by major Hollywood studios for lucrative U.S. remake rights. "Korean Cinema: The New Hong Kong" is a guidebook for exploring this new and exciting treasure trove of cinema. It is the first book of its kind, covering this emerging cinematic powerhouse in an easy-to-read and leisure-focused fashion, bringing all the sought-after information on Korean cinema into one convenient package. Within the pages of Korean Cinema: The New Hong Kong, you will find: A brief history of South Korea and its film industry, which will help you understand the reasons behind the revolutionary changes in Korean cinema and what is influencing the country's directors A look at the present state of Korea's filmmaking industry and how it resembles the dot-com era (with the only difference being that these companies are actually making money, and lots of it) An examination of the characteristics, themes, and dominant genres of the films in this newest 'Korean New Wave' In-depth reviews and commentary of the top ten must-see films of this latest 'Korean New Wave' An overview of the top genres of Korean cinema, with reviews, commentary, and notes on availability for the good, the bad, and the ugly A look at the stars of Korean cinema, such as the Korean equivalents to Tom Cruise (Han Suk-kyu) and Julia Roberts (Shim Eun-ha). How moviegoers can go about seeing Korean flicks (with English subtitles too!) So sit back, relax, and get ready to be introduced to Korean Cinema: The New Hong Kong! Comments about the book "It's designed for people who are in the process of discovering Korean film, and it's especially useful for people who are building DVD collections. Anthony approaches the industry as a fan of Hong Kong cinema who has gravitated towards Korean films in recent years... 266 pages in total, so there's a lot of information... I'd recommend it." (Darcy Paquet,, Screen International correspondent, and English language editor for the Korean Film Commission) "Anthony Leong has taken the study of Asian Cinema to the next level. This book helps make sense of Korean cinema. It's an authoritative text, yet thoroughly entertaining, while being the definitive word of this exploding motion pic

Seoul Searching

Author: Frances Gateward
Publisher: SUNY Press
ISBN: 9780791479339
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Korean cinema as industry, art form, and cultural product.

The South Korean Film Renaissance

Author: Jinhee Choi
Publisher: Wesleyan University Press
ISBN: 9780819569868
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For the past decade, the Korean film industry has enjoyed a renaissance. With innovative storytelling and visceral effects, Korean films not only have been commercially viable in the domestic and regional markets but also have appealed to cinephiles everywhere on the international festival circuit. This book provides both an industrial and an aesthetic account of how the Korean film industry managed to turn an economic crisis—triggered in part by globalizing processes in the world film industry—into a fiscal and cultural boom. Jinhee Choi examines the ways in which Korean film production companies, backed by affluent corporations and venture capitalists, concocted a variety of winning production trends. Through close analyses of key films, Choi demonstrates how contemporary Korean cinema portrays issues immediate to its own Korean audiences while incorporating the transnational aesthetics of Hollywood and other national cinemas such as Hong Kong and Japan. Appendices include data on box office rankings, numbers of films produced and released, market shares, and film festival showings.