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The term "Cinema of Korea" (or "Korean cinema") encompasses the motion picture industries of North and South Korea. As with all aspects of Korean life during the past century, the film industry has often been at the mercy of political events, from the late Joseon dynasty to the Korean War to domestic governmental interference. While both countries have relatively robust film industries today, only South Korean films have achieved wide international acclaim.
The cinema of South Korea refers to the film industry of South Korea from 1945 to present. South Korean films have been heavily influenced by such events and forces as the Japanese occupation of Korea, the Korean War, government censorship, the business sector, globalization, and the democratization of South Korea. The golden age of South Korean cinema in the mid-20th century produced what are considered two of the best South Korean films of all time, The Housemaid and Obaltan, while the industr
Several of the most acclaimed international films of the 21st century – Park Chan-wook's OLDBOY, Yeon Sang-ho's TRAIN TO BUSAN, and this year's sensation fro...
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Korean cinema is flourishing across all genres. Whether you want to feel romantic, giggly, frightened or otherwise, these movies have all you need.
- Poetry | Lee Chang-dong | 2010. INARGUABLY, and I say in bold letters on purpose, the best Korean movies of the century. Lee Chang-dong is undoubtedly one of the best contemporary screenwriters and directors working today.
- Memories of Murder | Bong Joon-ho | 2003. Richly detailed and nerve-racking, “Memories of Murder” is a masterful work in character study and in creating the disquieting tension throughout the film.
- Peppermint Candy | Lee Chang-dong | 2000. Lee Chang-dong’s ‘Peppermint Candy’ is an unflinching and unhurried examination of a man in the backdrop of the ever-changing and volatile sociopolitical environment in Korea.
- The Wailing | Na Hong-jin | 2016. Na Hong-jin seamlessly blends multiple genres with ease, constructing a psychological horror involving satanic cult and ancient folk tale.
100 Most Popular Korean Movies. ... Set in Busan, South Korea during the 1970s, Lee Doo-sam builds an empire as a drug smuggler in the Busan underworld, while public ...