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  Korean Cinema
The Korean cinema has reached a level, for the first time ever, meeting the ambitions of its filmmakers.
The industry derives strength from a new generation of engineers educated at universities in the numerous cinema departments as well as from a new arena of studies in the surrounding areas of Seoul.
Korean cinema deserves attention because it has expanded not only quantitatively and economically but also in terms of aesthetics.
www.filmfestivals.com /database/film/filmus_korea.htm   (1041 words)

 Tale of Cinema. ( Hong Sang-soo , South Korea / France)
When this tendency is harnessed to the narrow imperative of narration, only what drives the story forward (in our lives as well as in the films we watch) has a compelling reason to appear in the field of vision, or even to exist at all.
This controlled awkwardness is matched in the first part of Tale of Cinema by a melodramatic plot, performed with a stilted, deliberate manner that, like the zooms, is somewhat difficult to parse.
Hong’s usual tale of masculinity is, in effect, a tale of cinema.
www.cinema-scope.com /cs25/spot_sang-soo_tale.htm   (1150 words)

 North Korea Times - North Korea News
SEOUL —; South Korea’s central bank held interest rates steady today but the lack of a signal that rising house prices could lead to tighter credit prompted the biggest one-day gain in...
SEOUL (AP) — North Korea is returning to international talks on its nuclear program to "completely remove the U.S. nuclear threat," a pro-Pyongyang newspaper said Thursday, indicating the...
SEOUL (AFP) - South Korea has reiterated a pledge to triple development aid to Africa by 2008 as part of efforts to enhance its economic and political influence in the continent.
story.northkoreatimes.com /index.php/ct/10/id/08aysdf7tga9s7f7   (1877 words)

 Korea Sessions   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
This panel explores various aspects of Korean cinema from the post-liberation period to the contemporary era, looking particularly at industrial policies, political determinants and cross-cultural influences, not to mention its often strained yet assimilative relationship with Hollywood.
Korea was an important territory for Hollywood during the Japanese colonial period as studios used film to "Americanize" Korean audiences.
However, there is a significant gap in the scholarship about the richness of Korean cinema before the 1980s and a tendency to overlook the film industry’s activities in the 1960s and 1970s as part of the continuum of its contemporary achievements.
www.aasianst.org /absts/2005abst/Korea/k-144.htm   (1101 words)

 2001 Annual Meeting: Korea Sessions   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
Korea’s recent experience has important implications for theories of democratization, as this post-1997 transition has been shaped by the Korean democratic "path" undertaken since 1987, as well as the competition for power among domestic actors and concurrent developments in Taiwan and Southeast Asia.
The effect of nationalist ideology on his political orientation was apparent in his efforts to legitimize the establishment of separate government in South on the basis of national reconstruction and in his view of the Korean war as a war of independence.
In North Korea, the isolationist communist state, the very act of crossing the border is considered to be an ultimate violation of the law and the punishment is severe.
www.aasianst.org /absts/2001abst/Korea/Sessions.htm   (11930 words)

 Faculty Profile for Kyung Hyun Hyun Kim
My first book, The Remasculinization of Korean Cinema (Duke University Press) was published in 2004 and its main argument is that the New Korean Cinema of the past quarter century has used the trope of masculinity to mirror the sociopolitical changes underway in the country.
The violence that is ubiquitous in many Korean films, for instance, is symptomatic of Korea's ongoing quest for modernity and for a post-authoritarian identity.
This new book is a collection of essays that engage fully the emergence of Korean cinema in the global setting of the recent years.
www.faculty.uci.edu /profile.cfm?faculty_id=3315   (766 words)

 Bright Lights Film Journal | Korean Films at the NYAFF
His films say loudly and clearly that the aesthetics of cinema are a function of motion, achieved through the manipulation of light and dark and stylized action, whether we agree with this or not.
The result is a lesson in imperfect cinema, poking fun at the drive for perfection reigning in cinema, compromised by its inevitable errors and shortcomings.
Set in early 19th century Korea, a period of nascent reform movements in the rigid Confucian kingdom, the movie tells the story of an island paper mill whose owner and his family were executed after he was wrongfully convicted of being a Catholic.
www.brightlightsfilm.com /53/korea.htm   (2021 words)

 Cinema of Korea - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
With Korean cinema for the first time working under something similar to conditions in other countries, both the quality and quantity of film-making had increased rapidly by the end of the 1950s.
Korean cinema enjoyed a brief period of unprecedented freedom during the 1960-1961 year interval between the administrations of Rhee and Park Chung Hee.
Outsider appraisal of North Korean cinema is often condescending, but of dubious worth given the difficult relationship the country has with the rest of the world, and the lack of access outsiders have to the country and its films.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Cinema_of_Korea   (4622 words)

 Welcome to KOFIC ( Korean Film Council ) (via CobWeb/3.1 planetlab2.isi.jhu.edu)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
KOFIC established the database of Contemporary Korean Cinema from 2000 to 2006, and published a book "Korean Film Database Book from 2000 to 2006".
Korea plays host to various international film festivals, ranging from major film festivals to independent film festivals.
Film Commissions can be found in major Korea cities; each providing film location services.
www.koreanfilm.or.kr.cob-web.org:8888   (198 words)

 Cinema Service - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Cinema Service (Hangul:시네마서비스) is a South Korean film production and distribution company.
They are one of the two largest film distributors in Korea, along with CJ Entertainment.
It survived during the Asian financial crisis and was in position to take advantage of the popularity boom of Korean cinema, becoming a major player in the East Asian film industry.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Cinema_Service   (153 words)

 Bright Lights Film Journal | Reunifying Identifies
The correlation is obvious as South Korea stood during the Cold War era at the frontline of the U.S. global campaign against the Soviet Union.
As stated earlier, because the doctrinaire perception of North Korea is fundamentally a result of Cold War international politics, the changed perception of North Korea in cinema requires a reevaluation of the role played by the United States in the second half of the 20th century in Korea.
Given the state of national cinemas and the dominance of American movies in recent years, what the move industry in Korea has done — routinely outdoing major Hollywood feature films at the box office — is quite remarkable.
www.brightlightsfilm.com /52/korea.htm   (3859 words)

 Amazon.com: Korean Cinema: The New Hong Kong: Books: Anthony Leong   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
The Remasculinization of Korean Cinema (Asia-Pacific) by Kyung Hyun Kim
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.
Korean Cinema: The New Hong Kong is a guidebook for exploring the new and exciting destination for exciting and innovative cinema: South Korea.
www.amazon.com /Korean-Cinema-New-Hong-Kong/dp/1553954610   (2232 words)

 Cinema of Japan - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The first Japanese performer to appear in a film professionally was the dancer/actress Tokuko Nagai Takagi, who appeared in four shorts for the American-based Thanhouser Company between 1911 and 1914 (source).
Most Japanese cinema theatres at the time employed benshi, narrators whose dramatic readings accompanied the film and its musical score which, like in the West, was often performed live.
The 1950s were the zenith of Japanese cinema, and three of its films (Rashōmon, The Seven Samurai, and Tokyo Story) made the Sight and Sound's 2002 Critics and Directors Poll for the best films of all time.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Cinema_of_Japan   (1591 words)

 Resources - ShoWest 2006: The Report
Suitable for 3D cinema, independent cinema applications and alternative content, these projection systems are ideal for projections up to nine meters.
Panasonic also announced the development of a full resolution 1080p projector for cinema applications that will be delivered by the fourth quarter of this year.
At the heart of the Cinema Media Network is the DTS XD10 Cinema Media Player, a single platform solution that provides high definition video and DTS digital surround sound presentation of E-Cinema content, digital soundtracks for feature programs, as well as DTS-CSS subtitles, captions and audio description services.
www.digitalcinemareport.com /showest2006report.html   (2772 words)

 Koreanfilm.org - Movie reviews, news, actor info and more from Korea
Censorship in Korean Cinema, 1995-2002 by Darcy Paquet
Genrebending in Contemporary Korean Cinema by Darcy Paquet
A native of Massachusetts, he has been living in Korea since 1997 (see Darcy's homepage).
www.koreanfilm.org   (486 words)

 Weblinks / Film / Showroom / New films from Korea
History of Early Korean Cinema - Essay (1,700 words) by Lee Young-Il that covers the development of cinema in Korea up to Arirang, the landmark of Korean Cinema produced in 1926.
More History (and other performing arts in Korea) - Four short pieces on different periods and themes in Korean cinema, including the 'golden age' (1950s and early 60s) and the emergence of the first auteurs.
The minister of culture and tourism is a renowned filmmaker, reducing protection for the local film industry, and relations with North Korea.
weblearn.sheffcol.ac.uk /links/Film/Showroom/New_films_from_Korea   (521 words)

 Korean Movie Reviews for 2000: JSA, The Foul King, The Isle, Barking Dogs Never Bite, Chunhyang, Peppermint Candy, and ...
Korea also continues to churn out scores of fascinating, high-quality short films.
After the semi-colonization of Korean cinema by spasmodic, attention-deficit "romantic comedies," exemplified by Jeon's own My Sassy Girl and its countless spawns, what initially might have appeared in 2000 like vapid affectation now seems to be an embodiment of a lost cinematic virtue: restraint.
I probably feel the same way in Korea." Whereas Chinese immigrants are presented to question who is truly at home in Korea, and what "home" really means, the Japanese side of the equation features an Iranian character who is eventually displaced.
www.koreanfilm.org /kfilm00.html   (8727 words)

 HanCinema :: The Korean Movie and Drama Database, discover the South Korean cinema and drama diversity
After breaking with her agency DSPent after eight years, Lee ended speculation where she is headed when she concluded a verbal agreement with the CJ affiliate M-Net Media to be represented exclusively by the company for three years for a rumored W1.5 billion (US$1=...
SEOUL, Nov. 8 (Yonhap) -- Cross-production is the emerging trend in the Asian movie industry, but there's a long way to go for South Korea and Japan to make a movie that is appealing to both, a leading critic claimed Wednesday.
Few co-produced films between the two neighbors have enjoyed commercial success since they began to appear in around 2000, as they overlooked cultural differences, Yu Gi...
www.hancinema.net /modele.php   (991 words)

 KJ Asia Online - Cinema
Unlike the popular cinema, the New Indian cinema is almost always concerned with the common man. The heroes are not supermen with extraordinary ambition, who have to rise from poverty, tame the rich girl and fight the evil landlord, but ordinary men and women acting under the pressures of ordinary living.
It is a form of individualization as the characters no longer have to represent icons of society like the "suffering wife" or the "evil mother-in-law".
Cinema is alive and well, and filmmakers are still surprising and enthusing us.
www.kyotojournal.org /media/cinema.html   (1093 words)

 Flower Island (KOREA 2001)
Time will tell if his impact will be as powerful as Hur Jin-ho's first feature (Christmas in August), but Flower Island promises great things for the future of Cinema in Korea, and even the World.
It establishes Song Il-gon as another interesting director to come out of Korea, and introduces us to a cast of relatively unknown performers that hopefully will get bigger roles.
It also confirms that short film is producing the best things (directly and indirectly) of the last few years.
www.lovehkfilm.com /panasia/flower_island.htm   (566 words)

 U. of I. scholar awarded research grant by South Korean film council
Her winning project is titled “A Critical Filmography of World CinemaKorea.” Gateward’s proposal was one of only three to be selected in the international competition.
The volume she produces as a result of her research grant will be her second book-length project on the national cinema of Korea.
Her anthology “Seoul Searching: Culture and Identity in Contemporary Korean Cinema” is forthcoming from SUNY Press.
www.news.uiuc.edu /news/06/0614gateward.html   (239 words)

 May 2006 Film Calendar, NewsCenter, Northwestern University
Block Cinema is a collaboration of the Northwestern University School of Communication, the Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art and the student-run Film and Projection Society.
Unless noted, general admission to Block Cinema screenings is $6 or $4 for Block Museum members, students with ID's and senior citizens.
Because of the great variety of films made in Korea, Block Cinema has focused on a category of Korean cinema: recent tales of revenge and horror -- sometimes called “shock” cinema and not for the faint of heart.
www.northwestern.edu /newscenter/stories/2006/05/block.html   (1915 words)

 Bibliography of Korean Cinema
"The Fractured Cinema of North Korea: The Discourse of the Nation in Sea of Blood." In In Pursuit of Contemporary East Asian Culture, ed.
"Cinema and Construction of Nationhood in Contemporary Korea." The Journal of Asiatic Studies, 43: 2 (2000).
Traces of Korean Cinema from 1945 to 1959.
koreanfilm.org /bibliography.html   (5452 words)

 ASIAN POP Korean Movies, Hold The Koreans / The world's hottest cinema is coming to a multiplex near you -- as a remake.
South Korea has produced internationally recognized masters such as the incomparable Im Kwon-taek, and some of his 98 films have made it to the art-house and festival circuits.
Until the recent turnaround in the late '90s, however, the South Korean motion-picture industry was largely underfunded and censored, and it produced films that routinely bombed at the box office.
Theatrical distribution, however, is a different picture, even with Korean cinema's exuberant mainstream fare, which mixes gangster, horror, sci-fi, romance and comedy genres.
www.sfgate.com /cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/g/a/2004/07/01/korcine.DTL   (1987 words)

 Don't Forget Him When He's Cool: An Interview with Song Il-gon
In contrast to the ready-made ingénues, the current and ex-TV actresses, and the commercially overexposed mega-stars of Korean cinema, Suh Jung remains quite an exceptional enigma.
The Korea Herald astutely, but disapprovingly, referred to the film as a “a jigsaw puzzle with some of its pieces missing”, calling attention to Song's intentional plot-trimming strategies.
JB: Art cinema in Korea rarely succeeds financially, but there is often substantial interest from festivals and buyers overseas.
www.sensesofcinema.com /contents/05/36/song_il-gon.html   (2734 words)

 BBC - BBC Four Cinema - Asian Invasion 3
Many critics consider Korean cinema to be the most exciting in the world today.
Among the directors Jonathan meets are Park Chan-wook, whose film Oldboy won the Grand Prix at Cannes in 2004.
He also looks at an extremely odd little monster movie produced by North Korean dictator Kim Jong-il who kidnapped the film's director from South Korea to make his dream project.
www.bbc.co.uk /bbcfour/cinema/features/asian-invasion3.shtml   (125 words)

 Durban International Film Festival 2005   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
Korea is really one of the most vibrant and exciting film-producing countries in the world right now, so we are very pleased to place a spotlight on the fascinating cinema of Korea,” says festival programmer Nashen Moodley.
Winner of the major prize at the Pusan International Film Festival, Grain In Ear is a gripping study of a woman who struggles to survive on the edges of society.
Programme booklets with the full screening schedule and synopses of all the films are available free at cinemas, Computicket, and other outlets.
www.cca.ukzn.ac.za /DIFF_2006newskorea.htm   (554 words)

 Fantasia 2004 Part 1: Selections from Japan (mainly) and Korea<
In the film’s premise people travel vertically in elevators to various city floor ‘levels.’ A varied group of passengers, including two teenagers, a mother and her baby, a scientist, and the elevator girl, are terrorized when two psychotic inmates overwhelm and murder the policeman escorting them to the prison level.
Behind Japan in quantity but not quality was the cinema of Korea, which featured some of the festival’s best and most highly attended films.
Since Korea does not yet have the technology to process the sample, it is sent to America to make a DNA test against the suspect’s.
www.horschamp.qc.ca /new_offscreen/fantasia2004_pt1.html   (4438 words)

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