Korean cinema : paradox, ideology and cultural exceptionalism

Korea emancipates itself from the Hollywood-imposed orthodoxy to produce vital, first-rate cinema: overview

Korean cinema was born at a time when the peninsula was still under Japanese control (since 1910). It immediately became a tool of resistance, with communists, especially, seizing on this opportunity. Na Un-gyu directed, in 1926, the first known (but since lost) film, “Arirang.” And yet, cinema as we know it today was borne of the civil war (1950-1953), a conflict that resulted in the country ... more >