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Call for papers: Directory of World Cinema: Korea (Intellect Press: 2011)

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Please find below the call for papers for the forthcoming Directory of World Cinema: Korea, to be published by Intellect Press in 2011.

This is an exciting project. Intellect’s Directory of World Cinema: Japan has just recently been published. Details can be found here:,id=4679/

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Directory of World Cinema: Korea


The directory of world cinema aims to bring a new dimension to the academic study of film. The directory is intended to play a part in the distribution of academic output, by building a forum for the study of film from a disciplined theoretical base.

I am delighted to be the editor for Intellect’s Directory of World Cinema: Korea, having previously written reviews and essays for Directory of World Cinema: Japan and Directory of World Cinema: America Independent (both edited by John Berra).

The directory will be available both as hard copy and an online resource, with the publication of the print volume scheduled for July 2011.

Please note that this is the first volume in what is an ongoing project and I have had to make decisions about what would be the most useful to include in this volume.

Detailed information can be found at:

The volume will consist of both critical essays (1,500- 2,000 words) and individual film reviews (700-800 words). Beginning with a series of independent essays providing focus on key areas of Korean cinema, the book moves into essays on four key South Korean directors before moving into sections, divided by either genre or cinematic movement. For each of these sections, there will be an introductory essay and between ten and twenty reviews available of key films (the online database will be more extensive than this).

While at the moment the book is predominantly concerned with South Korean cinema, simply because it is more difficult to get hold of films from North Korea in view of the current political situation, I anticipate future volumes to have more extensive listings and reviews of North Korean films.

My remit for this volume is simple. It should be informative, educational and entertaining. It should become an indispensible and comprehensive resource on Korean cinema. This volume has been shaped by my struggle to find information for my forthcoming book on Korean horror cinema. It is not that this information does not exist, as there are a number of excellent books on Korean cinema, but it is the ease of having access to information in one place which is offered by such a directory.

Dr Colette Balmain
March 2010


  • North Korean Cinema
  • Festival Spotlight: The London Korean Film Festival
  • Film Education: from apprenticeships to film school
  • On Location: Screening Seoul
  • The Korea Wave: Hallyu


  • Kim Ki-Duk
  • Kim Ki-Young
  • Im Kwon-Taek
  • Bong Joon-Ho

Gay and Lesbian Cinema

  • Essay
  • Reviews
    • Ascetic: Woman and Woman (Kim Su-hyeong, 1976)
    • Blue Gate Crossing (Yee Chin-yen, 2002)
    • Boy Meets Boy (Kim Jho Kwang-soo, 2009)
    • Broken Branches (Park Jae-ho, 1995)
    • Bungee Jumping of Their Own (Kim Daeseung, 2001)
    • Frozen Flower (Ha Yu, 2008)
    • Lies (Jang Sun-Woo, 1999)
    • No regret (Leesong Hee-il, 2006)
    • Road Movie (Kim In-sik, 2002)
    • The King and the Clown (Lee Jun-ik, 2005)

Golden Age Melodrama

  • Essay
  • Reviews
    • Romance Papa (Shin Sang-ok, 1960)
    • Black Hair (Lee Man-hui, 1964)
    • The Daughter’s of Kim Pharmacy (Hyun Mok Yoo, 1963)
    • Love Me Once Again (Jeong So-yeong, 1968)
    • Madame Freedom (Han Hyeong-mo, 1956)
    • Mr. Park (Kang Dae-jin, 1960)
    • The Flower in Hell (Shin Sang-ok, 1958)
    • Money (Kim So-dong, 1958)
    • The Sea Knows (Kim Ki-Young, 1961)
    • The Widow (Park Nam-Ok, 1955)
    • The Coachman (Kang Dae-jin, 1961)
    • The Student Boarder (Jeong Jin-woo, 1966)
    • The Stray Bullet (Hyun Mok Yoo, 1961)
    • Gate of Woman (Byun Jang-ho, 1972)

Romantic Comedy

  • Essay
  • Reviews
    • …ing (Lee Eon-hie, 2003)
    • 100 Days with Mr Arrogant (Shin Dong-yeob, 2004)
    • 200 Pounds Beauty (Kim Yong-hwa, 2006)
    • Art Museum by the Zoo (Lee Jeong-hya, 1998)
    • Everybody Has Secrets (Jang Hyeon-su, 2004)
    • I’m a Cyborg (Park Chan-wook, 2006)
    • Love in Magic (Cheon Se-Hwan, 2005)
    • My Crazy First Love (Oh Jong-rok, 2003)
    • My Little Bride (Kim Ho-joon, 2004)
    • My Sassy Girl (Kwak Jae-young, 2001)
    • My Tutor Friend (Kim Yong-hwa, 2003)
    • Please Teach Me English (Kim Sung-sum, 2003)
    • Too Beautiful to Lie (Bae Hyeong-jun, 2004)
    • Windstruck (Kwak Jae-young, 2004)
    • I Wish I Had a Wife (Park Heung-shik, 2000)
    • My Love, My Bride (Lee Myung-Se, 1990)

Period Drama

  • Essay
  • Reviews
    • The Hut (Lee Doo-Yong, 1980)
    • Chihwaseon (Im Kwon-taek, 2002)
    • Goryeojang (Kim Ki-Young, 1963)
    • Hwang Jin-Yi (Chang Yoon-Hyun, 2007)
    • Jang Hie-bin (Jeong Chang-hwa, 1961)
    • Musa (Kim Sung-su, 2001)
    • Seong Chunhyang (Shin Sang-ok, 1961)
    • Spinning the Tales of Cruelty Towards Women/Spinning Wheel (Lee Doo-yong, 1983)
    • Surrogate Mother (Im Kwon-Taek, 1986)
    • The Divine Weapon (Kim Yu-jin, 2008)
    • The Harmonium In My Memory (Lee Young-jae, 1999)
    • Untold Scandal (Lee Je-yong, 2003)
    • Forbidden Quest (Kim Dae-woo, 2006)


  • Essay
  • Reviews
    • Always Be Boyz (John Wootaak Kwon, 2007)
    • Beyond the Years (Im Kwon-taek, 2007)
    • Chunhyang (Im Kwon-taek, 1998)
    • Confession of Youth (Choi Kyeong-ok, 1964)
    • Dasepo Naughty Girls (Lee Je-yong, 2006)
    • Emergency Act 19 (Kim Tae-gyu, 2002)
    • Highway Star (Kim Hyun-su and Kim Sang-chan, 2007)
    • Hyperbola of Youth (Han Hyeong-mo, 1956)
    • Midnight Ballad for Ghost Theater (Soo Jeon Kyeo, 2007)
    • Mother, Daughter, and Guitar (Kang Chan-woo, 1964)
    • The Fox Family (Lee Hyung-gon, 2006)

Science Fiction Cinema

  • Essay
  • Reviews
    • 2009: Lost Memories (Lee Si-myung, 2002)
    • Arahan (Ryoo Seung-wan, 2004)
    • Ditto (Kim Jeong-kwon, 2000)
    • Dream of a Warrior (Park Hee-joon, 2001)
    • Il Mare (Lee Hyun-seung, 2000)
    • Natural City (Min Byung-chun, 2003)
    • Resurrection of the Little Match Girl (Jang Sun-Woo, 2002)
    • Save The Green Planet (Jang Joon-Hwan, 2003)
    • Silk (Su Chao-Bin, 2006)
    • The Host (Bong Joon-ho, 2006)
    • Yesterday (Jeon Yun-su, 2002)
    • Yongary: Monster From The Deep (Kim Ki-duk, 1967)
    • Yonggary (Shim Hyung-rae, 1999)
    • Space Monster, Wangmagwi (Kwon Hyeok-jin, 1967)

New Korean Cinema

  • Essay
  • Reviews
    • Shiri (Kang Je-gyu, 1999)
    • Joint Security Area (Park Chan-wook, 2000)
    • Public Enemy/Another Public Enemy/Public Enemy Returns (Kang Woo-Suk, 2002/2005/2008)
    • City of Violence (Ryoo Seung-wan, 2006)
    • Typhoon (Kwak Kyung-Taek, 2005)
    • Christmas in August (Hur Jin-ho, 1998)
    • Peppermint Candy (Lee Chang-dong, 2000)
    • Sopyonje (Im Kwon-taek, 1993)
    • Friend (Kwak Kyung-Taek, 2001)
    • Take Care of My Cat (Jeong Jae-eun, 2001)
    • Oldboy (Park Chan-wook, 2003)

Korean New Wave

  • Essay
  • Reviews
    • Declaration of Fools (Lee Chang-Ho, 1983)
    • Potato (Byeon Jang-ho, 1987)
    • White Badge (Jeong Ji-yeong, 1992)
    • Black Republic (Park Kwang-su, 1990)
    • The Man With Three Coffins (Lee Chang-Ho, 1987).
    • People of Ko-bang Neighborhood (Bae Chang-ho, 1982)
    • Chilsu and Mansu (Park Kwang-Su, 1988)
    • The Night before the Strike (Jangsan-gotmae, 1990)
    • A Petal (Jang Sun-Woo, 1996)
    • The Power of Kangwon Province (Hong Sang-soo, 1998)
    • Song of Resurrection (Lee Jeong-guk, 1990)
    • Our Twisted Hero (Park Chong-won, 1992)
    • Susan Brink’s Arirang (Jang Kil-soo, 1991)
    • Why has Bodhi-Dharma Left for the East? (Bae Yong-kyun, 1989)


  • Essay
  • Reviews
    • Suddenly At Midnight (Ko Young-nam, 1981)
    • Hansel & Gretel (Yim Pil-Sung, 2007)
    • A Thousand Year Old Fox (Su Chao-Bin, 1969)
    • The Housemaid (Kim Ki-Young, 1960)
    • The Wishing Stairs Series (1-5)
    • Possessed (Lee Yong-Joo, 2009)
    • Tell Me Something (Chang Yoon-Hyun, 1999)
    • The Butcher (Kim Jin-Won, 2007)
    • A Tale of Two Sisters (Kim Ji-woon, 2003)
    • Bloody Reunion (Lim Dae-wung, 2006)
    • The Doll Master (Jeong Yong-ki, 2004)
    • The Wig (Won Shin-yeon, 2005)
    • The Ring Virus (Kim Dong-bin, 1999)
    • Into the Mirror (Kim Sung-ho, 2003)
    • Thirst (Park Chan-wook, 2009)
    • Epitaph (Jeong Beom-sik and Sik Jeong, 2007)
    • The Devil’s Stairway (Lee Man-hui, 1964)
    • A Devilish Homicide (Lee Yongmin, 1965)
    • Ouija Board (Ahn Byeong-ki, 2004)
    • 301/302 (Park Chul-soo, 1995)

If you are interested in contributing to this project please contact me indicating what essays/reviews you would like to do. If you want to discuss the content of the directory, please get in touch. I will wherever possible ensure that
the allocation of topics/reviews is fair, and builds upon areas of expertise. The initial deadline for proposed topics / reviews is April 14th.

balmacolet [at] aol [dot] com

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