Author: Brian Yecies, Cho Junhyoung, Chris Berry, Christina Klein, Chung Hye Seung, Chung-bang Kim, Daniel Martin, Darcy Paquet, David E James, David Scott Diffrient, Eun Ah Cho, Han Sang Kim, Hye Jean Chung, Hyun Seon Park, Jinhee Choi, Juhn Y Ahn, Julian Stringer, Keith Wagner, Kelly Y Jeong, Kukhee Choo, Kyu Hyun Kim, Kyung Hyun Kim, Lee Hyang-jin, Markus Norms, Michelle Cho, Nam Lee, Nayoung Aimee Kwon, Nikki Lee, Peter Y Paik, Sangjoon Lee, Seung-hoon Jeong, Shin Chi-yun, Steve Choe, Steven Chung, Travis Workman, Ungsan Kim
Publisher: University of Michigan Press, 2019.
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South Korean cinema is a striking example of non-Western contemporary cinematic success. Thanks to the increasing numbers of moviegoers and domestic films produced, South Korea has become one of the world’s major film markets. In 2001, the South Korean film industry became the first in recent history to reclaim its domestic market from Hollywood and continues to maintain around a 50 percent market share today. High-quality South Korean films are increasingly entering global film markets and connecting with international audiences in commercial cinemas and art theatres, and at major international film festivals. Despite this growing recognition of the films themselves, Korean cinema’s rich heritage has not heretofore received significant scholarly attention in English-language publications.
This groundbreaking collection of thirty-five essays by a wide range of academic specialists situates current scholarship on Korean cinema within the ongoing theoretical debates in contemporary global film studies. Chapters explore key films of Korean cinema, from Sweet Dream, Madame Freedom, The Housemaid, and The March of Fools to Oldboy, The Host, and Train to Busan, as well as major directors such as Shin Sang-ok, Kim Ki-young, Im Kwon-taek, Bong Joon-ho, Hong Sang-soo, Park Chan-wook, and Lee Chang-dong. While the chapters provide in-depth analyses of particular films, together they cohere into a detailed and multidimensional presentation of Korean cinema’s cumulative history and broader significance.
With its historical and critical scope, abundance of new research, and detailed discussion of important individual films, Rediscovering Korean Cinema is at once an accessible classroom text and a deeply informative compendium for scholars of Korean and East Asian studies, cinema and media studies, and communications. It will also be an essential resource for film industry professionals and anyone interested in international cinema.
Introduction | Sangjoon Lee
- A Brief History of Korean Cinema | Cho Junhyoung
- Sweet Dream (1936) and the Transformation of Cinema in Colonial Korea | Brian Yecies
- Spring in the Korean Peninsula (1941) | Nayoung Aimee Kwon
- A Hometown in the Heart (1949) | Juhn Ahn
- Piagol (1955) | Travis Workman
- Madame Freedom (1956) | Christina Klein
- Flower in Hell (1958) | Steven Chung
- The Housemaid (1960) | Chris Berry
- Aimless Bullet (1961) | Kelly Y Jeong
- Mist (1967) | Chung-bang Kim
- The Road to Sampo (1975) | Hyun Seon Park
- The March of Fools (1975) | Han Sang Kim
- Declaration of Idiot (1983) | Hyangjin Lee
- Chilsu and Mansu (1988) | Darcy Paquet
- The Night Before the Strike (1990) | Nam Lee
- My Love, My Bride (1990) | Jinhee Choi
- The Murmuring Trilogy (1995-99) | Hye Jean Chung
- A Petal (1996) | Steve Choe
- The Power of Kangtvon Province (1998) | Julian Stringer
- Die Bad (2000) | Nikki J. Y. Lee
- Ch’unhyang, Chihwaseon, and Hanji | David E. James
- My Sassy Girl (2001) | Kukhee Choo
- Take Care of My Cat (2001) | Michelle Cho
- Oldboy (2003) | Kyu Hyun Kim
- Repatriation (2003) | Markus Norms
- A Tale of Two Sisters (2003) | Daniel Martin
- 3-Iron (2004) | Hye Seung Chung
- The Host (2006) | Peter Y Paik
- Family Ties (2006) | Chi-Yun Shin
- Secret Sunshine (2007) | David Scott Diffrient
- The Journals of Musan (2010) | Eun Ah Cho
- Stateless Things (2011) | Ungsan Kim
- Snowpiercer (2013) | Seung-hoon Jeong
- Ode to My Father (2014) | Kyung Hyun Kim
- Train to Busan (2016) | Keith B. Wagner
Chronology of Korean Cinema
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