Welcome! First launched by Darcy Paquet in 1999, this site
has grown with the help of many volunteers to provide
a comprehensive introduction to Korean cinema.
Now Screening in Korea:
dir. Choi Kuk-hee
Set during the 1997 financial meltdown, Default aims to capture both the devastating effect of the crisis on South Korea's middle class, and the controversial negotiations behind the IMF's $58 billion bailout. Starring Kim Hye-soo, Yoo Ah-in, Heo Jun-ho and French actor Vincent Cassel.
Upcoming Film Festivals
44th Seoul Independent Film Festival
(Nov 29-Dec 7)
Berlin International Film Festival
Seoul Independent Documentary Film Festival
Busan International Short Film Festival
Udine Far East Film Festival
(Apr 26-May 4)
Jeonju International Film Festival
Subtitled Screenings in Korea
Browse by year at the links below, or check
our Review Index sorted by title
2018 · 2017 · 2016
2015 · 2014 · 2013 · 2012 · 2011
2010 · 2009 · 2008 · 2007 · 2006
2005 · 2004 · 2003 · 2002 · 2001
2000 · 1999 · 1998 · 1997 · 1996
1990-95 · 1980s · 1970s · 1960s · 1945-59
Documentaries · "The Korean Connection"
DVDs and Blu-rays · Music Videos · TV Dramas
Our Film Festival Reports contain impressions of films, retrospectives, and other issues from festivals in Korea and elsewhere. Our most recent report is from the 2018 Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival.
If you're searching for Books About Korean Cinema, this page will provide information, summaries and tables of contents for all the major book releases.
We've done a number of Interviews with Korean Filmmakers over the years. Our most recent interview is Adam Hartzell's 2017 talk with Zainichi director Yang Yonghi.
At the end of each year our Top Ten Lists bring together our thoughts and picks for the best Korean films of the year.
Visit our Directors' Pages for detailed introductions to the work of a few specific filmmakers.
Making Amends: Korean Cinema in 2017
(from the Far East Film Festival)
by Darcy Paquet
Taking in a Few South Korean Baseball Films
by Adam Hartzell
A Short History of Korean Film
by Darcy Paquet
A History of Korean Animation
by Tom Giammarco
Best Films of the 21st Century's First Decade
by various contributors
Delays in Celluloid
by Chris Stults
Click for the Complete List of Essays