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. Lee Hae-jun and Kim Byeong-seo
The biggest film of the winter season, Ashfall (Korean title: Baekdu-san) posits a massive eruption of the volcano Mt Baekdu along the North Korea-China border. With the entire peninsula under threat, the South Korean government initiates a risky operation to release pressure under the volcano before the whole thing blows. With a huge $25 million budget and a star cast including Lee Byung-hun, Ha Jung-woo, Ma Dong-seok, Jeon Hye-jin and K-pop singer Bae Suzy, the film is dominating the nation's screens, but getting pummelled by critics.
Upcoming Film Festivals
"Relentless Invention: New Korean Cinema, 1996-2003" in New York
(Nov 22-Dec 4)
45th Seoul Independent Film Festival
(Nov 28-Dec 6)
2020 Seoul Independent Documentary Film Festival
(Mar 26-Apr 2)
Subtitled Screenings in Korea
Navigating this Site
Browse by year at the links below, or check
our Review Index sorted by title
2019 · 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 Melissa Kim's 2018 talk with director/actor Moon So-ri.
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