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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:

Alive

#Alive
dir. Il Cho

The Korean box office has unexpectedly stumbled to life with the release of the zombie movie #Alive on June 24. Based on the low-budget American feature Alone and refashioned for the Korean market by director Il Cho (Cho Il-hyeong) and screenwriter Matt Naylor, #Alive sold over a million tickets by the end of its first weekend. Starring Yoo Ah-in (Burning) and Park Sin-hye (The Royal Tailor), the film about a sudden zombie outbreak has received a pummeling from viewers online, but it continues to pull viewers into the theater.



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Upcoming Film Festivals

19th Mise-en-scenes Short Film Festival
(Jun 25-Jul 1)

22nd Udine Far East Film Festival
(online Jun 26-Jul 4)

15th Busan International Kids and Youth Film Festival
(Jul 7-13)

24th Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival
(Jul 9-16)



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Special Pages

    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.




Highlighted Essays

Sending a Message: Korean Cinema in 2018
(from the Far East Film Festival)

by Darcy Paquet


Park Chul-soo: South Korea's Neglected Auteur
by Adam Hartzell


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


Click for the Complete List of Essays
at Koreanfilm.org