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. Bong Joon-ho
The latest feature by leading director Bong Joon-ho is a sensation, having become the first Korean film ever to win the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival. Its rapturous reception at Cannes is now being replicated in Korea, with its release taking place in the midst of a media storm. A hard-to-describe black comedy about a poor family and a rich family, the film features a strong ensemble cast headed by Song Kang-ho.
Upcoming Film Festivals
7th Muju Film Festival
19th Korea Queer Film Festival
23rd Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival
(Jun 27-Jul 7)
4th Chungmuro International Musical Film Festival
23rd Seoul International Cartoon & Animation Festival
21st Jeongdongjin Independent Film Festival
15th Jecheon International Music & Film Festival
21st Seoul International Women's Film Festival
(Aug 29-Sep 5)
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