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
(Feb 7-17)

Seoul Independent Documentary Film Festival
(Mar 22-29)

Busan International Short Film Festival
(Apr 24-29)

Udine Far East Film Festival
(Apr 26-May 4)

Jeonju International Film Festival
(May 2-11)


Subtitled Screenings in Korea

"All in Korean" Facebook Page
(run by volunteers)

Screenings with English Subtitles
(run by KOFIC)


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at the About Koreanfilm.org page

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Site contact: darcy@koreanfilm.org

Personal blogs of our contributors:
Kyu Hyun · Tom

Navigating this Site

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Film Reviews

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our Review Index sorted by title

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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 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.

Highlighted Essays

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
at Koreanfilm.org