Korean Movies

The term “Cinema of Korea / Korean Movies ” (or “Korean cinema”) encompasses the motion picture industries of North and South Korea. As with all aspects of Korean life during the past century, the film industry has often been at the mercy of political events, from the late Joseon dynasty to the Korean War to domestic governmental interference. While both countries have relatively robust film industries today, only South Korean films have achieved wide international acclaim. North Korean films tend to portray their communist or revolutionary themes.

South Korean films enjoyed a “Golden age” during the late 1950s, and 1960s, but by the 1970s had become generally considered to be of low quality. Nonetheless, by 2005 South Korea had become one of few nations to watch more domestic than imported films in theatres due largely to laws placing limits on the number of foreign films able to be shown per theatre per year. In the theaters, Korean films must be played for 73 days per year since 2006. On cable TV 25% domestic film quota will be reduced to 20% after KOR-US FTA. – Wikipedia

The craze for Kpop is slowly reaching Europe and the US, Gangnam Style a music video by South Korean singer PSY was the first video to reach 1 billion views on Youtube in 2012, K-dramas are being exported to the Middle East … Music, Games, TV shows: the South Korean culture seems particularly trendy these days. But what about the South Korean cinema?

South Korea is one of the few countries where local productions have a dominant share of the domestic market, surpassing American movies. Not only do Korean movies garner public attention in their homeland, but they also win awards in prestigious international film festivals such as Cannes, Berlin or Venice: in September 2012, during the 69th Venice Film Festival, the best film award went to “Pietà”, by South Korean director Kim Ki-Duk.