Korean film in 2012 2012/02/01, Source,
The Korean film industry has a lot to offer for the year of 2012. Korean films have been gathering more attention around the world and in the domestic market, as Korean films gain attention and Korean actors and producers take part in more international collaborations.
According to the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, the market share for Korean films was 51.9%, up from 46.5 in 2010 and marking the first time in modern history that Korean moviegoing audiences showed a marked preference for domestic movies. As well, film exports increased by 14% in 2011,...More
'Cyber tailing' becoming a social problem 2012/01/28, Source, "We must punish the murderers by searching out and spreading their parents' identity, occupation, workplace and their detailed address on the Internet. The main culprit's photo is prerequisite. Is there anyone who is brave enough to do so?"
This is a posting put on the online board, just after a middle school boy in Daegu committed suicide. He was known to have suffered from bullying. Soon after, an unidentified person uploaded personal information of the bullies -- and even their parents and friends -- on the Internet, and they were obliged to suffer from netizens' bad-mouthing,...More
[2011 Top 10 stories] Disabled are silent no more 2011/12/29, Source,
A film called "Dogani" ("The Crucible"), based on a novel by Gong Ji-young, stirred up enormous outrage among Koreans this year. The film tells the true story of sexual abuse at a school in Gwangju. Teachers at Inhwa School allegedly raped hearing-impaired students. Over 4.5 million viewers saw the film, and even though the original case closed in 2006 with little media attention, public outcry both on and offline led to a new police investigation,...More
A look back at the year's breakout films 2011/12/15, Source,
(Above picture: Scenes from "The Crucible" - Photos courtesy of CJ E&M)
In 2011, Korean films brought attention to the individuals and issues that have otherwise remained unaddressed, underrepresented, or simply unexplored. While the questions posed by these films varied, provoking responses ranging from angry shock to laughter and sympathy, all called for a collective reconsideration of the social dynamics and relationships that can be found in Korean society today.
The film Dogani, also known as "The Crucible", is based on actual events that took place at a Gwangju school for the hearing-impaired, where young students were the victims of repeated sexual assaults by faculty members over a period of five years. Depicting both the crimes and the court proceedings that let the teachers off with minimal punishment, the film sparked public outrage upon its September release, which eventually resulted in a reopening of the investigations into the incidents. With over 4 million people in Korea having watched the film, the demand for legislative reform reached all the way to the National Assembly, where a revised bill, dubbed the "The Crucible" Bill, was passed in late October to abolish the statute of limitations for sex crimes against minors and the disabled,...More
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