Top 101 Korean movies unveiled 2014/01/19, Source,
Top to bottom: Tied for best Korean film in a Korean Film Archive survey are "Aimless Bullet" (1961), "The Housemaid - 1960" (1960) and "The March of Fools" (1975). [JoongAng Ilbo]
It was a big day for Korean movies yesterday as the Korean Film Archive announced its top 101 Korean films of all time, also adding that it has discovered a lost film from the 1960s, a classic it plans to digitally restore. Lee Byeong-hoon, director of the KFA, released the list of top Korean movies, compiled from a survey of 62 leading cinema experts, just in time to mark the organization's 40th anniversary. Lee said that these titles will be screened at the KFA Cinematheque in Mapo, western Seoul, over the next year,...More
[HanCinema's Classics] "Woman of Fire" (1971): Infestations of the Heart and Home 2014/01/10,
Riddled with rats, reds, and psychosexual perversions, Kim Ki-young's "Woman of Fire" (1971) is disturbing classic of note. If home is where the heart is, the castle from which a man rules, then untested kings beware; for no walls are higher enough and no moat too toxic to prevent Kim's black-blooded and blackmailing femme fatales from scurrying in and chewing on the phallic foundations.
"Woman of Fire" is the second motion picture in Kim Ki-young's 'housemaid trilogy', an adulterous series of misfortunate sexapades that started with Kim's masterly "The Housemaid - 1960", was further fuelled by "Woman of Fire", and rekindled once more with "Woman of Fire '82" (1982). These incendiary time capsules are all variants and remakes of the same disastrous domestic scenario, celluloided celebrations of fantastical femme fatales that enter Korea's strawman's mansions and gnaw at the hibernating hamartia that resides. In these Trojan tropes, corruptible morality is explored through psychosexual themes of fantasy and desire, threats to the hearth brought about by the welcoming of a dormant sexual reactor into the nuclear family,...More
[HanCinema's Image Gallery] "Woman of Fire" (1971) 2014/01/10, A selection of shots from Kim Ki-young's 1971 classic: "Woman of Fire"Kim Ki-young is one of Korea's most iconic director and created what many critics believe to be Korea's greatest film: "The Housemaid - 1960". Kim would later return to the themes and images found in that masterly film, and produced two other very similar movies that would later be called his 'Housemaid trilogy'.
The following gallery contains a selection of shots and comments from his second film in that trilogy: "Woman of Fire" (1971) - To Remember, Share, and Enjoy! [spoiler],...More