[Guest Post] Old Boy: How Korean Cinema has Begun to Influence Hollywood 2014/01/24,
Mainstream Hollywood movie making is constantly reinventing itself. With influences ebbing and flowing, certain styles become apparent to the wider attention of the industry before being assimilated into the greater cinematic language of box office film making. Following a fairly familiar pattern, this cycle appears to have moved towards Korean cinema, and a growing influence is starting to become apparent. With Korean films and directors receiving wider distribution deals, being hired to direct American films and having their own films remade for an American audience, the Korean film industry's ability to affect and influence the wider world of cinema is increasing. Perhaps the most interesting manner in which to examine this growing influence is the parallel between the Korean film industry and the Blaxploitation cinema of the 1980s,...More
Disney's 'Frozen' tops local box office 2014/01/20, Source,
Last weekend, Disney's 3-D animated film "Frozen" topped the local box office, knocking the Korean film "The Attorney" off the top spot for the first time in four weeks. "Frozen" took more than 1 million admissions from Friday to Sunday, according to the Korean Film Council, earning just over 8 billion won, or $7.5 million. "The Attorney" had 510,000 admissions at the weekend to bring its 33-day total to nearly 10.2 million, making it the eighth-biggest Korean movie of all time,...More
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
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