Korean rookie director Park Jung-bum's The "Journals of Musan" won the Tiger Award at the 40th Rotterdam International Film Festival on February 4 in the Netherlands. It also scored the FIRPRESCI Award, given by the International Federation of Film Critics. "The Journals of Musan" is the story of a North Korean defector struggling to live in South Korea. Park Jung-bum served as the first assistant director on Lee Chang-dong's film "Poetry", which won Best Screenplay at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival, and he was director, screenplay writer and actor for his debut film, "The Journals of Musan", which was invited to the Pusan International Film Festival and won both the New Currents Award and the FIRPRESCI Award in 2010. The shooting of the film was supported by KAFA of KOFIC, March 2010.
KoreanFilm.org's Top Korean films of 2011 by Darcy Paquet 2012/01/14, Source,
Each year I assemble my top 10 list out of the Korean films that have been released in theaters over the previous 12 months. The small independent films that I catch at the Busan or Jeonju film festivals may not be released by December, but they generally do get a small commercial release within a year or two, so I can include them in a later list.This year, however, I came across a great film that may end up not getting a commercial release, so I squeezed it in where #10 would normally go. I was racking my brain over that #10 slot anyway,...More
The year in film: 2011 brought large successes from low-budget movies 2011/12/29, Source,
Of the many Korean films that were released this year, "Late Autumn - 2010", left, and independent film "Re-encounter" were chosen as impressive films of the year by critics. Provided by each distributor
It was another tough year for the film industry. According to the Korean Film Council, 136 Korean films and 278 foreign films were released as of late November, but just a few of them became box office hits and a handful of them were remembered by the audience. The most expensive film flopped, and the least-anticipated film became a sleeper hit of the year. The Korea JoongAng Daily provides a wrap-up of the local film industry,...More
[2011 Top 10 stories] Spotlight on indie films 2011/12/29, Source,
The Korean film industry was more diverse than ever before. Amid an array of high-budget blockbuster films, a couple of Korean independent films achieved the10,000-audience mark, a figure compared to 1 million viewers for commercial films.
The rise of independent films started with "Re-encounter" in February. The title literally reflects the plot, as it centers on a young couple and their Re-encounter. In high school, a boy and girl fall in love, but the boy leaves her after the girl becomes pregnant,...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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