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[HanCinema's Digest] Cinema Snippets

2018/01/07 | Permalink

KoBiz tracks local movies about inter-Korean relations, explore Korean cinema with these 15 great romantic comedies, South Korean films feature prominently on Film School Reject's list of the best foreign films of 2017, and Christopher Weatherspoon gives us a brief overview of the country's cinema scene for the last year.

"Beyond the Reality of Korean Division"

Over the years South Korea's dream machine has attempted to capture the ongoing tension with North Korea in one cinematic form or another. "Division is one of the most common themes found in cinema and the topic is especially sensitive for Koreans", writes Hwang Hee-yun. "Steel Rain", for example, is but one of the latest additions to this category of South Korean films, but over the past five years, there has been a reel of cinematic visions that have explored some of the political, social and personal costs of a divided Korea. In this infographic, KoBiz displays seven films from the recent past that have framed, more or less successfully, the conflict between the Korean people for the big screen.


"15 Romantic Korean Classic Films Perfect To Watch This Holiday Season"

South Korean comedy romance films are popular staples of modern Korean cinema. Next to the country's love of thrillers and gangster flicks, romcoms regularly feature at the top of many K-cinephile's favourites. "Archetypal Korean romantic films usually run on a bittersweet note. It drowns you with heart-fluttering moments and happy closures, but sometimes it also brings you down because of its sad ending". If you're looking to enjoy some of the best South Korea has to offer on the romantic comedy front this season, be sure to browse this fantastic list on Hello K-Pop for 15 top suggestions. Got one to add?


"The 17 Best Foreign Language Movies of 2017"

Rob Hunter lists some of his favourite foreign films of last year for Film School Rejects. "The second-best thing to actually traveling to other countries yourself is sitting back and experiencing new places and cultures through the power of film", writes Hunter. There have been some stunning cinematic adventures coming out fo Korea this year, so it's no surprise that no less than three Korean films made his list. Click on through to Film School Rejects to see what three films Hunter thoroughly enjoyed last year, and if you have your own thoughts about the best of the best of Korean cinema in 2017, be sure to share them with us in the comment section below.


"Looking Back on 2017 in the Korean Film Industry"

KoBiz writer Christopher Weatherspoon pulls back the lens for a wider view of Korea's exciting cinema scene in 2017. As Weatherspoon says, there were a variety of genres that found a place in the top 10 this year, including "A Taxi Driver", "Confidential Assignment", "The Battleship Island", and "The Fortress". Many of Korea's top acting talents were also out in force (Ma Dong-seok stands out here), and there were a few interesting industry trends to take note of, such as young talent in the indie scene.


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