Your website, Modern Korean Cinema, has been up since mid-2010, how did you come to discover Korean cinema and what was it about Korea's film industry that really cemented your passion for it?
My first exposure to Korean cinema came long before the inception of MKC and it's kind of a funny story (at least I think it is)! When I was in boarding school in Dublin (high school) we were studying Macbeth and as a nascent cinephile I wanted to seek classic filmed versions of Shakespeare's work, first came Polanski's, then Orson Welles' version but soon I came across Kurosawa's "Throne of Blood" (1957) and fell in love with it. Thus began my discovery of Japanese cinema and one day I was in my local media retail store in Switzerland when I came across a striking DVD in the Asian section. I thought it might have been something like a Takashi Miike film but it turned out to be none other than "Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance" (2002) and... I hated it, it made me furious. But I couldn't stop thinking about it and a week later I forced my self to watch it again and my whole world changed. My next film was Lee Chang-dong's "Peppermint Candy" (2000) and it's safe to say that the quality and social engagement of those works resulted in my becoming deeply attached to Korean cinema...More
A number of major public broadcasters around the world, including KBS, have agreed to share documentary productions free of charge.
Korean Broadcasting System President Kim In-kyu proposed the free exchange while attending the Public Broadcasters International Assembly in Kyoto, Japan.
Kim said that connecting world cultures in this global era is the role of publi...More
Actor Jung Woo-sung
will become the first Asian actor to star in a U.S. TV drama.
A drama production industry insider said SSD, the domestic producer of the TV drama "City Hunter
", which will star Jeong, has signed a contract with the U.S. drama production firm Fox TV Studios for joint investment, production and distribution.
FTVS is a subsidiary of the large U.S. media group News Corporation, which owns 20th Century Fox, Wall Street Journal and New York Post. FTVS has also produced the popular TV shows "Burn Notice" and "The Shield".
SSD's partnership with FTVS will result in the production of "City Hunter
" as a U.S. TV show. The show will consist of several seasons. All 1...More