Skip to comments.Meet South Korea's Next Wave of Film Auteurs
Posted on 02/10/2020 4:08:41 PM PST by CondoleezzaProtege
Parasite may be getting the awards-season love, but a vibrant new generation of filmmakers is ready to emerge from the shadow of established masters like Bong Joon Ho and Park Chan-wook...
The overdue official recognition from the West has been doubly meaningful--as 2019 also marks the 100-year anniversary of the countrys first feature film, Kim Do-sans 1919 kino-drama, The Righteous Revenge.
Its likely that Parasites success the film recently raced past the $100 million mark at the worldwide box office will come to be viewed as the culmination of the "New Korean Cinema," the renaissance of the countrys moviemaking associated with the remarkable crop of directors who came to prominence in the late 1990s and early 2000s.
But Bong insists the industry already has an urgent new task at hand: To overcome his own generations success... "You will be excited to discover that there are so many more great films in Korea especially from young talents working in our indie cinema."
"Its not that the top festivals arent interested in discovering new talent," says Darcy Paquet, a Seoul-based film scholar and festival programmer. "Of course, they are, he says. "But its not like theyre going to pass on Parasite either and that leaves one less spot on the big stage for a new name."
"An action thriller with an original twist is something Koreas commercial industry, of course, does very well," says Paquet. "There are exciting directors working in other modes where Korea also excels [though] sophisticated art house drama or mellow drama, but with big emotions..."
Na Hong-jin, who made his first entry into Cannes' main competition in 2016 with the critically acclaimed The Wailing. "In my opinion, hes the most naturally talented director to debut in the past 15 years," says Paquet.
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Even more interesting, their film, TV and even animation production are all rising together.
TV miniseries have high production values and are very popular. And Koreans are subcontracting a lot of anime work from Japan, enough for forming their own anime, light novel and manga industry. And I’ll add that some of their manga (Manhwa in Korean) is top notch.
The Channel "Viki" (Link) is a good place to find Korean Shows.
I found “The Wishing Stairs” to be a fun little horror film. Hate your rival in ballet class? A little broken glass in the slippers will help. Somewhat slow moving. 2003
More recent is “Handmaiden”, a very weird film set during the Japanese occupation in the 1930s.
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt4016934/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_0 2016 (Same film maker made the original “Old Boy”, which is very bizarre)
ps. Handmaiden is very “r” rated.
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