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Meet South Korea's Next Wave of Film Auteurs
Hollywood Reporter ^ | Nov '19 | Patrick Brzeski

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 country’s first feature film, Kim Do-san’s 1919 kino-drama, The Righteous Revenge.

It’s likely that Parasite’s 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 country’s 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 generation’s 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."

"It’s not that the top festivals aren’t interested in discovering new talent," says Darcy Paquet, a Seoul-based film scholar and festival programmer. "Of course, they are,” he says. "But it’s not like they’re 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 Korea’s 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, he’s the most naturally talented director to debut in the past 15 years," says Paquet.

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TOPICS: Arts/Photography; History; Society; TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: cinema; film; korean; parasite

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1 posted on 02/10/2020 4:08:41 PM PST by CondoleezzaProtege
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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.

2 posted on 02/10/2020 5:20:09 PM PST by yefragetuwrabrumuy (Liberalism is the belief everyone else should be in treatment for your disorder.)
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To: CondoleezzaProtege; Army Air Corps
Thank You for posting CondoleezzaProtege, very timely, "Parasite" won best picture.

The Channel "Viki" (Link) is a good place to find Korean Shows.

3 posted on 02/10/2020 5:44:29 PM PST by KC_Lion
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To: CondoleezzaProtege

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. 2016 (Same film maker made the original “Old Boy”, which is very bizarre)

4 posted on 02/10/2020 8:01:04 PM PST by dynachrome (Build the wall, deport them all. And send her back!)
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ps. Handmaiden is very “r” rated.

5 posted on 02/10/2020 8:10:04 PM PST by dynachrome (Build the wall, deport them all. And send her back!)
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