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Welcome! First launched by Darcy Paquet in 1999, this site has grown with the help of many volunteers to provide a comprehensive introduction to Korean cinema.



Now Screening in Korea:

Birthday

Birthday
dir. Lee Jong-eon

It's been five years since the tragic sinking of the Sewol Ferry, in which hundreds of high school students were drowned. Mostly avoiding the divisive politics surrounding the incident, Birthday is about an ordinary family torn apart by the loss of their son. Produced by Lee Chang-dong, and featuring the hugely talented Jeon Do-yeon and Sul Kyung-gu, this debut feature is extremely well directed and almost unbearably sad to watch (though ultimately cathartic).



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Upcoming Film Festivals

Busan International Short Film Festival
(Apr 24-29)

Udine Far East Film Festival
(Apr 26-May 4)

Jeonju International Film Festival
(May 2-11)

7th Muju Film Festival
(Jun 5-9)



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Subtitled Screenings in Korea

"All in Korean" Facebook Page
(run by volunteers)

Screenings with English Subtitles
(run by KOFIC)


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at the About Koreanfilm.org page

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Site contact: darcy@koreanfilm.org

Personal blogs of our contributors:
Kyu Hyun · Tom



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Film Reviews

Browse by year at the links below, or check
our Review Index sorted by title

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2015  ·  2014  ·  2013  ·  2012  ·  2011
2010  ·  2009  ·  2008  ·  2007  ·  2006
2005  ·  2004  ·  2003  ·  2002  ·  2001

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1990-95  ·  1980s  ·  1970s  ·  1960s  ·  1945-59

Documentaries  ·  "The Korean Connection"
DVDs and Blu-rays  ·  Music Videos  ·  TV Dramas



Special Pages

    Our Film Festival Reports contain impressions of films, retrospectives, and other issues from festivals in Korea and elsewhere. Our most recent report is from the 2018 Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival.


    If you're searching for Books About Korean Cinema, this page will provide information, summaries and tables of contents for all the major book releases.


    We've done a number of Interviews with Korean Filmmakers over the years. Our most recent interview is Melissa Kim's 2018 talk with director/actor Moon So-ri.


    At the end of each year our Top Ten Lists bring together our thoughts and picks for the best Korean films of the year.


    Visit our Directors' Pages for detailed introductions to the work of a few specific filmmakers.




Highlighted Essays

Making Amends: Korean Cinema in 2017
(from the Far East Film Festival)

by Darcy Paquet


Taking in a Few South Korean Baseball Films
by Adam Hartzell


A Short History of Korean Film
by Darcy Paquet


A History of Korean Animation
by Tom Giammarco


Best Films of the 21st Century's First Decade
by various contributors


Delays in Celluloid
by Chris Stults


Click for the Complete List of Essays
at Koreanfilm.org