The Korean Film Council (KOFIC) --
KOFIC was launched in 1973 as the Korean Motion Picture Promotion Corporation (KMPPC) to provide various kinds of support to the film industry. In 1999 it was reorganized and renamed the Korean Film Commission, and given both greater independence from the government and more power to draft and implement film policy. In April 2004, KOFIC changed its name once more to the Korean Film Council to avoid confusion with local film commissions that provide support for location shooting. KOFIC's website provides information about the organization as well as film news, statistics, and other kinds of data.
The Korean Film Archive --
The Korean Film Archive (KOFA), created in 1974, is dedicated to preserving, collecting, restoring and exhibiting Korean films and other related documents. KOFA also provides a comprehensive Korean Movie Database (See below) that can be used to search for information about Korean films.
South Korea: A Country Study -- Includes detailed information about the politics, economy, and history of South Korea, from the U.S. Library of Congress.
The Korea Herald, The Korea Times, and The JoongAng Daily --
Korea's three English-language daily newspapers. A search at their websites for the word "film" will often turn up articles about recent issues or reviews of new films.
Korea Focus -- Supported by Korea Foundation, a print magazine and a webzine that collects articles published in Korean-language newspapers and translates them into English. An excellent way to keep up with contemporary issues in Korean society.
WEBSITES AND BLOGS
KMDb: Korean Movie Database --
A database maintained by the Korean Film Archive that contains a tremendous amount of information, but which can sometimes be hard to search in English. Includes entries for films throughout the history of Korean cinema.
An extensive database on Korean films and TV dramas that also contains reviews and many links to outside news articles.
Seen in Jeonju --
Be sure not to miss the great blog written by Tom Giammarco from his home just outside of Jeonju. Tom is a longtime contributor to this site, and it's an honor to host his blog.
New Korean Cinema --
A comprehensive website devoted to Korean cinema, maintained by Martin, a former writer for the now-defunct website Kung Fu Cult Cinema. Contains reviews, news, previews, etc.
Hangul Celluloid --
A comprehensive review website run out of the UK by Paul Quinn since 2009. Also contains an impressive number of interviews with Korean directors and actors.
Modern Korean Cinema -- Maintained from Seoul by Pierce Conran, who writes many of his own reviews as well as news roundups, box office reports, review roundups and features.
A website run by Jason Bechervaise, who after writing from the UK for several years, moved to Seoul to begin a PhD in Korean cinema. Although not an "official" sister site of Koreanfilm.org, it has our blessing! Contains a mix of reviews, interviews, announcements, film festival reports etc.
Foreigner's Guide to Film Culture in Korea --
Seoul-based Marc Raymond maintains this guide which he describes as: "A blog discussing what is available for foreigners in Korea (mostly Seoul) from the perspective of a graduate film student and cinephile."
A frequently-updated site that covers filmmaking from all over the globe. A great source for Korean film news, DVD reviews, and information about upcoming projects.
A blog and podcast that focuses on Asian cinema, with frequent coverage of Korean films. Edited/produced by Jon Jung, with numerous regular and occasional contributors.
Korea Pop Wars --
A blog focusing on the Korean entertainment scene by Mark Russell, a freelance journalist who has written for the Hollywood Reporter, Billboard and other publications. In 2009, he published a book titled Pop Goes Korea: Behind the Revolution in Media, Music and Internet Culture.
Korean Grindhouse --
A blog on Korean cinema written by the NY-based Drew P., containing reviews on a wide selection of features.
A bilingual English-Italian website devoted to Park Chan-wook, the director of Old Boy, Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance and JSA. Features a biography, filmography, interviews, reviews, and more.
iFilm Connections: Asia & Pacific --
A comprehensive, subscription-based website that aims to provide information about cinema from across the Asian region.
Asian Movie Web --
A bilingual German/English website with a large number of reviews of films from across Asia. Also provides some reviews of film soundtracks and links to trailers, etc.
Subway Cinema a film programming and exhibition collective in NYC. --
Formed by a group of devout Asian cinema fans, Subway Cinema is a programming and exhibition collective in New York City committed to promoting Asian films. Each year they hold a widely attended Korean Film Fest, and in 2002 they were contracted by Samuel Goldwyn to produce a website for the film Shiri.
The Mobius Home Video Forum --
A film discussion board with a special section devoted to Asian cinema. Provides intelligent, thought-provoking commentary on Asian film in a moderated setting. A search for 'Korean' or 'Korea' at their website will bring up past discussions of Korean films.
MediaCircus.net film reviews and more by Anthony Leong --
Contains a large number of reviews of movies from Korea and other countries, as well as essays on various other topics. Site maintained by Anthony Leong, author of Korean Cinema: The New Hong Kong.
Hypnotized by Kim In-sik's Movies a website devoted to the Korean director Kim In-sik --
Created by a Hungarian journalist who considers Kim one of her favorite directors, this site contains various biographical information, reviews, and links related to Kim's films Road Movie and Hypnotized.
"King and the Clown" Unofficial Fansite a website devoted to the hit film by Lee Joon-ik --
A volunteer effort to spread the word about Lee Joon-ik's period-set feature that was released in Korea at the end of 2005. Created by Soonlan, Lady Wasaka, Majou, and a long list of volunteers.
KOREAN TV DRAMAS
Koreanwiz.org: The Korean TV Drama InfoCenter --
A website about Korean TV dramas written by a fan who lives in Hawaii (where dramas are broadcast with English subtitles). Contains information about dramas, stars, Korean culture and customs, news, and more.
A frequently-updated site about Korean pop music with a wealth of information about TV dramas as well. Contains news, discussion boards, reviews, synopses, and more.
ONLINE DVD STORES
Seoul Selection --
A source for DVDs, books, CDs, and other Korean cultural products. This company also has a store in downtown Seoul (you can find a map on the site), and they publish a wide variety of books and magazines including the monthly Seoul magazine.
Based in California, DVDAsian sells Korean, Japanese, Chinese, East Asian, and Hong Kong DVDs. Its selection of Korean DVDs is particularly extensive in comparison with other sites.
Launched in November 1998 and formerly known as Iodo.com and Koreapop.com, AsianDB.com is a retail company based in Seoul which offers a wide selection of Korean videos and VCDs over the internet. They also provide information and news articles about Korean film.
YesAsia.com (US) / YesAsia.com (Global) --
One of the biggest online sources for Asian films. They currently offer a large number of subtitled and unsubtitled DVDs and VCDs. They also offer a selection of unsubtitled Korean videos.
The Busan International Film Festival (BIFF, formerly PIFF) -- Korea's largest film festival is held every fall in the southern port city of Busan. Many people call it the most important film festival in Asia. The 18th BIFF will be held from October 3-12, 2013.
The Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival (PiFan) -- PiFan is devoted to the screening of aesthetically diverse films that appeal to the general public. The 17th PiFan will be held from July 18-28, 2013.
The Jeonju International Film Festival (JIFF) -- JIFF features an extensive program which emphasizes digital and alternative film. Their 14th festival will take place from April 25 to May 3, 2013.
The Women's Film Festival in Seoul (WFFIS) -- The Women's Film Festival in Seoul was launched in 1997, and centers around works by women filmmakers (particularly those from Asia). Their 15th festival will be held from May 24-30, 2013.
Cinema Digital Seoul (CinDi) -- Despite its focus on somewhat obscure low-budget digital works from across the Asian region, CinDi has attracted an enthusiastic, loyal audience who instill the event with a great deal of energy. Supported by the CJ Culture Foundation. The 6th CinDi took place from August 22-28, 2012.
The Jecheon International Music & Film Festival -- held in the regional city of Jecheon, this is Korea's only festival devoted to music-related films and live performances. The 8th edition of the festival was held from August 9-15, 2012.
The Green Film Festival in Seoul -- A festival launched by the Korea Green Foundation and devoted to films related to the environment. The 9th edition of the festival was held from May 9-15, 2012.
The Seoul Independent Film Festival (SIFF) -- A long-running showcase for the leading independent films (short, mid-length, feature, documentary) made in the previous year. The 38th edition of the festival was held from Nov 29 to Dec 7, 2012.
Indieforum (Korean Independent Film & Video Makers Forum) -- One of the oldest festivals devoted to Korea's independent film scene. Launched in 1996, the festival has screened a large number of short films, documentary, digital works, and more. The 17th edition of the festival was held from May 31-June 7, 2012.
Mise-en-scene's Genre Film Festival -- A festival featuring short Korean films of various genres, chosen and judged by well-known local directors. The 10th edition of the festival was held from June 28-July 4, 2012.
Asiana International Short Film Festival -- A festival featuring short films from around the world. Winners of the international competition receive cash prizes and have their films screened on Asiana flights. The 10th edition of the festival was held from November 1-6, 2012.
The Busan International Short Film Festival (BISFF) -- formerly titled the Busan Asian Short Film Festival, this is one of Korea's oldest festivals devoted entirely to short films. Held in Busan and featuring a wide variety of local works and other short films from Asia. The 2012 BISFF was held from May 10-14.
SICAF (Seoul International Cartoon & Animation Festival) -- Korea's premiere animation and cartoon festival, consisting of exhibitions and screenings devoted to animation and comics. The 16th festival was held from July 18-22, 2012.
Seoul International Youth Film Festival -- A festival that supports younger generation filmmakers and presents a wide variety of youth-targeted and coming-of-age films from around the world. The 14th festival will be held from August 23-29, 2012.
Seoul LGBT Film Festival -- Held in tandem with the Korea Queer Culture Festival. Government interference gave this festival a rocky start in the mid-1990s, but since then it has established itself as an annual event with significant grassroots support. Organized by the Seoul Queer Archive, the 12th edition of the festival was held from May 24-June 2, 2012.
The Seoul Independent Documentary Film Festival (SIDoF) -- An event held in Seoul and focusing on Korean and international documentaries. Their 13th festival will be held from March 21-27, 2013.
The DMZ Korean International Documentary Film Festival -- A documentary film festival held close to the demilitarized zone separating North and South Korea, and devoted to promoting peace and understanding. Their 4th festival was held from September 21-27, 2012.
The Gwangju International Film Festival (GIFF) -- The Gwangju International Film Festival, held in southwestern Korea, was launched as a major event in 2001. By 2005, however, the festival had drawn extensive criticism for logistical and administrative problems, and it lost its national and city funding. It has subsequently been held on a much smaller scale. The 12th edition of the festival was held from November 8-12, 2012.
WEBSITES IN OTHER LANGUAGES
http://www.krmdb.com (Chinese) --
Maintained by Ryan Law (of the Hong Kong Movie Database) and several friends, this Chinese-language site provides extensive coverage about Korean cinema. It contains entries on all the Korean films released in Korea as well as those which have been imported into Hong Kong.
Kim-Bong-Park (French) --
A great website in French from two Korean cinema enthusiasts, with a range of content including reviews, profiles of industry figures (including cinematographers), etc..
http://cinemakorea.org (Japanese) --
The premiere source of information on Korean film in Japanese, launched originally as Seochon.net in 1998.
Cinemasie (French) --
A large French language website/database about Asian cinema.
Cinemacoreano.it (Italian) --
A Italian language website maintained by Gianluca Gibilaro and Davide Cazzaro. Featuring a large number of reviews, interviews, essays, and more.
Cinekorea.de (German) --
A comprehensive site for German fans of Korean cinema with news, reviews, essays, and more. Launched by Sascha Klie.
Pride-of-Korea.de (German) --
A site about Korean films, music, and books with a large amount of reviews, essays, and other information.
Cinedie Asia (Portuguese) --
(See also English version) A website produced in Portugal that contains reviews and information about Asian movies in general, with a significant portion devoted to Korean cinema. Launched in late 2002.
Koreafilm.pl (Polish) --
The world's first Polish language website devoted to Korean cinema.
Iuphimhan.com (Vietnamese) --
A site from Vietnam that contains various kinds of news, information on upcoming films, star info, etc.
KOREAN LANGUAGE SITES
An online edition of Korea's weekly film magazine, including news, reviews, features, interviews, etc. An archive of back issues is also available on the site.
Naver news wire --
A comprehensive daily listing of film-related news stories from all of Korea's various online news services, hosted by Korea's biggest web portal. This is the site that Korean journalists check every day to see what is going on.
Djuna Board --
One of Korea's most active and interesting online discussion forums for all things cinema-related, run by online critic Djuna.
A great source for film stills and cast/crew info for past, current, and upcoming Korean films.
An excellent online source of information about film in Korea. Contains extensive news coverage, movie synopses and reviews, information about new video releases, an online store, and screening times for films playing in Korea.
An online ticket reservation site that also contains news, interviews and other information about Korean cinema. Most noted for its weekly ranking of reserved ticket sales, where the tickets reserved for the upcoming weekend are ranked by title. This gives an indication of viewer interest in a film before its release, and theaters often use this information to decide whether to add or subtract screens just before a film's opening.