The Rise of South Korean Cinema

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Theatrical poster of The Housemaid (1960), produced, written and directed by Kim Ki-young. Kuk Dong, Seki Trading Co., Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

The Rise of South Korean Cinema

Jinsoo An
January 13, 2024
10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Koret Education Center, Asian Art Museum, 200 Larkin Street, San Francisco
$15 per person Society members; $20 per person non-members after museum admission

South Korean cinema has emerged as one of the most dynamic and commercially successful national cinemas in the past twenty years. This rise is particularly impressive given that Korean cinema was nearly on the brink of collapse in the early 1990’s due to its struggle against the encroachment of Hollywood films. What happened to South Korean cinema? How did it turn the situation around and regain domestic market and international recognition? This lecture will answer those questions and also reflect on South Korean cinema’s new challenges in the changing media landscape – especially from the spread of streaming platforms and alternative viewing practices.

Dr. Jinsoo An is an associate professor at UC Berkeley, where he holds the Chancellor’s Chair in Korean Language and Culture and also chairs the Center for Korean Studies.  He has a special interest in Korean films and has published numerous articles and books relating to Korean film aesthetics and representation. He is currently working on a manuscript relating to the Korean filmmaker Kim Ki-young, known for his edgy, psychosexual films from the 1960’s and 1970’s.

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