This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

An Eassay On Korean Films Essay

2181 words - 9 pages

1903-1945: Korea Under Japanese Rule Only fragments remain of Korea's early film history. The vast majority of Korea's early film footage was destroyed in the 1950s during the Korean War, and not a single feature produced before 1945 survives in complete form today. Nonetheless, historical records paint a picture of a lively and creative industry that produced over 160 features from the early twenties until Japan's surrender to Allied forces in 1945.From 1909 to 1920, a series of theaters were built in Seoul and in regional cities such as Pusan and Pyongyang. Most of these theaters were owned by Japanese businessmen, but a few Korean theater owners built up a significant amount of capital ...view middle of the document...

The Japanese government required all foreign and domestic features to be submitted to a government censorship board for approval before being screened, and police were present at theaters for all screenings. Although a few works extolling Korean nationalism reached audiences in the late 1920s, from 1930 censorship became much more strict, such that melodramas, costume dramas, and pro-Japanese films were the only genres approved by the government. Many features were banned outright and subsequently destroyed.By 1935 the first sound feature, Ch'unhyang-jun, was directed by Lee Myung-woo with financing from the Japanese government. The film, based on Korea's most famous folk tale (which has been filmed over a dozen times), proved to be quite popular with audiences. Nonetheless, local filmmakers found it difficult to raise enough money to produce sound features, and Korean-language films faced much harsher criticism than the silent films which preceded them. Within two years, Japan had invaded China, and the Korean film industry would become transformed into an instrument of the Japanese propaganda effort. In 1942, Korean-language films were banned outright by the government.1945-1955 Only five films have survived from the period between the U.S. occupation of Korea and the end of the Korean War. Of them, the most famous is Choi Un-gyu's Chayu Manse! ("Hooray for Freedom"), released in 1946. An ode to patriotism with strong anti-Japanese sentiments, the film proved to be a hit with audiences.During the Korean civil war, much of Korea's film equipment was destroyed. Following the armistice agreement in 1953, President Rhee Syngman declared cinema to be exempt from all tax, in hopes of reviving the industry. Foreign aid programs provided South Korea with film technology and equipment, setting the stage for the rebirth of Korean cinema in the late-fifties and sixties.1955-1969: A Golden Age for Korean Cinema The latter half of the 1950s can be considered a period of revival for the Korean film industry, as the number of domestic productions increased from 8 in 1954 to 108 in 1959. The public also returned to the theaters, embracing such features as the 1955 remake of Ch'unhyang-jon, which drew 200,000 viewers in Seoul (over a tenth of the city's population). Melodramas and action films make up the majority of the work produced in this era.The early 1960s saw the emergence of some of Korea's most talented directors. These filmmakers worked during a time when the domestic film industry enjoyed an unprecedented surge in box office receipts. In 1962, military dictator Park Chung Hee instituted a Motion Picture Law which stated that all production companies must produce at least 15 films per year, and that the films should be commercial in nature. Despite this, art films with a high degree of realism continued to be made up until the end of the decade.Without question, Korea's most shockingly original director is the late Kim Ki-young. Kim, renowned for his...

Find Another Essay On An Eassay On Korean Films

Pain-Recovery Complex: Pure Love in Criss-Cross of Time and Space in East Asian Romance films

1120 words - 5 pages crisscross of time and space plays a significant role in relieving historical, national or individual pain through parallel narrative styles, taking Japanese pure love film Love Letter (1995), South Korean romantic film The Classic (2003) and Hong Kong nostalgia film The City of Glass (1998) for example. So the following paragraphs will analyze these films from three aspects: socio-cultural characteristics in each region and parallel narrative styles

Korea Air: A Narrative of an Audacious Seoul

1008 words - 5 pages airline was founded by Choong-Hoon Cho in 1945 as a trucking company to service US military outposts in South Korea. In 1960, the South Korean government nationalized the company and [out of national security concerns] attempted transforming it into an airline, dubbing it the Korean National Airline. Unable to compete and garnering little air traffic demand, the government scheme ultimately failed and by 1962, the government invited Cho to restructure

Korean Immigrants to America

1253 words - 5 pages , the workers were driven off of an apricot farm. The workers on a farm in Nebraska were stopped by a mob as the came off a train on their way to work. During World War II, Korean Americans wore arm bands that said “I’m no Jap!” and put bumper stickers on their cars that read “Korea for Victory with US” to escape the racism against the Japanese at the time (4, Script). Japanese Americans were being rounded up from around the country and

History of Korean Immigrants

1274 words - 5 pages . Majority of them reside in Los Angeles, New York City, Chicago, and Washington. Korean immigrants have come from a long way and many hardships to get an opportunity to live in United States. Although, the hardship doesn’t just stop when Korean immigrants arrive America. It is still continue, even though they gain United States citizenship. This is based on my interviews with Korean immigrants because I could not find a legible source. In

Korean Feastival

544 words - 2 pages , and a table that had booklet's on Korea. They actually didn't have a Korean musical performance .The only music they had was for the Korean Dancers.Yes, there was Korean folkloric aspects, they had the Korean dancers dress in a Korean costume called Hanbok. They also had a veteran from the Korean pictures of the king from a long time ago. There was audience participation especially from the little kids. They seemed like they were really enjoying

Perspectives toward the Divided Korea in JSA

1106 words - 5 pages Joint Security Area (JSA) is a South Korean film which deals with the relationship between North Korea and South Korea. In the film, two North Korean soldiers are murdered near the border. Sophie, an officer from the Neutral Nations Supervisory Commission, investigates the incident. With evidence and information, she tries to find the truth of the incident. In JSA, the incident takes a place in 1999. North Korea and South Korea have been divided

Life during the Korean War

877 words - 4 pages towards their brother or friend on the other side. Families were torn apart because of the different beliefs of Communists and Democrats. The third aspect of life during the Korean War was homelessness. People were roaming around the land without a home because it was either taken away, destroyed by one of the sides, or the people had to flee from their home land. Hence was the life of a Korean citizen during the Korean War was hard, bloody, and

"North Korea, Another Country" by Bruce Cunnings

1304 words - 5 pages their own people with their traditions.Bruce comings is one of the Western academic intellectuals who think that USA is responsible for much of wornness in the world. He has visited both South and North Korea to make many documentary films on Korean life and wrote many books on Korean History. He is always willing to share his opinions with other scholars. He writes articles in the magazines on North Korea and his opposition on Iraq War. He is a

Military analysis of North Korea

924 words - 4 pages armored vehicles, 8,600 artillery guns, and over 4,800 multiple rocket launchers. Most of the force is comprised of light infantry soldiers. A large majority of the Army is strategically deployed to forward areas of operation, where their deep artillery poses an increased threat to the Republic of Korea. Korean armor is out dated and based on 1960’s and 70’s technology. The main battle tank of the North Korean Army is T-55. The T-55 is equipped

Kim Jong Il: Great Leader or Destructive Dictator

1558 words - 7 pages propaganda and agitation department. In official records, it was found that Kim Jong Il revolutionized Korean fine arts, pushing heavily on the production of new media. He himself indulged in the art of film and cinema, becoming a "master" film maker and cinematographer in the North Korean public eye, his films often being ridden with hidden propaganda that only further promoted his father as the dear leader of North Korea. After serving the

The Tang's influence on Silla headwear

1072 words - 5 pages halves. The taegeuk can be found in the center of the current South Korean flag and is often imprinted on ancient clothing, furniture and more. Taoism was introduced during 6th century BC in China, when the Silla period was taking place in Korea. Taoism is one of the religions believed by the Chinese, founded by Lao Tzu. The introduction of Taoism to Korea and the creation of the taegeuk match up in time.On the taegeuk, the divided circle connotes

Similar Essays

The Korean War: An Impact On My Ancestry

1350 words - 6 pages the first place. The underlying reason for the war was that it was caused indirectly by the Cold War between America and the USSR. Both super nations used the Korean War as an excuse for going to war against each other without causing another massacring World War. The split nation of Korea altered and majorly impacted the citizens of a once unified country. The North Koreans first attack was on the major city in the South of Korean, Seoul. When

The Korean War: An Impact On My Ancestry

1301 words - 5 pages . The underlying reason for the war was that it was caused indirectly by the Cold War between America and the USSR. Both super nations used the Korean War as an excuse for going to war against each other without causing another massacring World War. The split nation of Korea altered and majorly impacted the citizens of a once unified country. The North Koreans first attack was on the major city in the South of Korean, Seoul. When the North

What Do You Think Makes Indian Film Indian? Write An Essay On The Distinctive Narrative Traits In Indian Cinema Which Distinguishes It From European Or American Films You Have Seen

4625 words - 19 pages In a nation that produces around 800 films a year Indian people see films a a very important part of their culture. For Indian people "cinema is integral to their lives; it is not a distant, two to three hour distraction, but an explicit life-style for them."(Jaya Ramanathan). The large screen provides an alternative, an escape from the realities of day-to-day life. The protagonists are totally identified with, the hero is applauded, the

The Eassay Is An Explanation Of A Fictional Philosophy, We Were Asked To Make Up Our Own Philosophy Based On What We Learned In Clas

563 words - 2 pages one choice instead of the other this is now on the topic of justice; what is fair.Those who do not contribute to the leaders will be charged with interest. If that fails to shape them up then the citizen will be asked to hold all money coming in until there s enough to give. The third step is to monitor all money activity for those who are not paying. Everyone is equal until this happens. Then the person who is not contributing thinks they are