The South Korean Film Renaissance: Local Hitmakers, Global Provocateurs

The South Korean Film Renaissance: Local Hitmakers, Global Provocateurs

by Jinhee Choi
     
 

For the past decade, the Korean film industry has enjoyed a renaissance. With innovative storytelling and visceral effects, Korean films not only have been commercially viable in the domestic and regional markets but also have appealed to cinephiles everywhere on the international festival circuit. This book provides both an industrial and an aesthetic account of

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For the past decade, the Korean film industry has enjoyed a renaissance. With innovative storytelling and visceral effects, Korean films not only have been commercially viable in the domestic and regional markets but also have appealed to cinephiles everywhere on the international festival circuit. This book provides both an industrial and an aesthetic account of how the Korean film industry managed to turn an economic crisis-triggered in part by globalizing processes in the world film industry-into a fiscal and cultural boom. Jinhee Choi examines the ways in which Korean film production companies, backed by affluent corporations and venture capitalists, concocted a variety of winning production trends. Through close analyses of key films, Choi demonstrates how contemporary Korean cinema portrays issues immediate to its own Korean audiences while incorporating the transnational aesthetics of Hollywood and other national cinemas such as Hong Kong and Japan. Appendixes include data on box office rankings, numbers of films produced and released, market shares, and film festival showings.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780819569400
Publisher:
Wesleyan University Press
Publication date:
03/01/2010
Series:
Wesleyan Film
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
264
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Faces of Globalization
Blockbusters, Korean Style
No Blood? No Tears! Gangster Cinema
I’m Not a Girl, Yet Not a Woman: Romance Films
Once Upon a Time in High School: Teen Pics
Not Just Metteurs-en-Scène? ‘‘High-Quality’’ Films
Riding the New Wave
Afterword
APPENDIXES
Box Office Top Ten (1986–2006)
Korean Film Market Share
Number of Films Produced/Released (1986–2006)
Number of Theaters/Screens (1986–2006)
International Film Festivals: Award-Winning Films (1986–2006)
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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