Highlights from 100-year history of Korean cinema

Highlights from 100-year history of Korean cinema


It’s a special week this week for Korean cinema…
and to celebrate this special week, there are various events being held to recognize
the industry’s achievements over the past century. And in the first part of of our Korean movie
series this week…, our Kan Hyeong-woo takes a look back at the history of Korean films. 2019 marks the 100th year since the birth
of Korean cinema. To get to know more about the history of the
Korean film industry, we start with how it all began. On October 27th, 1919,…Korea’s first domestic
film ‘Urijeok Guto’, meaning ‘Fight for Justice’, made its debut at Dansungsa Theater in Central
Seoul. It was a kino-drama in which actors performed
against a motion picture backdrop. ‘Chunhyangjeon’, released in 1935, was Korea’s
first film with sound. And ‘Igukjeongwon’, which was released 23
years later, was the nation’s first color movie. Fast-forward 50 years…Korean movies and
directors finally began to get recognition on the international stage. 2002 was a memorable year for Korean cinema…
as two directors – Im Kwon-taek and Lee Chang-dong each received a best director award… Im for ‘ Chihwaseon’ at the Cannes Film Festival
and Lee for ‘Oasis’ at the Venice International Film Festival. Two years later, Director Park Chan-wook received
the Grand Prix at the Cannes Film Festival for ‘Oldboy’, which is the second most prestigious
prize of the festival after the Palme d’Or. And finally… Director Bong Joon-ho became the first Korean
to receive the Palme d’Or at this year’s Cannes Film Festival for ‘Parasite’. Along with Korean films getting international
honors,… South Korean movie stars have also won accolades
on the world stage. In 1987, Kang Soo-yeon became not only the
first Korean, but also the first Asian to receive the best actress award at the Venice
International Film Festival. Moon So-ri took the Marcello Mastroianni Award
at the 2002 Venice International Film Festival – an award given to the best emerging actor
or actress. The best actress awards continued with Jeon
Do-yeon winning the honor at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival and… Kim Min-hee taking the trophy at the 2017
Berlin International Film Festival. As for the economic growth of the Korean film
industry,… South Korea started the new century with what’s
been dubbed as ‘the era of 10-million views’…with ‘Silmido’ in 2003 becoming the first Korean
film to hit that number, followed shortly after by several other movies. In 2014, ‘Myeongryang’ recorded over 17 million
ticket sales to become Korea’s most watched movie – a title it still holds to this day. From ‘Silmido’ to ‘Parasite’ in 2019…
there have been 19 domestic films with over 10 million views. This one-minute clip shows the development
of Korean filmmaking technology,… starting from smaller screen in black and white…
and gradually becoming wider and colorized. Korean cinema has come a long way… reaching over 200-million annual ticket sales
in 2018 to become the fifth largest player in the world film industry by box office admissions. Kan Hyeong-woo, Arirang News.

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