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3 Colonial Era Films Found

Feb 24, 2006
  • Writerby Nigel D’Sa (KOFIC)
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After last year's discovery of 4 Korean features from the 30's and 40's, three more complete features were announced found this week. Recovered from archives in China, one of the three colonial era films is from 1936, making it the oldest surviving Korean feature. Sweet Dream: Lullaby of Death is the 47-minute debut film by YANG Ju-nam. The adulterous tale of a woman who leaves her husband and family to live with another man, it is regarded by those who have previewed it as technically accomplished and more controversial than the similarly themed 1956 film Madame Freedom. The second discovery is Spring of the Korean Peninsular (1941, 84 minutes), the debut work of director LEE Byung-il, who went on to direct the now classic Wedding Day (1956). Made during a time when Japanese censorship was most severe, it is a melodrama about the love between a film director and an actress that reaches a crisis-point when the director is sent to prison. Last but not least, is the 75-minute The Straights of Joseon (1943) by director PARK Ki-chae about how war takes a man away from his wife, leaving him physically and emotionally wounded. This was PARK's second-last film. His final feature made in 1948 remains lost. The Korean Film Archive (KOFA) will screen the three new discoveries from March 2nd to 5th in digibeta format, along with the four features discovered last year. Nigel D'Sa (KOFIC)
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