This annual English-language overview is comprised of information on films, basic statistics, and updated lists of film organizations and companies in Korea.
Here on the website, this series can be found in PDF file format from the 2000 edition on. We hope that Korean Cinema with its newly improved contents and format, will provide a useful and convenient aid to friends of Korean films around the world.
Korean Cinema : from Origins to Renaissance
Korean Cinema:from Origins to Renaissance is compiled for the Korean Film Council(KOFIC)'s English Website to provide foreigners with a better understanding and easier access to Korean film history and cinemas. It aims to meet the increasing demand for in-depth study of the Korean cinema, as more and more Korean films are exported into foreign markets. Various topics appropriate to the brief essay format best suited to the web were selected for the chapters on the ten different periods of Korean film history.
Eleven other important subjects were selected and discussed in separate chapters of their own. this book was also published and will be sold worldwide.
Content by Period
|The Exhibition of Moving Pictures and the Advent of Korean Cinema 1897~1925||PDF Download|
|The Japanese Colonial Period, Heyday of Silent Films 1926~1934||PDF Download|
|The Sound Film and Militarism 1935~1945||PDF Download|
|Liberation and the Korean War 1945~1953||PDF Download|
|The Revival the Film Industry 1954~1962||PDF Download|
|The Korean Cinema Renaissance and Genre Films 1963~1971||PDF Download|
|The Authoritarian Period and a Depression in the Film Industry 1972~1979||PDF Download|
|The New Military Regime's Rule over Culture and the Advent of The New Films Culture 1980~1987||PDF Download|
|The New Korean Cinema Movement 1988~1995||PDF Download|
|The Growth and Outlook of The Korean Cinema 1966~Present||PDF Download|
Content by Theme
|Four Variations on Korean Genre Film: Tears, Screams, Violence and Laughter||PDF Download|
|The Genealogy of Shinpa Melodramas in Korean Cinema||PDF Download|
|The Debates around Realism in the Korean Cinema||PDF Download|
|Freedom of Speech and Cinema: The History of Korean Film Censorship||PDF Download|
|Changes in the Korean Star System||PDF Download|
|Korean Women Directors||PDF Download|
|The Representation of the Family in Korean Cinema||PDF Download|
|Images of Women in Korean movies||PDF Download|
|National Cinema-Who Is It For?:The History and Context of the Korean Cinema||PDF Download|
|A History of Korean Film Policies||PDF Download|
|Trends in the Structure of the Korean Film Industry||PDF Download|