World Ch. Schedule : THU 20:00 KST
* Date : 2019-12-17
from 'The Righteous Revenge' to 'Parasite'
2019 marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of Korean cinema, which took place on October 27, 1919 with the screening of the country's first-ever film, 'The Righteous Revenge'. Overcoming challenges such as Japan's colonial occupation and the Korean War, Korean films experienced a golden age during the 1960s, However, it began stagnating in the 1970s, due to heavy state censorship and the widening distribution of TV sets. The emergence of talented film directors and rising public interest in films signaled a revival in Korean cinema starting in the 1990s, and as of 2017, South Korea had become the fifth-largest movie market in the world according to the MPAA. Behind its success however, some critics have expressed worries about the growing dichotomy and a lack of film diversity in recent years. In this week's edition of 'Foreign Correspondents', we sit down with our panel of journalists to talk more about the current state of Korean cinema, as we mark its centennial anniversary.
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Pierce Conran / Korean Film Council