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Renaissance of Korean Film Industry

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For three years, since 1999, when Shiri broke records, the battle for the Korean box office has been really tough. In Spring 2001, a Korean-produced film, Friends, became a new box office record, with over 8 million audience, shattering the records of Shiri and JSA, both of which drew about 6 million viewers each. In the Summer, another Korean film, Wild Beauty, supplanted Friends as Korea's top-grossing film with one million viewers in only six days. Surely there was competition. A Hollywood blockbuster, Planet of the Apes, premiered almost at the same time, but Wild Beauty beat it. And still to come is Musa: The Warrior, the most expensive film in Korean history in terms of production cost, which would be expected to outdo Wild Beauty soon. Stephen Short of Time Asia describes the Korean film industry as "Asia's cine-stud right now."

Keywords: Korea; Shiri; film festivals; film industry; progress; rennaissance

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Dogang University

Publication date: 2001-09-01

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  • Asian Cinema is a seminal journal, which has been published since 1995 by the Asian Cinema Studies Society under the stewardship of Professor John Lent. From 2012 Asian Cinema will be published by Intellect as part of our Film Studies journal portfolio. The journal currently publishes a variety of scholarly material - including research articles, interviews, book and film reviews and bibliographies - on all forms and aspects of Asian cinema. The journal's broad aim is to advance understanding and knowledge of the rich traditions of the various Asian cinemas, thereby making an invaluable contribution to the field of Film Studies in general.
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