Korean Film Directors - Rookie Directors 1
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Dec 01, 2008
Author: Choi Eun-young, Jang Byung-won
Written in English
Rookie Directors 1: No Dong-Seok, Kim Tae-Sik, Jo Chang-Ho, Kim Dong-Hyun, Min Byung-Hun
This book introduces five new directors who have made works realizing the meaning of an independent film environment that has become diversified amid the struggles of the Korean film industry as it has attempted to progress toward a high degree of industrialization since the 2000s. NOH Dong-seok, KIM Dong-hyun, MIN Boung-hun, KIM Tai-sik, and CHO Chang-ho are noteworthy newcomers whose works, each made in different environments, show plenty of potential. These directors have very different backgrounds and personal histories, and bring about meaningful meetings with the audience armed with their own unique visions. [...] The value of independent films does not lie solely in the aspects of system and market. The foremost reason independent film must stay robust is because the root for discovering new directors and cultivating the leaders of future cinema lies there. -From the Preface
This book is a diverse discussion on directors in the present tense, ones who do not yet stand at the center of Korean film but richly occupy its periphery, seeking their own status as new creators. [¡¦]
One of this book¡¯s major strengths is that you can see in this book these still relatively young directors¡¯ experimentation with various filmmaking environments and new forms different from the existing system. It is also possible to foresee changes in Korean film by examining the voices and films of these individuals, who are carving out their own contemporary film culture separately and together.
CHUNG Yoon-chul's characteristic determination to edify, MIN Kyu-dong's delicate sensitivity toward personal wounds, and HAN Jae-rim's genre shifts and ironic humor are tonics for Korean film, while KIM Hyun-seok's filmmaking as director's taste and his free interpretation of history and PARK Heung-sik's depiction of historical eras and finely detailed sketches of the everyday broaden the territory of Korean film a step further. Film is a beautiful cacophony created as they gather their various voices, separately and together.