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June 2, 2009

Korean Movies at International Film Festivals

Filed under: student presentations — richardlstansfield @ 8:14 am
Jeon Do-yeon won a prize for Best Actress

Jeon Do-yeon won a prize for Best Actress

Park Chan-wook won the Juror's prize

Park Chan-wook won the Juror's prize

poster for "Secret Sunshine" poster for "Thirst"

Glossary:

* Director : of a play, film, or television programme is the person who decides how it will appear on stage or screen, and who tells the actors and technical staff what to do.
* Award : an award is a prize or certificate that a person is given for doing something well.
* Nominate : to formally suggest that sb should be chosen for an important role, prize, position, etc.
* Screenplay : the words that are written for a film/movie (= the script), together with instructions for how it is to be acted and filmed
* Priest : A member of the Christian clergy in the Catholic, Anglican, or Orthodox church.
* Convey : to make ideas, feelings, etc. known to sb communicate

Korean Movies at International Film Festivals

Recently, many Korean movies were invited to international film festivals. Especially, the movies “Secret Sunshine” and “Thirst” have gotten many people’s attention.

In “Secret Sunshine,” Jeon Do-yeon played a mother whose son was kidnapped and killed. Because of her faith, she forgave her son’s murderer. For this role, Jeon won the prize for Best Actress at the 2007 Cannes international film festival.[1]

In the film “Thirst,” actor Song Gang-ho plays a priest who becomes a vampire because of a blood transfusion from an unknown donor. He falls in love with a friend’s wife (played by Kim Ok-bin). Kim’s character convinces the priest to turn her into a vampire.
“Thirst” was criticized because of full frontal nudity and violence, but won the Juror’s prize at the 2009 Cannes international film festival.[2]

References:

[1] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Secret_Sunshine
[2] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thirst_(2009_film)

Discussion Questions:

1. Do you know how many Korean movies were invited to international film festivals?
2. Some Korean films that were invited to international film festivals (e.g. “Thirst,” “Secret Sunshine,” and “I’m a Cyborg but that’s OK”) were harshly criticized by film critics. What do you think about that?
3. Have you seen the movies “Thirst”, “Secret Sunshine”, and other movies which were invited to international film festivals?
4. The movie “Thirst” has been criticized due to unprecedented full frontal nudity and violence. What do you think about this?
5. What do you think about that we should do effort for Korean movie industry?

[ Class #157, Group #2, Kim Yoo-gyeong, Kim Hyeong-jin, Moon Chang-hwan, Kim Yeong-eun ]

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