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New Narratives in Korea: "Poongryu"

Wednesday, February 9, 2022 | 5:00 PM
Image credit: JTBC Poongryu: Battle Between the Vocalists is a new music competition program from JTBC aiming to showcase a crossover between popular music and gugak, Korean traditional music. Featuring the best and brightest of a new generation of gugak singers and musicians, Poongryu has captivated the music fans around the world by introducing a new genre of music blending the traditional with modern twist. Kyojin Hwang, Chief Producer of… Read More

Special Virtual Screening: Minari

Thursday, February 4, 2021 | 8:00 PM
-- REGISTRATION CLOSED -- A tender and sweeping story about what roots us, Minari follows a Korean-American family that moves to an Arkansas farm in search of their own American Dream. The family home changes completely with the arrival of their sly, foul-mouthed, but incredibly loving grandmother. Amidst the instability and challenges of this new life in the rugged Ozarks, Minari shows the undeniable resilience of family and what really… Read More
Grand Prix for the Best Film - Berlin International Film Festival, Generation 14+ Competition Best International Feature Film Award; Best Cinematography in an International Feature Award; Best Actress in an International Feature Award - Tribeca International Film Festival 14-year-old Eun-hee moves through life like a hummingbird searching for a taste of sweetness wherever she may find it. Ignored by her parents and abused by her brother, she finds her escape… Read More
South Korea in the 1950s was home to a burgeoning film culture, one of the many “Golden Age cinemas” that flourished in Asia during the postwar years. One of the most important filmmakers of the time was Han Hyung-Mo, director of the era’s most glamorous and popular women’s pictures including the blockbuster Madame Freedom (1956). Christina Klein provides an illuminating analysis of Han's career and films with careful attention to… Read More

K-Drama Fever: Global TV in the US

Thursday, November 12, 2020 | 6:00 PM
Television as we know it has transformed in the last two decades, away from network television mainly produced in the form of sitcoms, police procedurals, and medical or courtroom dramas, towards serial narratives, with clear storylines developed across episodes. At the same time, the notion of “quality television” has changed the way we evaluate TV content, from intentionally mindless entertainment to innovative cultural works. These shifts have been fortuitous for… Read More

Korean-American Directors: A Roundtable

Thursday, October 29, 2020 | 6:00 PM
After the success of Crazy Rich Asians and Parasite, the demand for representation of Asians and Asian-Americans on screen is rising. But what about behind the camera? Listen to our conversation with three Korean-American directors - Andrew Ahn, So Yong Kim, and Lee Isaac Chung- as they discuss their films and careers, their experience of working within and outside of the Hollywood system, and the challenges they face when they… Read More

Side by Side: Streaming and A Director's Talk

Monday, July 20, 2020 | 6:00 PM
Side by Side: Out of a South Korean Orphanage and Into the World weaves the stories of nine inter-country adoptees—selected out of 100 original interviews— as they recall their families of origin, their relinquishment to orphanages, and their adoptions and lives abroad. Starkly minimalist, Side by Side is composed entirely of intensely intimate, first-person narratives, filmed in Seattle, Chicago, Boston, New York City, Paris, Stockholm, Amsterdam, and Melbourne. This extraordinary… Read More

The Wandering Chef

Sunday, October 20, 2019 | 5:00 PM
The Korea Society is proud to co-present the U.S. premier of South Korean Documentary Film, The Wandering Chef, during the Margaret Mead Film Festival at the American Museum of Natural History. Jiho Im is a world-class chef who wanders the mountainous Korean peninsula on foot for unorthodox ingredients—acorns, weeds, and moss. Along his way, he cooks meals and develops deep relationships with the elders he meets. When one of his… Read More

Korean Film Today with Won Dong-Yeon

Monday, February 25, 2019 | 6:00 PM
SOLD OUT Famed producer Won Dong-Yeon--the creative force behind Along with the Gods and Masquerade--speaks to the state of Korean film today and intricacies of the film industry at home. He also reflects on the power of Korean directors, producers and actors for the global box office. Co-Sponsor: Korean Film Today with Won Dong-Yeon MONDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2019 | 6 PM The Korea Society 350 Madison Avenue, 24th Floor New… Read More

The Spy Gone North NYC Premiere

Wednesday, August 15, 2018 | 6:00 PM
Director Yoon Jong Bin's latest film, The Spy Gone North, starring Hwang Jung-min, Lee Sung-min, Cho Jin-woong, and Ju Ji-hoon, portrays the true story of former South Korean agent, Park Chae-seo. The film premiered in the Midnight Screenings section of the Cannes Film Festival in May of 2018. Synopsis Set in 1993, with tensions running high in South Korea amid rumors surrounding North Korea’s nuclear weapon development, Park Seok Young… Read More
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