Korean Cinema Renaissance With Blockbuster FilmsUpdated: 2012-08-18 00:00:00 (KST)
From the musical, romantic comedy "Dancing Queen" to the parasite infecting, science fiction horror movie "Deranged," Korea's film industry is making waves and breaking box office records.
Over 44-million tickets for domestic films were sold in the first half of this year alone.
Local audiences have been showing their love for Korean movies and voting with their wallets -- out of the top ten best-selling movies in the nation, seven have been Korean films.
The commercial success of Korean movies is a huge victory amid fierce competition from big-budget Hollywood films.
The growing popularity of Korean movies has been spearheaded by a boost in high quality production values, all-star casts, and a diverse set of genres, never seen before in Korean cinema.
One of the shining leaders in this renaissance of the big-screen has been the heist film, "The Thieves," directed by legendary storyteller Choi Dong-hoon.
[Interview : Choi Dong-hoon, Director] "I would like to give my thanks to the 10 million Korean movie viewers that made this movie a success. I'd like to quickly forget this movie, and move on to better films."
Critics have also pointed out that film makers have been tailoring their movies to the dynamic tastes of Koreans and targeting mature audiences in their 30s and 40s.
Both strategies have been part of the winning formula leading to financial and critical success.
[Interview : Choi Kwang-hee, Film Critic] "Complex political and social themes are made accessible in films that are fun and entertaining for audiences. Easy to watch movies like these are going to be favored."
Korean cinema has undergone an explosive transformation over the past decade, producing blockbusters and internationally recognized films.
Needless to say, it's a great time to be movie lover.
Paul Yi, Arirang News
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