Bong Joon-ho made history during the 2019 Cannes Film Festival by being the first South Korean director to win the Palme d’Or with his film Parasite, which will be screened in Singapore on 27 June this year. A heavyweight in Korean cinema, Bong has also directed other Canne favourites, like Okja and Snowpiercer. But he’s not the only movie-maker from South Korea who’s made great films.
If you’re a cinephile with love for Asian cinema – particularly Korean – then you’re in for a treat. The Korean Film Archive (KFA) has been uploading classic Korean movies for over a year now, and its Youtube page is now a great resource for anyone who wants to watch these remastered masterpieces for free.
There are over 200 films showcased, dating all the way back from the 1960s to the 1990s. Major Korean filmmakers such as New Korean Cinema icon Im Kwon-taek are represented, as well as some gems like Hong Sang-soo’s 1996 debut “The Day a Pig Fell Into the Well”, and Park Chul-soo’s hilarious “Farewell My Darling” (1996) about a Korean funeral mourning.
A variety of genres are represented, including animation, and you can watch more of KFA’s films which are uploaded on Youtube here.