Early Korean Cinema: Lost Films From the Japanese Colonial Period

7 Feb 2019 – 28 Feb 2019

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£10.20 - £12.50

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BFI Southbank

London, United Kingdom


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  • Waterloo, Embankment and Charing Cross.
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A unique opportunity for you to experience world cinema history as we screen films once thought lost.


“A more subtle, allegorical filmmaking under stricter japanese control... developed in the 1930s”
Peter Harry Ris, The Cinema of Japan and Korea

It was once assumed that all pre-1945 Korean cinema had vanished from existence, but in the 2000s a series of remarkable archival discoveries revealed a diverse treasure trove of melodramas, propaganda films and newsreels from the colonial period. We’re delighted to present them for the first time in the UK, thanks to the restoration work of the Korean Film Archive. Here you can learn about the stars, directors and politics of this complex and controversial period in Korean history – a time when the nation was under Japanese occupation. However, rejecting these products as nothing more than colonial propaganda refuses to acknowledge the skills, desires and ambitions of the Korean filmmakers behind them. These are unique creations that, despite their background, are the very origins of contemporary Korean cinema.

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Korean Cultural Centre UK (KCCUK)

Korean Cultural Centre UK (KCCUK)

London, United Kingdom


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