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Friday, March 12, 2004

Is this Korean film boom or what

(Bloggery amandment: got to give credit to The Marmot for the idea of putting a genre painting at the side.

I already have one Korean movie (Take Care of My Cat, Koyangirûl put'akhae) under translation for television, and now I have received yet another one. If this isn't Korean film boom I don't know what is.

The other is Little Monk (Tongsûng 童僧) by director Chu Kyông-jung (don't know the person's preferred Romanization), a story of a child monk. The actor in the role of the old monk seems to be the same as in Kim Ki-duk's recent Spring, Summer (and so on). It is supposed to be a kind of a comedy-melodrama about three monks, one child, one young, one old. It's understandable that movies with a Buddhist theme make a more interesting viewing in the West than a for example with Christian theme - even though when made well the latter would be as "exotically interesting." The viewers would only have to deal with views of urban Korea which are somewhat less soothing than what Buddhist monasteries can present.
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