The Austin Film Society has begun its latest film series. This month, it’s “Southern Uprising: Recent Korean Cinema.” The series includes such recent arthouse hits as 3-Iron, Oldboy, and Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter, Spring. While many of these films were popular in specialty circles, they certainly can get more of an audience. So, come out and see them. Here’s an excerpt from the Austin Film Society blurb by programmer Chale Nafus:
“South Korean films burst onto international screens in the mid-1990s. Fascinating stories told through powerful and often breathtakingly beautiful images have become a hallmark of many Korean films seen at film festivals and innovative art house cinemas. Growing political and economic stability, along with an easing of government censorship, allowed an already extant industry to provide innovative films for the international markets toward the end of the 20th century. Even though the Korean cinema goes back to 1919, almost no films made before 1955 still exist. A half-century of Japanese occupation, World War II, geographical separation into North and South Korea, the Korean War, and American occupation destroyed so much of the country’s culture. However, all that changed with the Korean industrial miracle of the late 20th century. This series will focus on recent films made by some of South Korean’s most creative filmmakers.”
Check out more information about the rest of the series, and how to attend, on the official Web site.