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Early Korean Cinema

Hurrah! For Freedom


Celebrating freedom in the first film from independent Korea.

Image from Hurrah! For Freedom

Korea 1946
Dir Choi In-gyu
With Jeon Chang-geun, Yoo Kye-sun, Hwang Ryuh-hee
English subtitles

In 1945 Korea once more became an independent nation. The first film made after Japan’s defeat charts the life-and-death battle that Korean freedom fighters faced. Directed by Choi In-gyu, who had previously made colonial propaganda films, Hurrah! For Freedom shows the complex personal and artistic decisions people had to make under colonial occupation. Plus two nine-minute newsreels: Joseon News No. 11. 조선시보 제11보 and Japanese Chronicles 일본실록.

The screening on Thursday 28 February will be introduced by Kate Taylor-Jones, season curator.


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