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Early Korean Cinema

Spring of the Korean Peninsula

+ discussion

반도의 봄

A filmmaker struggles with actors, finance and romance on the film set.

Image from Spring of the Korean Peninsula + discussion

Korea 1941
Dir Lee Byung-il
With Kim So-young, Seo Wol-young, Kim Il-hae, Baek Ran
84min (Total runtime 130min).
English subtitles

A young filmmaker and his crew struggle to bring the famous Korean story of Chunghyang to the big screen. Torn between two very different women and facing financial ruin, the director makes a rash and foolish choice in order to realise his dreams. Visually arresting, Spring of the Korean Peninsula allows a fascinating insight into the Korean film industry of the period. Following the screening, leading Korean film scholars Baek Moonim (Yonsei University), Lee Hwa-jin (Inha University) and Chung Chong-hwa (Korean Film Archive), will be in discussion with season co-curator Kate Taylor-Jones to provide context for the propaganda films made in Korea under Japanese rule. Together, they will explore the realities and complexities of this period, and its legacy in Korean cinema history.


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