Monday, January 20, 2014

Top 100 Korean films named

By JONATHAN HICAP, Manila Bulletin
The Korean Film Archive (KOFA) has released its list of top 100 Korean films in celebration of its 40th anniversary.
The list was chosen by 62 film scholars, film critics, industry professionals and officials through a survey.
The top 100 Korean films were chosen by critics and industry professionals )Photo courtesy of Korean Film Archive)

Tied for first place are “The Housemaid,” released in 1960, “The Aimless Bulletin” released in 1961, and “The March of Fools” released in 1975.
Notably, a remake of “The Housemaid,” which was released in 2010, won best actress for Yoon Yeo-jeong and best director for Im Sang-soo at the 2010 Cinemanila International Film Festival.
Placing fourth to tenth places in the list are “Madame Freedom (1956),” “The Coachman (1961),” “Heavenly Hometown of the Stars (1974),” “Fine Windy Day (1980),” “Mother and a Guest (1961),” “Youngja’s Heyday (1975),” “Declaration of Fools (1983)” and “Sopyonje (1993).”
The oldest film on the list is the “Crossroads of Youth,” released in 1934.
A total of 17 Korean films released from 2000 to 2012 were in the list including “Chunhyang (2000),” “Die Bad (2000),” “Joint Security Area (2000),” “Sorum (2001),” “Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance (2001),” “Save the Green Planet (2003),” “Memories of Murder (2003),” “A Good Lawyer’s Wife (2003),” “Old Boy (2003),” “Repatriation (2003),” “3-Iron (2004),” “The Birth of a Family (2006),” “The Host (2006),” “Secret Sunshine (2007),” “Mother (2009),” “Poetry (2010)” and “Pieta (2012).”
“Mother,” starring Kim Hye-ja and Won Bin, won best film at the Blue Dragon Awards in 2009. It also earned a slew of honors at the KOFRA Film Awards and Asian Film Awards in 2010. It was also a runner-up as best foreign language film at the Toronto and Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards the same year.
“Poetry,” starring Yoon Jeong-hee, won best screenplay at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival.
“Pieta’ won the Golden Lion award at the 69th Venice International Film Festival.

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