1960s Horror Movie Is Next in CKS Fall Film Series

The fourth movie in the Cen­ter for Kore­an Stud­ies Fall Kore­an film series is Thou­sand Year Old Fox (1969), the pin­na­cle of 1960s cin­e­mat­ic hor­ror. Direct­ed by Shin Sang-ok (1926 – 2006) and set in the Sil­la peri­od, it exper­i­ments with inge­nious com­bi­na­tions of fan­ta­sy, action, and melo­dra­ma. Going beyond the typ­i­cal for­mu­la used in pre­vi­ous hor­ror movies, invari­ably fea­tur­ing ghosts with a lust for vengeance, Thou­sand Year Old Fox exhibits a remark­able spir­it of exper­i­men­ta­tion in pur­su­ing cin­e­mat­ic horror.

The movie adroit­ly inter­min­gles a vari­ety of gen­res: action that includes wire work sequences (although they look clum­sy from our cur­rent point of view), high melo­dra­ma based on a trag­ic love tri­an­gle, and fan­ta­sy involv­ing a thou­sand-year-old fox and the sight of the fox’s spir­it enter­ing and leav­ing the female protagonist. 

Thou­sand Year Old Fox will be screened Tues­day, Octo­ber 18, 2011, in the Cen­ter for Kore­an Stud­ies audi­to­ri­um begin­ning at 6:30 p.m. For more infor­ma­tion about the film, vis­it the Kore­an Film Archive at http://www.koreafilm.org/feature/100_49.asp. For more about the Cen­ter for Kore­an Stud­ies film series, see http://www2.hawaii.edu/~mj23/kfs/.