Korean Film Archive Puts Classic Korean Features On Line

Fans of clas­sic Kore­an cin­e­ma will be pleased to learn that the Kore­an Film Archive has made it pos­si­ble to watch dozens of old­er Kore­an films on line at YouTube. The cur­rent YouTube archive includes sev­en­ty films orga­nized as eleven over­lap­ping playlists.

In addi­tion to playlists for each decade from the 1940s through the 1990s, there are lists for three well-known direc­tors plus a “Top 10” list and an “HD” list. The three direc­tors includ­ed are Kim Ki-young, Shin Sang-ok, and Im Kwon-t’aek. Only a few select­ed items are avail­able from the works of these direc­tors, and they are not always their best or best-known films. For exam­ple, only four of the many films made by Im Kwon-t’aek are avail­able, but the often-sought Sopy­on­je is among them.

If you missed the Cen­ter for Kore­an Stud­ies com­e­dy film series last spring, you can catch up now via YouTube. Most of the fea­tures shown in that series are avail­able in the archive, includ­ing The Love Mar­riage (자유결혼, 1958), A Pet­ty Mid­dle Man­ag­er (삼등과장, 1961), Mr. Park (박서방, 1960), Hyper­bo­lae of Youth (청춘쌍곡선, 1956), and A Roman­tic Papa (로맨스 빠빠, 1960).

The films retain their orig­i­nal Kore­an sound­tracks, of course, but Eng­lish sub­ti­tles are also present in the on-line ver­sions: Look for the “cc” but­ton on the tool­bar at the bot­tom of the play win­dow or the “Inter­ac­tive Tran­script” but­ton below the win­dow.

A small sam­ple of the oth­er films cur­rent­ly in the archive:

  • Aim­less Bul­let 오발탄 (1961)
  • The Sea­side Vil­lage 갯마을 (1965)
  • Eoh Wu-dong 어우동 (1985)
  • Yeong-Ja’s Hey­day 영자의 전성시대 (1975)
  • Hol­i­day in Seoul 서울의 휴일 (1956)
  • Moth­er and a Guest 사랑방 손님과 어머니 (1961)
  • Hwang Jin-i 황진이 (1986)
  • The Tae Baek Moun­tains 태백산맥 (1994)
  • Mul­ber­ry 뽕 (1985)
  • Madame Free­dom 자유부인 (1956)
  • Yangsan Province 양산도 (1955)
  • The Wed­ding Day 시집가는 날 (1956)

The link to the Kore­an Film Archive Kore­an Clas­sic Film The­ater on YouTube is: http://www.youtube.com/user/KoreanFilm.