NewsLetter DailyWeekly
My HanCinema | Sign up, Why ? Your E-mail   Password    Auto| Help
HanCinema :: The Korean Movie and Drama Database, discover the South Korean cinema and drama diversity Contact HanCinema HanCinema on TwitterFaceBook HanCinema PageHanCinema on Twitter

Director Im to Soon Release 100th Film

2007/02/20 Source

One of Korea's greatest film directors is about to release his 100th movie.
Im Kwon-taek has directed movies since 1962, mostly on traditional Korean themes.
But his latest work "Beyond the Years" is his first love story.
Son Heekyung sat down with the prolific director.

The 1993 movie "Seopyeonje" is famous for depicting the beauty and realism of a bygone way of life.
It's also remembered for luring one million moviegoers in Seoul alone for the first time in Korean cinematic history.
It's the work of one of Korea's most celebrated directors - Im Kwon-taek.
Now a blip in the past, at least by movie industry standards, Sopyeonje met with several roadblocks that kept Im from portraying the subject of pansori to a wide audience.
This time around, however, Im's getting a second chance to delve into his beloved topic.

SON HEEKYUNG, REPORTER: "Veteran director Im Kwon-taek's one hundredth film is scheduled to be released in April. Im's latest work, "Beyond the Years", is a love story interwoven with the music of pansori, Korea's traditional narrative song. This 100th production comes 45 years since his debut".

Director Im has won international acclaim for portraying Korea's traditional lifestyle and culture through his films.
An example is his 2002 film "Chihwaseon" about a renowned 19th-century Korean painter who influenced the direction of Korean art.
Im's love for film, combined with his talented artistry, led him to earn the best-director prize at the Cannes Film Festival that year.
At a time when most Korean films deal with modern life, Im stands out for bringing scenes from the past on-screen.

RECORDED: "Pansori exists nowhere in the world, but Korea.
Pansori is the country's unique and prominent music. However, the reality is that historic Korean music is being forgotten among its people today. In "Seopyeonje", the sound of pansori was difficult to learn, so this time around, I made it easier, so that audiences could feel closer to the music.

In "Beyond the Years" Im focuses on the love between a brother and sister.
Im says, his goal is to plant a positive image of Korea in the minds of filmgoers.

RECORDED: "Because I'm Korean, I like to make films that can only be produced by Koreans. I want to play a key role in promoting and advancing Korean films worldwide. People from the West are interested in learning about Korean culture, how the country has developed and its traditional lifestyle".

So with 100 films to his name, what legacy does the director hope to leave?

Video by folowing the link

Source :

Copy & paste guideline for this article
Always put a link back to the source and HanCinema permalink

Creative Commons License"Director Im to Soon Release 100th Film"
by HanCinema is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported License.
Based on a work from this source

Attention You're reading the news with potential spoilers, make them spoiler free, dismiss



 Previous news
  • Record Number of Submissions to '07 Jeonju Film Festival
    2007/02/20 (Source)
    A record number of films were submitted to the Jeonju International Film Festival this year.
    Organizers for the festival now in its eighth year said 1,035 films were submitted, which is an all-time record and 17 percent more than last year.
    Foreign films from 51 countries make up over a third of t,...

  • Record Submissions to Jeonju Film Fest
    2007/02/20 (Source)
    The Jeonju International Film Festival organizing committee says a record one thousand-35 films have been submitted for this year's fest. Submissions are up 17 percent from last year's eight-hundred-88.

    Six-hundred-60 Korean and three-hundred-70 foreign films have applied for slots in the eighth ,...

  • Jun Jin to Go to Taiwan for Promotion
    2007/02/20 (Source)
    Singer Jun Jin will visit Taiwan in early March to promote his first single "No Love for Me" release,...More

Subscribe to HanCinema Pure to remove ads from the website (not for episode and movie videos) for US$0.99 monthly or US$7.99 yearly (you can cancel anytime). The first step is to be a member, please click here : Sign up, then a subscribe button will show up.


Remove ads

Sign up




Visible, hide

Learn to read Korean in 90 minutes or less using visual associations

About | Privacy policy | Contact | Partners

Mobile version