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Hong Sang-soo Added to Korean Film Directors Series

2007/11/06 | Permalink | Source

An English book on director Hong Sang-soo, one of the most renowned auteurs at the Korean film scene, has been published following books on director Im Kwon-taek, Kim Ki-young, Lee Chang-dong and Kim Dong-won.

When Hong Sang-soo's debut work, "The Day a Pig Fell Into the Well", was released in May 1996, the nation's film critics were thrown into shock. The cinematic language in the film was unprecedented in Korean film history. Since then, Hong has continued to show his own distinctive style with near perfection in his following works. This book, written by HUH Moon-yung, one of the most distinguished film critics in Korea, is intended to help readers to better understand the cinematic world of Hong Sang-soo. The book also includes analyses by prominent film critic, David Bordwell and renowned French film director, Claire Denis.

The publication is part of the 'Korean Film Directors Series', a project initiated by the Korean Film Council (KOFIC) to internationally promote Korean film directors. The book will be distributed throughout the world through Seoul Selection, a publishing house specializing in English publications on Korean culture.

For the 2007 series project, KOFIC has chosen Im Sang-soo, Lee Myung-se, Yim Soon-rye, and the celebrated master Yu Hyun-mok. The books are scheduled to be published by early 2008. KOFIC is preparing books to also introduce emerging directors such as Jeong Ji-woo, Kim Tae-yong, Jang Joon-hwan, and Zhang Lu.

* The year indicates when the project began

2005: Park Chan-wook, Bong Joon-ho, Ryoo Seung-wan

(Trial project, published, not for sale)

2006: Kim Ki-young, Im Kwon-taek, Lee Chang-dong, Kim Dong-won

Hong Sang-soo


Park Chan-wook, Jang Sun-woo

(To be published in 2007)

2007: Yu Hyun-mok, Im Sang-soo, Lee Myung-se, Yim Soon-rye

(To be published in early 2008)

Contact: International Promotion Dept. JUNG Hyun-chang

(Tel. 82 2 958 7596,

For purchase: Seoul Selection (Tel. 82 2 734 9567, Open the link)

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