There is nothing I thrive of more than sitting down and watching a good movie or better yet after a long day sitting down and watching something I don’t really have to use much of my already nearly empty tank to think and process what the heck is going on. Thanks to Netflix I have that option, as I have come to find that it can be the gate keeper to some really insightful and refreshing Nollywood Korean cinema. And to be fair I get to bizarrely invested in films and television, like the other day the Lion trailer was shown in my tutorial afterwards I felt the need to watch something much less full on that doesn’t entail your heart strings to being pulled on to the point of non-existence
‘South Korea has become the seventh-largest film market in the world, with national film attendance totals by 2000 exceeding 70 million. In a phenomenon the Asian mass media have referred to as the Korean wave (or pronounced Hallyu in South Korean), South Korea is now a brisk exporter of music, TV programming, and films to the Asia-Pacific region’ (Ryoo, p.139).
Train to Busan (2016)
“Train to Busan” premiered at the Cannes Film Festival, consisting of blood, brains and zombies devouring unfortunate passengers who are trapped on you guessed it a TRAIN, well a bullet train from Seoul. A large part of this film is spent reminding us of the importance of empathy and how fragile human beings are particularly when pushed by traumatic events. In the film, the people have been reduced to a mob mentality adapting as fast as possible to whats happening around them. This film is a brilliant example of Korean cinema and how it is being totally underrated (Chen 2016). Train to Busan is a perfect example of the often dark, but engaging contemporary films that Korean cinema has to offer.
- Chen, H., 2017. Zombies on a train take S Korea by storm. [online] BBC News. Available at: <http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-36939395> [Accessed 22 Aug. 2017].
- Jaucian, D., 2017. 7 terrifying South Korean horror films. [online] cnn. Available at: <http://cnnphilippines.com/life/entertainment/film/2016/09/06/korean-horror-films.html> [Accessed 19 Aug. 2017].
- Ryoo, W., 2009. Globalization, or the logic of cultural hybridization: the case of the Korean wave. Asian Journal of Communication, 19(2), pp.137-151.
- Staff, T., 2017. Primer: 10 Essential Films Of The Korean New Wave. [online] IndieWire. Available at: <http://www.indiewire.com/2014/06/primer-10-essential-films-of-the-korean-new-wave-84413/> [Accessed 16 Aug. 2017]