Modern Korean Cinema is a comprehensive site on Korean film based in Seoul. Driver by the passion of a dedicated group of writers from around the world the site features a diverse array of content, including:
  • Reviews: These thoughtful discussions of past and present Korean films are the lynchpin of Modern Korean Cinema.  Depending on the film and the reviewer's impression they may differ in style but are always topical, never rushed, and above all, honest.
  • Features: Modern Korean Cinema plays host to a number of different pieces which can range from academic essays, awards coverage, or industry analysis to top 10s, festival reports and other special events hosted on the site.
  • Festivals: Previews and day by day coverage of film festivals that Modern Korean Cinema participates in.
  • Korean Box Office Update: Early and detailed analysis of the fortunes of local films playing at Korean cinemas. There's always a story to tell as homegrown hits face off against Hollywood blockbusters and unexpected films grip the nation. The Korean Box Office Update appears every Sunday night (Korea Standard Time).
  • Columns: Various running features appear on the site, including Kyu Hyun Kim's Dr. Q's MKC Rants and the MKC Though Leaders Corner.

In addition to the above, Modern Korean Cinema also features an Upcoming Releases page which is frequently updated, the most detailed resource of its kind available on the internet in English. Various events are also hosted on the website which include Jopok Week, Revenge Week and the 2nd Korean Cinema Blogathon.

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Contact:  [email protected]

Founding Editor

Pierce Conran is the founder and editor of Modern Korean Cinema, a K-drama critic for the South China Morning Post, the Korean correspondent for Screen Anarchy, and a consultant for the Fribourg International Film Festival and Fantastic Fest. His writing has featured in numerous books, publications and websites, and in 2023 he released his first book, the collection of essays Pierce Is in a Pickle, published by Maeum Sanchek in Korea. 

Formerly Pierce spent a decade as the English editor of the Korean Film Council's KoBiz website and was for several years a consultant for LA-based production company XYZ Films. He runs the Korean production outfit 2Mr Films with the independent Korean filmmaker Lee Sang-woo (Mother Is a Whore, Barbie). Their films, including Dear DictatorI Am Trash, and Dirty Romance have screened at several international film festivals.

Pierce is an advisor for the Asian Film Awards and the Wildflower Film Awards, works as a script translator, and even, on occasion, as a bit part actor.


Rex Baylon

In addition to MKC, Rex Baylon is a contributor to VCinema and The Post American.


Patryk Czekaj

Patryk Czekaj is a journalism student at the University of Warsaw, Poland. He writes for Twitchfilm.com and occasionally contributes to Japancinema.net. He's been deeply interested in Asian cinema, long-distance travels and Japanese culture since childhood. Nowadays he tries to connect all those passions while tweeting @patrykczekaj. You can also find him blogging about films at http://patrykczekaj.wordpress.com.

John A. Riley

John A. Riley is from England but currently lives in Gumi, South Korea. He has worked variously as a writer, bureaucrat, university lecturer, factotum, video technician and English language teacher. He writes regularly about film for a wide range of publications, including Electric Sheep, Bright Lights Film Journal and Desistfilm, where he is also on the editorial team. When not teaching or writing he can usually be found sleeping.

Hieu Chau

A lifelong fan of Asian cinema, Hieu Chau's love for film is owed entirely to Park Chan-wook's Oldboy. Based in Melbourne, Australia, Hieu is the current Entertainment Editor for international student news publication, Meld Magazine. He also contributes reviews and interviews to Japan Cinema. Outside of film, he loves to engage with comics, professional wrestling and gaming. For more on Hieu, you can find him spout nonsense on his Twitter page, @HieuChau or see what his thoughts are on some of the films he's seen over at his blog, Musing with Hieu.

Eugene Kwon

Euegene Kwon, a Korean who has spent most of his life overseas, is a freelance interpreter, translator and writer of film/literary criticism based in Gyeonggi-do, South Korea.

Kyu Hyun Kim

Kyu Hyun Kim is an Associate Professor of Japanese and Korean History, University of California, Davis as well as a contributor to koreanfilm.org.

David Bell

David Bell is an English Professor in Anyang, just south of Seoul. 

Fabien Schneider

Fabien Schneider is a Masters Student in Lausanne, Switzerland, specializing in Korean film.

Former Contributors

Peter GutiĆ©rrez writes for Twitch and School Library Journal and has also written about pop culture for The New York Times, TribecaFilm.Com and The Financial Times.  He can be counted on for too-frequent film and pop culture updates on Twitter via @Peter_Gutierrez.
10th New York Korean Film Festival (February 24-26, 2012, NY, USA)

Darcy Paquet is the founder of Koreanfilm.org, and the author of New Korean Cinema: Breaking the Waves (2009).

The Rise and Fall of the Korean Gangster Comedy

Kieran Tully is Marketing and Festivals Manager of the Korean Cultural Office in Sydney, where he coordinates a weekly film night (Cinema on the Park) and the Korean Film Festival (KOFFIA).  He is currently completing a Masters of Arts on Asian Film in Australia, has worked at more than 15 film festivals across Sydney, and writes about film on the blog Tully’s Recall.

Born to Kill (Bon tu kkil) 1996

Rowena Santos Aquino recently obtained her doctorate degree in Cinema and Media Studies.  She is a contributing writer to Asia Pacific Arts.  She has also contributed to other online outlets, such as Midnight Eye and Red Feather, and to print journals, including Transnational Cinemas and Asian Cinema.   She also loves football.  She can be found musing about film and football on her twitter page.

Masculinity and Beauty in A Bittersweet Life and The Man From Nowhere – Part I
Masculinity and Beauty in A Bittersweet Life and The Man From Nowhere – Part II

Connor McMorran currently lives in Scotland, and has been a fan of Asian Cinema since stumbling across a late night screening of Hideo Nakata’s Ring on TV in 2002.  Last year he received his Bachelor’s Degree in Film Studies, and he currently reviews films at his blog Rainy Day, and is hoping to enter further education this year.