Wednesday, May 9, 2012

KOFA's 'Classic Korean Film Theatre' Youtube Channel Goes Live!

The Korean Film Archive has launched its much anticipated "Korean Classic Film Theater" Youtube channel which features 70 different hard to find titles, all free and with English subtitles.  The films range from 1949's A Hometown in My Heart to Hong Sang-soo's 1996 debut The Day a Pig Fell Into the Well.  Numerous classic Im Kwon-taek, Kim Ki-young and Shin Sang-ok films are featured as well as many of the most important Korean classics of the past decades, including Yu Hyun-mok's Aimless Bullet (aka Obaltan, 1961), Park Kwang-su's Chilsu and Mansu (1988), or the original hostess film, Yeongja's Heyday (1976).

I'm dying to get stuck into the many I haven't seen but I highly recommend Im Kwon-taek's Sopyonje (1993), Kim Ki-young' Ieoh Island (aka Iodo, 1977) and the aforementioned Aimless Bullet.  Truly a phenomenal resource from KOFA and cause for celebration for all Korean film fans!


Full list of films after the jump:


A Hometown in My Heart (1949)


The Hand of Destiny (1954)
The Widow (1955)
Yang san Province (1955)
Piagol (1955)
Madame Freedom (1956)
Holiday in Seoul (1956)
The Wedding Day (1957)
Hyperbolae of Youth (1956)
The Money (1958)
The Love Marriage (1958)
The Bell Tower (1958)
The Flower in Hell (1958)
Nameless Stars (1959)


A Romantic Papa (1960)
Mr. Park (1960)
A Drifting Story (1960)
Soil (1960)
Five Marines (1961)
A Bonanza (1961)
A Dream of Fortune (1961)
A Coachman (161)
Mother and a Guest (1961)
A Petty Middle Manager (1961)
Evergreen Tree (1961)
Under the Sky of Seoul (1961)
Seong Chun-hyang (1961)
The Sea Knows (1961)
Aimless Bullet (1961) - HD
Prince Yeonsan (1962) - HD
Kinship (1963) - HD
The Barefooted Youth (1964) - HD
The Seaside Village (1965) - HD
Horse-year Bride (1966)
Early Rain (1966)
Flame in the Valley (1967)
Love Me Once Again (1968)
The General's Mustache (1968)


Woman of Fire (1971) - HD
The Midnight Sun (1971)
An Iron Man (1972)
Yeongja's Heyday (1975)
Devil! Take the Train to Hell (1977)
Ieoh Island (1977)
A Woman After a Killer Butterfly (1978)


Good Windy Day (1980) - HD
Does Cuckoo Cry at Night (1981)
The Ball Shot by a Midget (1981)
Parrot Cries With its Body (1981)
People of Ko-bang Neighborhood (1982)
The Woman of Fire 82 (1982)
Spinning the Tales of Cruelty Towards Women (1984)
Carnivorous Animal (1985)
The Oldest Son (1985)
Eoh Wu-dong (1985)
Mulberry (1986)
Hwang Jin-ie (1986)
Our Joyful Young Days (1987)
Chilsu and Mansu (1988)
Gagman (1989)


Black Republic (1990)
The General's Son (1991)
Portrait of the Days of Youth (1991)
The Road to Race Track (1991)
The Marriage Life (1992)
Sopyonje (1993)
Rosy Life (1994)
The Taebaek Mountains (1994)
The Day a Pig Fell Into a Well (1996)
Festival (1996)

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