Han Suk-kyu in a scene from Shiri. The film looked as slick as an American film and its phenomenal success at the local box-office in 1999 helped kick-start the Korean New Wave. Han Suk-kyu in a scene from Shiri. The film looked as slick as an American film and its phenomenal success at the local box-office in 1999 helped kick-start the Korean New Wave.
Han Suk-kyu in a scene from Shiri. The film looked as slick as an American film and its phenomenal success at the local box-office in 1999 helped kick-start the Korean New Wave.

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Korean New Wave cinema: how Shiri, Christmas in August and other movie hits put South Korea on the world map

  • Before the Korean New Wave exploded into life, South Korea’s moviegoers were happy to watch Hollywood films in cinemas and follow American stars
  • The box office success of Shiri in 1999 changed all that, and spawned blockbusters like Silmido, Friend and Taegukgi

Topic |   Asian cinema: Korean films
Han Suk-kyu in a scene from Shiri. The film looked as slick as an American film and its phenomenal success at the local box-office in 1999 helped kick-start the Korean New Wave. Han Suk-kyu in a scene from Shiri. The film looked as slick as an American film and its phenomenal success at the local box-office in 1999 helped kick-start the Korean New Wave.
Han Suk-kyu in a scene from Shiri. The film looked as slick as an American film and its phenomenal success at the local box-office in 1999 helped kick-start the Korean New Wave.
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