Korean Movies Bring Past Back to Life

September 17, 2008 at 10:28 am | Posted in Movies | 1 Comment

Korean movie makers are digging into the past for inspiration. The recent trend in the film industry is all about transforming historic facts and events into fiction.

Director Chung Ji-woo tries to bring Seoul during the 1930s to life in his latest movie “Modern Boy.” The filmmakers say they had a difficult time finding remnants of the past which were crucial for recreating the capital during Japanese Imperial rule, which was then called Gyeongseong. In the end the crew turned to modern-day technology such as three-dimensional computer graphics to fill in the details.

Award-winning director Kim Yoo-jin goes back to the Chosun era in his latest film “Project 1448”. The highlight of the movie is the actual-size recreation of a weapon designed during the era of King Sejong, the fourth king of the 500-year dynasty best remembered for creating the Korean alphabet hangeul.

Records on the weapon suggest it was one of the oldest in the world with the ability to shoot arrows in succession, almost like a bazooka. The filmmakers took actual drawings from 1448 to build the weapon for the sake of adding realism.

Their hard work and effort certainly won’t go unnoticed as it will be donated to the National Science Museum after the film is completed.

The Korean Western “The Good, The Bad, The Weird” by director Kim Jee-woon is action-packed, with scenes being shot on location in China’s Gobi Desert.

The makers of the film say shooting took more than 100 days in the sandy windswept desert.

Source: Digital Chosunilbo
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  1. 놈놈놈 (the nickname for “Good guy bad guy weird guy” in Korea) was really fantastic. I’m glad to see more directors looking to Korean history for inspiration, I hope they do their subjects justice. 😀

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