Korean New Wave (1990s-present)

It was a time when the new wave began to show its influence in South Korea. Like other movements around the world, the Korean New Wave also tackled societal issues and experimented with a diverse range of themes. They explored new narrative approaches, using non-linear structures and complex character development. While there might have been influences from existing new wave movements, the Korean New Wave had its own stylistic elements and innovative storytelling that set it apart.

 The Korean New Wave revitalized genres such as crime thrillers, horror, and psychological dramas, infusing them with unique storytelling elements. These genre innovations contributed to the global popularity of Korean films within specific genres.

 Korean filmmakers embraced technical advancements to enhance visual storytelling, special effects, and cinematography.

 During this time, independent filmmaking increased, and directors like Park Chan-wook and Bong Joon-ho became influential figures and their movies:

  • ‘Oldboy’ (2003) – Directed by Park Chan-Wook
  • ‘Memories of Murder’ (2003) – Directed by Bong Joon-ho

There have been many outstanding movies that emerged during this era. Watch them to gain a better understanding of the impact of the new wave on Korean cinema and its contribution to global cinema and the films we see today.

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