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Unexpected Alliances: Independent Filmmakers, the State, and the Film Industry in Postauthoritarian South Korea

Young-a Park


Since 1999 South Korean films have drawn roughly 40 to 60 percent of the Korean domestic box office, matching or even surpassing Hollywood films in popularity. How did this Korean “film explosion” come about? This book examines the Korean film industry’s success story from the viewpoint of a group of unlikely social actors-Korean independent filmmakers. It investigates the unexpected alliances among independent filmmakers, the state, and the mainstream film industry practitioners under the postauthoritarian administrations of Kim Dae-jung (1998–2003) and Roh Moo-hyun (2003–2008), and argues th ... More

Keywords: South Korea, independent filmmakers, postauthoritarian state, film industry, alliances, democratic generation/3-8-6 generation, activism, co-optation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780804783613
Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: May 2015 DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804783613.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Young-a Park, author
University of Hawaii, Manoa