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[Notice] Five documentary films on Korean culture completed

  • Date Jul 10, 2009

Five documentary films on Korean culture have been completed in 2009 under the Foundation’s Support for Multimedia Production Program, which seeks to broaden understanding of Korea among viewers abroad through the production and distribution of visual media.
These DVDs are distributed free of charge to domestic and overseas organizations, libraries, universities and embassies (Not for sale). For distribution requests or inquiries, please contact Media Department at 82-2-2151-6543, publication@kf.or.kr
 

Fashion Express, Dongdaemun

Produced by Korea Cinetel
Sponsored by the Korea Foundation
Dubbed into Korean, English, Chinese, Spanish and French

Dongdaemun (East Gate) is a pendulum of fashion. Clothes sold at Dongdaemun are said to be in line with those in almost all the other areas in the world, and it is even said that the world’s fashion is divided into clothes found at Dongdaemun and those not. Beyond a successful market in the past, Dongdaemun is changing itself to a leading fashion town. What is the fundamental competitiveness of Dongdaemun, and what are the conditions for its successful globalization? The place emits energy and passion around the clock, and boasts that it is one of the world’s largest fashion clusters equipped with everything related to fashion, and that it has a production system faster than any other places. To show the future of Dongdaemun, the fashion front, the film also features designers who design their dreams and passion to challenge the world.



Jongmyo, a Shrine for Human Beings

Produced by Production Ray
Sponsored by the Korea Foundation
Dubbed into Korean, English, Chinese, Spanish and French

Jongmyo is a royal shrine where royal ancestral rite is held. What is the reason that has made Jongmyo Jerye, the rite of worshipping kings and queens of Joseon, continue for the past five centuries? In Jongmyo, ancestral rite, music, songs and dances harmoniously build a system in which Confucian ethics, philosophy and thought are found. This is distinctly different from ordinary rituals or artistic forms in other cultures. This film features the four seasons, space and architectural characteristics of Jongmyo, Jongmyo Jeryeak (royal ancestral ritual music), Ilmu (line dance), and Jongmyo Daeje (royal ancestral rite) from various angles. Using the technique of CG, aerial photography, and night photography of reproduced ceremony, it presents beautiful images showing the ideological root and spirit of Jongmyo that runs even in present-day life of Koreans.


 

Korean Traditional House, Hanok

Produced by KNTV
Sponsored by the Korea Foundation
Dubbed into Japanese

Free-lance newspaper reporter Mark Day is a blue-eyed Westerner who has greater affection for Hanok, traditional house of Korea, than any other Koreans do. He meets non-Koreans who love Hanok and are currently living in a traditional Korean-style house. This film shows architectural excellence, nature-friendly attributes, and seasonally changing elegant looks of Hanok. It also makes the audience realize the importance of Hanok which has been disappearing under the logic of development.






A Day in Novelists' Seoul

Produced by Actes Sud
Sponsored by the Korea Foundation
Dubbed into French

This film features modern and contemporary ‘Seoul,’ depicted in the novels of such writers as Kim Seung-ok, Park Kyung-ri, Lee Dong-ha, Yi Mun-yol, and Park Tae-won. Based on the novelists’ works, it covers various aspects of Seoul, including young people, food, industrialization, citizens and drinking, and finds out what modern and contemporary novels mean to contemporary Koreans.







Ancient Doctors (Korea’s Ancient Medicine)

Produced by Oak3 Films
Sponsored by the Korea Foundation
Dubbed into English

How did Korean doctors treat the disease in the past when there were no such things like state-of-the-art medical equipment we use these days? This film deals with medical literature of traditional Korea including Dongeuibogam written by Heo Jun and the impact of such traditional Korean medicine on the life of modern Koreans. It also introduces the effect of acupuncture, meridians, and medicinal herbs in detail.


 

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