Actors Stand Behind the Camera

2018-05-01 ~ 2018-06-30
Actors Stand Behind the Camera
Choi Eun-hee is the one of the most popular actress of her time who started her career in drama theater. After starring in “Korea” (1954) by Shin Sang-ok, Choi exclusively acted for the director and his film company Shin Film, then went onto debut as the third Korean female director after Park Nam-ok and Hong Eun-won, when she directed “The Girl Raised as a Future Daughter-in-law” in 1965. Park Nou-sik is an action actor who represent the 1960s and 1970s Korean film scene, starring in “Wanted” (Kim Muk, 1961), “Call 112” (Lee Man-hee, 1962), and “A Wandering Swordsman And 108 Bars of Gold” (Chung Chang-wha, 1968) and leaving strong impressions to the audience with his charismatic face and action acting techniques. In 1971, Park directed “Quit your life” in 1971, making his debut as a director, and went on to make a total of fourteen films throughout his career, including “Zip up” (1972) and “Devil! Take The Train To Hell” (1976). Choi Moo-ryong, who made his acting debut in 1954 in “A Turbid Water” directed by Lee Man-heung and enjoyed the peak of his career in 1960, also became a director through “Blood-soaked Mountain Guwol” (1965), later directing “Na Un-gyu” (1966), and “Seoul Is Full” (1967). Shin Seong-il, the teenage heartthrob of the 1960s in Korea, whose acting in “The Barefooted Young,” premiered in the Academy Theater in 1964 made teenage movies popular. This immensely popular actor also directed four films himself, making “Lovers’ Classroom” (1971) and “A love story” (1971).  

Korean actors who represented the 1950s and 1960s: Choi Eun-hee, Park Nou-sik, Choi Moo-ryong, and Shin Seong-il. This special feature will study look into the cinematic worlds created by these actors behind the camera, who were accustomed to standing in front of the camera.

Films
  • 01. The Girl Raised as a Future Daughter-in-law ( Minmyeoneuri ) Choi Eun-hee, 1965
    This work is a typical tearjerker melodrama about a good wife and daughter-in-law who overcome the difficulties of living in her in-law's home, but the story is enriched by the comic acting of Kim Hee-kap and Seo Young-Choon, the best comedic duo of the time. With this film, the director and lead actress Choi Eun-hee won the Fifth Grand Bell Awards for female lead role, and the work was submitted to the Tenth San Francisco International Film Festival. Actress Choi Eun-hee made her directing debut with this film.
  • 02. One-sided Love of Princess ( Gongjunimui Jjaksarang ) Choi Eun-hee, 1967
    Princess Sukgyeong, the youngest of the six princesses in the royal court, instantly falls in love when she sees Kim Seon-do a royal college student who attended the birthday celebration for Queen Inseon, her mother. Never the one to marry for political reasons, Princess Sukgyeong jumps into the world outside the palace that she never experienced, in order to find her love Kim Seon-do. Critics at the time mentioned that this second film directed by Choi Eun-hee is reminiscent of “Roman Holiday” (William Wyler, 1953) starring Audrey Hepburn. 
  • 03. Quit your life (Ingan sapyoleul sseola) Park Nou-sik, 1971
    The time is during Japanese occupation of Korea, and Cheolho and Jeongsu become sworn brothers in a mine in Northern Manchuria. Falsely accused of stealing gold ingots, however, Jeongsu is killed in vain, and Cheolho looks for the opportunity for vengeance by sticking around Dalgyu, who amassed wealth with the stolen gold ingots. Park Nou-sik, an actor renowned for his action scenes, made his directing debut with this film. The work features impressive point-of-view shots and transitions from the past and present to depict Dalgyu (Heo Chang-kang) who agonizes because of his crimes.
  • 04. Zip Up (Jyagkeuleul chae-wola) Park Nou-sik, 1972
    The tragedy of a family split into North and South Korea after the Korean War is described through this action thriller film. The film depicts the sad fate of two long-lost brothers who must duel each other while unaware of their relationship, because they were pit against by a Chinese spy ring. The fight in the mud in the last scene of the film particularly stands out, with additional entertainment from the child acting by Park Jun-gyu, the son of Park Nou-sik. new
     
  • 05. Devil ! Take The Train To Hell. (Ag-in-i-yeo ji-oghaeng yeolchaleul tala) Park Nou-sik, 1976
    In 1945, the remnants of the Imperial Japanese Army raid a Korean alluvial mining village in the Northern Manchuria, find where the gold is hidden from Honggeun and Cheolho, and kill them. Yeji, Cheolho’s daughter, moves to Japan as to seek vengeance for her father, and poisons Hayashi, one of the men who killed him. Meanwhile, Donghyeok, Honggeun's son who became blind because of the incident, looks for Hayashi and his men, and meets with Yeji to avow vengeance. Korean action films up until this point had been described as a male-centric entertainment, but the female Yeji character, played by An Bo-yeong, shines in this work, as much as the actions by Donghyeok, played by Park Nou-sik.
  • 06. Blood-soaked Mountain Guwol ( Pi-eorin Gu-wolsan ) Choi Moo-ryong, 1965
    The film describes the actions and risks taken by Mountain Guwol Unit that infiltrated into Mountain Guwol in North Korea in 1953. The heartbreaking love story of Shin Young-kyun, the lead character, and Kim Ji-mi, also made the audience cry their hearts out. This work is a film adaptation of a Dong-A Broadcasting Service (DBS) TV drama, and a debut work for Choi Moo-ryong as a director. 
     
  • 07. A Love Story (Eoneu salangui iyagi) Shin Seong-il, 1971
    This film talks about the heartbreaking love story of Hyeok, who works in a school broadcasting office while studying music, and Mujo, a son of a rich family a water polo player. Mujo marries Hyeok despite his father’s opposition, the man cannot escape the death of Hyeok, who is suffering from leukemia. The film is the second work directed by Shin Seong-il; Sin Yeong-il, who played the lead role in this film, was found by Shin Seong-il in the first film he directed, “Lovers’ Classroom” (1971), and studied under the great actor to make a career in the film industry. new

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