South Korean Cinema: Week 5 - Innovation

South Korean Cinema

May 3, 2023

South Korean Cinema: An Unconventional Crash Course

Can Korean cinema truly be defined? In week five, we continue conceptualizing South Korean cinema beyond the confines of the nation state through films that refuse to be defined. Turning to moments in Korean film history where the social, political, or economic context spurred radical innovation, we will examine the reflexivity in Lucky Chan-shil (2019), the international influences in Empty Dream (1965), the uncontainable style of Declaration of Idiot (1983), and the hybridity of “kimchi Western” The Good, the Bad, and the Weird (2008).


Individual Talks: $25 Sustainer | $15 Regular | $10 SIFF member

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Class Pass including all classes and screenings: $120 Sustainer | $100 Regular | $75 Member

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7:00–9:00pm PT
SIFF Film Center (live) + Streamed via Zoom Webinar


Lucky Chan-sil will be made available to class attendees to view online.

Empty Dream can be streamed with English subtitles on Youtube. Content Advisory: Depictions of sexual violence and attempted sexual assault.

Declaration of Idiot can be streamed with English subtitles on Youtube. Content Advisory: Depictions of suicide and sexual violence.

The Good, the Bad, and the Weird can be rented from Scarecrow Video or streamed on Tubi.


Hannah Baek is an independent film programmer specializing in Asian cinema and interactive film screenings. She received a master’s degree from Harvard’s Regional Studies East Asia program, where she studied gender queerness in the "Dark Ages" of 1970s South Korean cinema. Most recently, she has worked with the Sundance Film Festival, the Harvard Film Archive, MUBI, SIFF, and Spectacle Theater.