South Korean Cinema: Week 1 - Precarity

South Korean Cinema

April 5, 2023

South Korean Cinema: An Unconventional Crash Course

What is South Korean cinema? To open our course, we will begin conceptualizing the stylistic tendencies, genres, and concerns that connect South Korean films today. To do so, we will consider three films that center the issue of precarity (political, economic, and social): Park Chan-wook’s box office-smashing JSA (2000), Bong Joon-ho’s globally historic Parasite (2019), and Jeong Jae-eun’s pathbreaking classic Take Care of My Cat (2001).


Class Pass including all classes and screenings: $120 Sustainer | $100 Regular | $75 Member
Individual Talks: $25 Sustainer | $15 Regular | $10 SIFF member

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


Parasite can be rented at Scarecrow Video or streamed on Hulu+.

Take Care of My Cat can be rented at Scarecrow Video or streamed on Hoopla for free with most public library cards.


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.