Kim Ki-young and His Korean Femme Fatales

Posted: 06/02/2017 by vequinox in Literature


On the 5th of February 1998, Korean film director Kim Ki-young and his wife Kim Yu-bong were killed in a house fire in Seoul, South Korea. The death came unexpectedly and in the moment of Kim Ki-young’s artistic ‘resurrection’ and rehabilitation as one of the most significant Korean film directors. In fact, after a period of professional stagnation throughout the 1980s, Kim Ki-young was rediscovered in the 1990s by Korean cult film fans, and soon after, an interest from Western film communities followed. Motivated by the growing interest in his films, Kim Ki-young began working on a comeback film to be titled Diabolical Woman. Unfortunately, due to his sudden death, the project was never realized.

41SP7NJYQDLMost of Kim Ki-young’s greatest productions come from the Golden Age of Korean cinematography – the period between 1953 and 1973, during which the South Korean president, Syngman Rhee, helped rejuvenate the…

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