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Contemporary South Korean Film Industry

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As the paper outlines, contemporary South Korean film industry has changed in many aspects and has rather become more influential than ever. Despite the commercialization and the modernization of the society, the industry still comprises of filmmakers who make films focusing on social issues that are still present in the society or are rather the modern issues of the society. Two such films are Whispering Corridors (1998) and Attack the Gas Station (1999). Both these films raise the issues of teenagers which are commonly seen in Korean society and are relatable.

Both the films have been made after the renaissance of the Korean cinema and they cover the society as it was back in the late 1990s. Whispering Corridors (1998) was directed by Park Ki-Hyung. The movie is a rare type of horror movie which revived the horror world. The movie focused on many social themes and the educational system critiques which was surrounded by a story of a ghost. The movie and its sequels talk about the different high school problems among females. The movie starts with the death of a teacher who was investigating the case of a student who had died nine years ago.

The teacher dies before Eun-young before being able to tell her the mystery she had discovered. The plot develops around the highly competitive educational system in high schools and the friendly ties between young girls (Choi 117). The male characters of the movie have created problems for the females which is a hidden truth of the society. Mr. Goh harasses So-young and threatens her to deal with it if she wants good grades. The art teacher has an attitude towards female students as he gets sexually attracted to them, rewards them, and paints their portraits.

These girls in high school have fully grown figures and have men surrounding them and making contact with them when they spend time with them in schools. The movie shows the social relationships of teenagers in high schools and how these relationships contribute to some of the major social issues in the educational system.

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