The Late and Post-Dictatorship Cinephilia Boom and Art Houses in South Korea

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Examines the 1990s growth of art film exhibition, consumption, and cinephilia within South Korean cinema
This book is a narrative history of art film exhibition and cinephilia in post-dictatorship South Korea
It is the first study to consider the practical, cultural, and social experience of cinema-going during a formative period of Korean film history
It presents an argument about the important legacy of the 1990s period of cinephilia; especially, its connections to the critical and economic success of South Korean film
The book charts the rise and subsequent fall of art film exhibition spaces like videotheques (cinematheques) and independent art houses and the reasons for the decline of the art film sector
The research is based on data drawn from contemporary media reports, archival research, as well as interviews and surveys with art film exhibitors, distributors, importers, and spectators from the period
This monograph examines an unexplored area of South Korean cinema history– the 1985-1997 growth of art film exhibition, consumption, and cinephilia. This moment of heightened interest in art film altered how many Koreans conceptualised cinema and helped pave the way for the critical success of South Korean film.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationEdinburgh UK
PublisherEdinburgh University Press
Number of pages296
ISBN (Electronic)9781399514231, 9781399514224
ISBN (Print)9781399514200
Publication statusPublished - 2023


  • art houses
  • cinephilia
  • cinema-going
  • film
  • film exhibition
  • South Korean film history

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