This is a well-written, intelligent survey of the most crucial years in the development of recent Korean cinema. Paquet obviously knows his stuff and seems to have lived through some of it (he lives in Korea). What's most useful is the historical and social perspective and context in which Paquet frames his account. For those of us who don't know much about Korea, it helps deepen our understanding of the films themselves and the environment in which Korean cinema took hold of the world's imagination at the end of the 20th century. It's a necessary corrective to all that misinformation you find from fanboys, opportunistic blogs, and amateurs who don't know their Park Chan-wook from Don Siegel. An absolute necessity for anyone's collection - even if you only have a passing interest in cinema, this book will tell you a lot about Korea itself.
Now if only Paquet would turn his attention to the deeper riches of Korean cinema of the 1950s and 1960s!
Disappointed me.Sort of a survey of the K- film INDUSTRY, rather than an investigation of the cultural roots, thinking and experiences of film makers which have created ( my opinion) the most vivid , vibrant and emotionally intense films made in the past two decades. Speaking of the industry,the author missed the impact of the Region DVD codes which prevent foreign access to all Korean DVD's that don't have a US distributor. To this day I think DVD codes were managed by Hollywood not to prevent piracy, but to block importation of foreign DVD's.Good resource though for anyone who likes Korean cinema and wants to learn a bit more about it. Handy reference for names and titles..