Film and drama in Korea- an Analysis of Cultural Aspects, Local and Global Significance
The history of Korean’s Film and Drama culture dates back to 1898 when the motion pictures were first showcased to the public in Seoul. The fist person ever to create a film in Korea was Burton Holmes, a traveler and lecturer of American origin (KYOUNG-LAE KANG, 2008). Soon after the origin of this form of media entertainment in Korea, the theater Dongdaemun Motion Picture Studio was established in 1903 by Pak Sung-pil who was a keep supporter of Films. In the 1920’s, the era which later became to be popularly known as “The Golden Era of Silent Films “, most of the Korean film studios were being operated by people of Japanese origin. The concept of ‘Silent Films’ was very popular at that time and the first ever Silent Film named ‘ Arirang ‘ was created by Na Woon-gyu (John A.Lent, 1985). With the success of silent films the next challenge was to make films more appealing and entertaining to the Korean audience and develop Sound films, the first sound film developed in Korea named Chunhyang-jeon was directed by Lee Myeong and released in the year 1935 (Sue Jin Lee, 2011) .