Help me find Korean pop culture
September 23, 2012 3:06 PM Subscribe
I'm starting a Korean class next week, and I'd like to get a broader exposure to modern Korean media.
posted by Merzbau to media & arts (12 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
I want to get more exposure to the sound of spoken Korean, but also learn about Korean pop culture in the process (not K-pop, but the broader media landscape of film, music, etc). Right now it's mostly genre films:
Most of Chan-Wook Park's films (Joint Security Area, Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance, Oldboy, Sympathy for Lady Vengeance, I'm A Cyborg But That's OK, Thirst)
Ditto Bong Joon-Ho (Barking Dogs Never Bite, Memories of Murder, The Host, Mother)
A few Kim Ji-Woon films (A Tale of Two Sisters; The Good, The Bad, The Weird; I Saw the Devil)
Save the Green Planet
Some uncategorizable stuff (the bizarro animated movie Aachi & Ssipak, Kim Jong-Il's juche kaiju movie Pulgasari)
There's a surprisingly huge selection of Korean melodramas/soap operas on Hulu, but I'm not really sure which if any are entertaining in their own right for someone largely unfamiliar with the larger cultural context.
By all means, feel free to suggest stuff outside of film/TV/music so long as it's relatively accessible- I'm willing to try pretty much anything.