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YouTube Channel Lets You Watch Classic Korean Films For Free In Wake Of Parasite's Oscars Success

Amelia Ward

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YouTube Channel Lets You Watch Classic Korean Films For Free In Wake Of Parasite's Oscars Success

After the success of Korean film Parasite at last night's Oscars, you'll be pleased to know there's a YouTube channel that lets you watch the country's classics for free.

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Having won Best Picture at the 92nd Academy Awards, the film may well have given you a glimpse into the world of Korean cinema - if it has, then The Korean Film Archive's YouTube channel is just what you need.

The official channel of the organisation is dedicated to 'Korean Film', meaning everyone has access to the country's cinematic output. It also includes remastered versions of popular favourites.

Although you won't find the likes of Park Chan-wook's Oldboy or The Handmaiden on there, some titles include Chang-ho Lee's experimental drama The Man With Three Coffins, Lee Jang-ho's Between the Knees (as the title suggests, it a bit NSFW), and Im Kwon-taek's critically acclaimed The Surrogate Woman.

Still from Im Kwon-tae's The Surrogate Woman. Credit: Shin Han Films
Still from Im Kwon-tae's The Surrogate Woman. Credit: Shin Han Films

Shown on the channel are films that date as far back as the 1940s, and includes movies from Korea's Golden Age of cinema, which dates from the mid-1950s to the early 1970s. Unless you are fluent in Korean, don't forget to bang the subtitles on.

Bong Joon-ho made history at the Oscars, scooping four awards for his film Parasite, which became the first non-English language movie to win Best Picture. He also won the awards for Best Director, Best International Feature Film and Best Original Screenplay.

Taking to the stage with the rest of the team, producer Kwak Sin-ae said: "We never imagined this to ever happen. We are so happy. I feel like a very opportune moment in history is happening right now."

The psychological thriller - which was released in South Korea in May 2019 - stars Song Kang-ho, Lee Sun-kyun, Cho Yeo-jeong, Choi Woo-shik and Park So-dam.

It follows the Kim family, who are struggling to make ends meet while they slum it in a small basement apartment.

When one of them finds work with the much wealthier Park family as a tutor, the rest of the family decide to de-camp and infiltrate the Parks' home. Needless to say, that does not go too well for them.

Featured Image Credit: CJ Entertainment

Topics: Entertainment, TV and Film, Academy Awards, Oscars

Amelia Ward
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