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Exporting homegrown pop culture has become something of an art in South Korea, as K-pop and K-dramas seduce foreign markets from South East Asia to Latin America. The phenomenon has its own name: “Hallyu”, which loosely translates as “The Korean Wave”. In recent years Korean cinema has become a more high-brow ambassador for the country’s artistic output, with directors like Park Chan-Wook and Bong Joon-ho scooping awards at international film festivals.
Kim Ki-duk was the first Korean filmmaker to pick up prizes at festivals in Cannes, Berlin and Venice. Olivia Salazar-Winspear sits down with him to talk about the challenges of tackling political issues on the big screen. And we head outside of Seoul to check out a K-drama shoot: these television series are bringing South Korean actors and South Korean stories to living rooms across the world.
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The Cannes Festival, until 2003 called the International Film Festival and known in English as the Cannes Film Festival, is an annual film festival held in Cannes, France, which previews new films of all genres, including documentaries, from all around the world.