Kim Ki Young

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  • Native name: 김기영
  • Nationality: South Korean
  • Gender: Male
  • Born: October 1, 1919
  • Died: February 5, 1998

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Kim Ki Young

  • Name: Kim Ki Young
  • Native name: 김기영
  • Nationality: South Korean
  • Gender: Male
  • Born: October 1, 1919
  • Died: February 5, 1998
Kim Ki-young (October 1, 1919 – February 5, 1998) was a South Korean film director, known for his intensely psychosexual and melodramatic horror films, often focusing on the psychology of their female characters. Kim was born in Seoul during the colonial period, raised in Pyongyang, where he became interested in theater and cinema. In Korea after the end of World War II, he studied dentistry while becoming involved in the theater. During the Korean War, he made propaganda films for the United States Information Service. In 1955, he used discarded movie equipments to produce his first two films. With the success of these two films Kim formed his own production company and produced popular melodramas for the rest of the decade.

Kim Ki-young's first expression of his mature style was in his The Housemaid (1960), which featured a powerful femme fatale character. It is widely considered to be one of the best Korean films of all time. After a "Golden Age" during the 1960s, the 1970s were a low-point in the history of Korean cinema because of governmental censorship and a decrease in audience attendance. Nevertheless, working independently, Kim produced some of his most eccentric cinematic creations in this era. Films such as Insect Woman (1972) and Iodo (1977) were successful at the time and highly influential on the younger generations of South Korean filmmakers both at their time of release, and with their rediscovery years later. By the 1980s, Kim's popularity had gone into decline, and his output decreased in the second half of the decade. Neglected by the mainstream during much of the 1990s, Kim became a cult figure in South Korean film Internet forums in the early 1990s. Widespread international interest in his work was stimulated by a career retrospective at the 1997 Pusan International Film Festival. Kim's films, previously little-known or totally unknown outside South Korea, were shown and gained enthusiastic new audiences in the United States, Germany, France and elsewhere. He was preparing a come-back film when he and his wife were killed in a house fire in 1998. The Berlin International Film Festival gave Kim a posthumous retrospective in 1998, and the French Cinémathèque screened 18 of Kim's films, some newly rediscovered and restored, in 2006. Through the efforts of the Korean Film Council (KOFIC), previously lost films by Kim Ki-young continue to be rediscovered and restored. Many current prominent South Korean filmmakers, including directors Im Sang-soo, Kim Ki-duk, Bong Joon-ho and Park Chan-wook, claim Kim Ki-young as an influence on their careers.


Source: Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kim_Ki-young)
Director
Year Title Type Rating
1979 A Woman After a Killer Butterfly
Movie
5.0
1977 Io Island
Movie
8.2
1975 Promise of the Flesh
Movie
5.0
Screenwriter & Director
Year Title Type Rating
1985 Carnivorous Animal
Movie
0.0
1982 The Woman of Fire '82
Movie
7.0
1979 Water Lady
Movie
5.0
1974 Transgression
Movie
0.0
1972 Insect Woman
Movie
0.0
1971 Woman of Fire
Movie
8.0
1968 Woman
Movie
0.0
1960 The Housemaid
Movie
7.6
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