We’ve all heard of the first video to reach 1 billion views on YouTube. Yes, you’ve guessed it, in 2012, PSY, a South Korean singer has hit internationally by his song Gangnam Style, which was our favorite for a certain time, till it just got annoying because it was just heard everywhere, nonetheless, Gangnam Style was very amusing but ” forget PSY, he’s just a drip on the massive iceberg that is Korean music, film and TV, stated on PolicyMic.
South Korea is a major power house, according to PolicyMic. Korean music, film, and TV, are not only popular within the country, but also domestically, being an entertainment center for China, Japan, and other southeast Asian countries.
Not only is South Korea quickly expanding domestically, but it has also reached international levels, supplying the middle east with entertainment of their famous Dramas, according to InAGlobal.
Although Hollywood may seem to influence other parts of the world in the film industry, there has been works that have been very much influenced by South Korean style of films.
South Korea has been struggling to get across internationally, but as soon as PSY hit the market, Hollywood has very much noticed the Korean influence, with movies made in Hollywood such as Stoker and The last stand, depicts styles of Korean film of the so popular Korean film director, Park Chan-Wook. With Chan-Wook’s work hitting Hollywood, according to the Washington Post, the Korean industry is expanding wider and wider, as the US takes on South Korean style of horror, suspense, action, and dramas. Not only is Chan-Wook alone being noticed, but many other South Korean directors, such as Kim Ji-Woon, Kim Ki-Duk, Bong Joon-Ho, Hong Sang-Soo and Lee Chang-Dong, have become visible in Europe and US in recent years.
According to PolicyMic, South Korea has set at rules to 40% of all films shown in the country need to be domestic, resulting in a major change in profit in the past 10 years with Korean films having outstripped foreign films in terms of box office revenue and ticket sales. In 2012 alone, domestic films earned $44 million whereas foreign films brought in $35 million.
Hollywood influence has not been much on the South Korean film industry. In an interview by NY Times to director Chan-Wook, he stated, “The commonality could be that compared with how bold we are in terms of subject matter. We are more classical in our style of filmmaking. In other words, we don’t follow trends, and we’re not dictated by trends. It’s not to say necessarily that’s what we can offer to American films, but how we are different, maybe that’s one way.” They may not follow trends, but their trends are definitely being followed as young Korean directors rise on the US and international market, and although US Hollywood has not been following Korean trends, in the near future, that may be subject to change.