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S. Korean movie industry to celebrate centennial in Oct.

All Headlines 13:18 April 17, 2019

SEOUL, April 17 (Yonhap) -- To celebrate the centennial birth of Korean movies, the local movie industry is rolling up its sleeves to hold a series of events and festivals in October.

The Korean film history began when "Righteous Revenge" by Kim Do-san premiered at the Dansungsa movie theater in central Seoul on Oct. 27, 1919, now called Korean Film Day.

Organizers from the Korean Film Council said Wednesday the festival will take place at Gwanghwamun Plaza in the city center on the 100th birthday, along with exhibitions and music concerts.

Organizers of the centennial birth of the Korean film industry hold a press conference in Seoul on April 17, 2019. (Yonhap)

The event's main theme will be the memories of the first Korean movie as visitors can watch performances motivated by the film and see a re-enactment of the filming of the movie.

At the same time, organizers said 100 videos that are 100 seconds long each directed by 100 leading Korean movie directors will be released through YouTube one by one for the 100 days leading up to Oct. 27.

To commemorate key events and figures of the Korean film industry, documentaries, books and a biographical dictionary will be created, with commemorative stamps to be issued.

They also said they have plans to find the film of some now lost movies, including "Late Autumn" by director Lee Man-hee and "Arirang" by Na Woon-gyu, and restore them digitally.


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