Martial arts craze in Korea : Cultural translation of martial arts film and literature in the 1960s

Sangjoon LEE*

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In 1966, the 13th Asian Film Festival (AFF) was held in Seoul, Korea.1 As the first inter-Asian film organization in the region, the Federation of Motion Picture Producer’s Association of Asia (FPA) began in 1953 under the lead of Japanese film executive, Nagata Masaichi, president of Daiei studio, who went on a tour of Southeast Asia and met film executives in the region, which resulted in the formation of FPA on 17 November 1953. A year later, FPA’s annual event, the Southeast Asian Film Festival, which was renamed the Asian Film Festival in 1956, was held in Tokyo’s Kaikan on 8 May 1954. Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Thailand, the Philippines, and Malaysia participated in the inaugural event. The Asian Film Festival was, unlike other nation-bound and/or European-origin international film festivals, to be hosted neither in a single city nor a country; instead, it adopted a peripatetic system that allows it to move from country to country each year and no member country is allowed to accommodate the festival for two consecutive years.2 From the beginning, the Asian Film Festival was not a conventional film festival per se, but a regional alliance summit among Asian film executives, predominantly Nagata Masaichi, Run Run Shaw (Hong Kong), Shin Sang-ok (Korea), and Henry Gong Hong (Taiwan).
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEast Asian Cinema and Cultural Heritage : From China, Hong Kong, Taiwan to Japan and South Korea
EditorsShuk-ting Kinnia YAU
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages23
ISBN (Electronic)9780230339507
ISBN (Print)9780230116955
Publication statusPublished - 24 Oct 2011
Externally publishedYes


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