The Korean Film Archive, also known as the Korean Federation of Film Archives, is a film archive in Seoul, South Korea. It is the only film archive in the country with a nationwide coverage. Founded in 1974, it is a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving and promoting film and filmmaking in South Korea. The collection includes over eight million films and is a valuable asset for any film buff. Visitors to Seoul can visit this archive to view and learn more about Korean films, including those of popular and historical interest.
The Korean Film Archive offers more than 400 free films to its online audience. Moreover, the Korean Film Archive frequently posts selections of its catalog on its Korean Movie Database. The most recent selections include anti-communist spy thriller films made in the 1950s to 1970s. Previous selections include heartwarming classical movies and melodramas about women. Registration is free, but the videos are available for viewing on the Korean Film Archive’s Youtube channel.
While Korean cinema has always been an important cultural export, it is often associated with a distinct unhollywood flavor. This is a common misconception that makes it hard to enjoy Korean movies. However, the majority of the films screened in the Korean Film Archive are free and have English subtitles. In addition to the collection, the Korean Film Archive also hosts a YouTube channel that features nearly two hundred free movies. Those who are not able to attend a screening are encouraged to watch their videos at home.