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About Darcy Paquet, Molly Kim, and Kyu Hyun Kim

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Influenced by Hong Kong action films from the 1970s, Ryoo Seung-wan's thrilling films feature fast-paced plots and well-choreographed action scenes. His 2015 film, Veteran, sold more than 13 million tickets and is the fourth all-time highest-grossing film in Korean cinema history. Notable for bringing attention to pertinent social issues such as corruption and social inequality, Ryoo is a central figure in the thriving Korean film industry, attracting South Korea’s best actors for his films.

Darcy Paquet, an IU alumnus with a master’s degree in applied linguistics, is one of South Korea’s most prominent film critics and the creator of the website koreanfilm.org. He moved to Korea in 1997 to teach English at Korea University but became fascinated with Korean cinema and made it his life’s work. He also teaches classes on cinema at Kyung Hee University and Korea University and does freelance subtitle and screenplay translation, as well as radio and television work. In addition to his film criticism, Paquet has written extensively on the Korean film industry with pieces featured in Screen, Variety, and the Korean film weekly Cine 21.

Kyu Hyun Kim, associate professor in the Department of History at UC Davis, received a PhD from the History and East Asian Languages Program at Harvard University. His research includes early modern and modern Japanese history, colonial modernity in East Asia, modern Korean history, Japanese popular culture, and Japanese and Korean cinema.

Molly Kim earned a BA in Communication and Culture at Indiana University before moving on to receive a PhD in Communications with a focus on Korean Cinema at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She is currently teaching Korean film history and film theory at the University of Suwon, Korea. She also works as a film critic and programmer at film festivals including International Martial Arts and Action Film Festival in Korea.

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