Shin Sang-Ok, Prince of Korean Cinema, leading the desire of the masses"

Born in 1926 in Chungjin of Northern Hamkyung Province, which is located in the northestern part of the Korean Peninsula and under North Korea rule now, Shin Sang-Ok went to Japan and attended the Tokyo Art School. He returned to Korea three years later and started his film career with a production design job on Choi In-Kyu's "Viva Freedom," the first movie made after Korea achieved independence from Japan.

Considered to be the "prince" of Korean cinema, Shin Sang-Ok began to establish his career in the 1960s, a "golden period" of Korean cinema, during which more than 200 films were produced each year. From 1960 to 1970, Shin Sang-Ok made at least two films each year, and his Shin Film Company produced about 300 films in the decade.

Although most of the 20 films Shin Sang-Ok made in the 1970s were flops, he is still determined to contribute his expertise to Korean cinema. Like Fritz Lang and Charlie Chaplin, Shin Sang-Ok has never lost his passion for filmmaking, even though it has often been challenged by huge waves of socio-political changes.

    Shin sang-Ok's North Korean Films
    The Melodramas of Shin Sang-Ok: Modernity and Defiant Female Subjectivity
    The Cinematic World of Shin Sang-Ok
    Interview with Shin Sang-Ok
    Shin Sang-Ok Biography

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