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.
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The Cinematic World of Shin Sang-Ok
Interview with Shin Sang-Ok
Shin Sang-Ok Biography
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