Korean Cinema Retrospective, the Busan Film Festival’s signature program that spotlights classic Korean filmmakers, gave belated recognition to genre film master Lee Doo-yong.
Best known for his Taekwondo action films and erotic satire comedy series “Mulberry,” Lee rose
to fame in South Korea in mid-1970’s. Along with Im Kwon-taek, Lee was one of the very few Korean filmmakers in the 1980’s who were known internationally—he went to Venice with “The Hut” and to Cannes with “Spinning Tales of Cruelty Towards Woman.”
Though his name has largely been forgotten by the new generation filmmaking field in recent years, some of Korea’s prominent filmmakers including Park Chan-wook
(“The Handmaiden”), Ryoo Seung-wan (“Veteran”) and Oh Seung-uk (“The Shameless”) have paid attention to Lee’s films and praised his acute editing skills and masculine action sequences.
Invited to speak on the stage at the Korean Cinema Retrospective Night party, the