Hallyu Hits: Korean Films that Moved the World

In celebration of our exhibition “Hallyu! The Korean Wave,” join us in exploring some of South Korea’s greatest auteurs and their films that sent shockwaves around the globe.

The cinema of South Korea is as charged and turbulent as the nation’s recent past. After enjoying a golden age of successful melodramas following the nation's liberation from Japanese rule in 1945, a new government enforced strict censorship on the film industry from the 1960s until the pro-democracy movement of 1987 forced reforms. Finally able to express themselves freely, Korean filmmakers infused their works with searing emotions built up from decades of suppression. Beginning in the late 1990s, this creative thaw blossomed into a full-blown renaissance—known as the Korean New Wave. Since then, South Korean cinema has become a salient driver of the globalization of Korean culture at large, a phenomenon known as hallyu.

As varied as the films are, some unifying themes have emerged within the Korean New Wave: tales of vengeance (Oldboy, Poetry), romantic longing and obsession (Burning), class conflict (Parasite; Snowpiercer; Train to Busan), and echoes of film noir.

Our first batch of screenings goes on sale April 9, and you can check back for additional films and showtimes throughout the spring. When you’re done watching, head to “Hallyu! The Korean Wave” to look for the seeds of these stories in Korea’s culture and history.

Stories from the Korean Diaspora

Catch award-winning films, like Past Lives and Minari, from and about the Korean diaspora community that are screening alongside “Hallyu Hits.”

See Films

Upcoming Events

Film

May 25, 2024
2:30 pm–4:45 pm

Directed by Lee Chang-dong (South Korea and France, 2010, 139 min.). Korean with English subtitles.

Film

May 30, 2024
7:00 pm–9:00 pm

Directed by Yeon Sang-ho (South Korea, 2016, 118 min.) Korean, Hawaiian, and English with English subtitles.

Film

May 31, 2024
7:00 pm–9:15 pm

Directed by Bong Joon-ho (South Korea and Czech Republic, 2013, 126 min.) English and Korean with English subtitles.

Film

June 8, 2024
2:30 pm–4:15 pm

Directed by Kang Je-gyu (South Korea, 2023, 113 min.). Korean, English, and Japanese with English subtitles.

Film

June 9, 2024
2:30 pm–4:00 pm

Directed by Kim Do-young (South Korea, 2019, 118 min.). Korean with English subtitles.

Film

June 14, 2024
7:00 pm–9:15 pm

Directed by Bong Joon-ho (South Korea, 2019, 132 min.). Korean with English subtitles.

Past Events

Film

May 19, 2024
2:30 pm–4:45 pm

Directed by Bong Joon-ho (South Korea, 2019, 132 min.). Korean with English subtitles.

Film

May 18, 2024
2:00 pm–4:30 pm

Directed by Lee Chang-dong (South Korea and Japan, 2018, 148 min.). Korean with English subtitles.

Film

May 16, 2024
7:00 pm–9:00 pm

Directed by Park Chan-wook (South Korea, 2003, 120 min.). Korean with English subtitles.

Stories from the Korean Diaspora

Catch these award-winning films from and about the Korean diaspora community that are screening alongside “Hallyu Hits.”

Film

Nam June Paik: Moon is the Oldest TV

June 1, 2024
2:30 pm–4:15 pm
In Person
Film

Minari

June 2, 2024
2:30 pm–4:30 pm
In Person
Film

Past Lives

June 6, 2024
7:00 pm–8:45 pm
In Person
Film

Spa Night

June 13, 2024
7:30 pm–9:00 pm
In Person