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Tongju =: Dongju: The Portrait of a Poet

Follows the life of poet Yun Dongju and his eventual imprisonment by the Japanese government for being involved in the Korean independence movement.
Clemons (By Request)

Myŏngnyang =: The Admiral : Roaring Currents

"The story of Korean history's most astonishing military victory by its greatly revered strategist, Admiral Yi Sunshin, who lures over 300 Japanese ships into a deadly trap where they meet their fate against only 13 battle ships."--Korean Movie Database (KMDb).
Clemons (Stacks)


Set during the seizure of the throne by Sejo of Joseon in the year 1455, the movie follows the life of Nae-Kyung. Nae-Kyung, the son of a ruined noble family, goes all around Joseon and studies physiognomy. He is able to assess the personality, mental state and habits of a person by looking at someone's face. Because of his abilities, he gets involved in a power struggle between Prince Sooyang and Kim Jong-Seo.
2014; 2013
Clemons (Stacks)

The Big Picture [electronic resource]: Atrocities in Korea

This classic episode of the U.S. Army's The Big Picture television series delves into a documented report of Communist atrocities in Korea, with scenes depicting the horror and brutality of Communism. This video from the National Archives and Records Administration includes interviews with returned prisoners of war who were eye witnesses to some of these atrocities and Major General William Dean and General Mark W. Clark.

The Big Picture [electronic resource]: A Day in Korea

This episode of the U.S. Army's The Big Picture television series compares the lives of individuals in the United States to the lives of soldiers on the front lines in Korea in an effort to bring the two groups closer together. This video from the National Archives and Records Administation shows fighting despite truce talks as well as the serious need for men and machines.

The Big Picture [electronic resource]: Third Korean Winter

Produced by the U.S. Army, this episode of the Big Picture television series depicts the many aspects of a U.S. soldiers' daily life in the Korean War zone during the winter period of 1952-53. Signal Corps combat cameramen provide viewers with a comprehensive account of activities during this period of operations, including scenes of an American patrol leaving and returning to its unit, religious services at the front, and the heroic efforts of our combat medics and front line soldiers receiving hot rations from mess units. With footage from the National Archives and Records Administration, this informative video gives an inside look at what a soldier had to go through during this winter period.

Discovering the Art of Korea [electronic resource]

A definitive survey of Korean art and culture, this program spans the ages from 3000 B.C. to the 20th century. Views of burial mounds, temples, ancient cities, and other historical sites are interwoven with footage of recovered art treasures such as gold crowns and jewelry, celadon pottery, landscape and genre paintings, and Buddhist relics including the gilt bronze Maitreya (Buddha of the Future). The program also shows art objects from the National Museum of Korea exhibition: 5000 years of Korean Art.

The Big Picture [electronic resource]: Korean Wind-Up

This episode of the U.S. Army's The Big Picture television series is a capsule chronology of the Korean War. The film, from the National Archives and Records Administration, captures the true reactions of the battle-torn Gis to the Korean truce by interviewing many prisoners of war. These prisoners discuss their feelings about the truce and the war situation at the time of their capture.

The Big Picture [electronic resource]: Armed Forces Assistance to Korea

This episode of the U.S. Army's The Big Picture television series depicts American soldiers lending a helping hand to war-torn Korea. America's informal gesture to assist Korea is shown as mushrooming into a big, organized program for the rehabilitation of certain areas of Korean life, known as Armed Forces Assistance to Korea or AFAK. In this video from the National Archives and Records Administration American soldiers are shown helping Korea in the aftermath of war, demonstrating how willingness and cooperation can overcome obstacles in helping a country make a comeback.

Korea [electronic resource]: Globe Trekker

Ian Wright starts his journey of South Korea in the capital, Seoul. This Globe Trekker video follows him as he wanders the Kyongdong market, practices Tae Kwon-Do with the national team, trains with the Woman's Olympic team, visits the North-South Korean border, and ventures to Jinbu to seek serenity with the Buddha and see the Woljeongsa temple, which dates back to 545 AD. In Hahoe, a six-hundred year-old working village, Ian learns about ancient ways of life and visits a remote monastery where monks practice martial arts. In Busan, a Russian town on the southeast coast, he visits the fresh Chagalch'l Fish Market. From Busan it is possible to take a ferry ride to the Korean primary holiday destination of Cheju Island. Cheaju Island is famous for one traditional group of people, the [...]

The Silver Age [electronic resource]

Traditionally, a Japanese household contained an extended family, several generations under one roof. Now, cultural sensibilities and sweeping demographic changes have meant that young and old choose to live apart. This program examines how these factors have affected care of the elderly in a country with the longest-lived population in the world. Seniors discuss the challenge of living alone in a transformed society. Creative new arrangements are seen in a visit to an experimental home that allows friends or family to live for a time with their elderly relatives. A United Nations Production.
2006; 2001

Haiku [electronic resource]: In Basho's Footsteps

More than three centuries ago, the seminal haiku poet Matsuo Basho traveled Japan in a spiritual quest for enlightenment. In this down-to-earth program, haiku enthusiasts from around the world including award-winning haiku poet and English teacher Visnja McMaster and haiku translator Judit Vihar, professor of Japanese studies at Eotvos Lorand University, follow in the master's footsteps as they open themselves to the haiku moment at the very places where Basho himself found inspiration. Excerpts from Basho's impressions of his journey, The Narrow Road to the Deep North, are included, as are haiku written by the trip participants. The therapeutic value of haiku-writing for traumatized children and adults is also addressed.
2006; 2002

The Real Dr. Evil [electronic resource]

North Koreans call him "dear leader." President Bush calls him part of an "axis of evil." Kidnapper, terrorist, and likely nuclear tyrant also apply. This program uses extensive newsreel footage, archival materials, and exclusive interviews to create a biographical and psychological profile of Kim Jong Il in order to understand what motivates his sometimes bizarre and often tragic deeds. Interviews include former bodyguards, a former central committee member, a former North Korean spy, CIA profilers, Pentagon advisers, former U.S. Ambassador to South Korea Donald Gregg, and Selig Harrison, author of Korean Endgame.
2005; 2003

The Tale of Genji [electronic resource]

Elegant and lyrical, The Tale of Genji-written by Murasaki Shikibu, considered by many to be the world's first novelist-predates the seminal Don Quixote by an incredible 600 years. This extraordinarily beautiful program traces the plot, which centers on the romantic relationships of the noble hero Genji, through the panels of a series of illustrated hand scrolls dating from the early 12th century. The program explains both Genji's adventures and the visual effects created by the paintings, decorated paper, and calligraphy of the scrolls, making accessible to Western audiences a formative work of Japanese culture and one of the milestones of world literature.
2005; 1993

The Tokyo Trial [electronic resource]

This program presents a clear, concise, and complete history of events in the Far East from the Sino-Japanese War of 1894 through 1952. The International Military Tribunal for the Far East provides the framework for this monumental archive. The program uses the charges themselves and the evidence presented to illustrate the events: the Manchurian, Sian, China, and Nanking Incidents; the occupation of Northern Indochina; the Japanese-American negotiations in late 1941; the attack on Pearl Harbor; the Bataan Death March; the turning tide and the end of the war. The program ends with the execution of the convicted Japanese war criminals.
2007; 1988

Theater in Japan [electronic resource]: Yesterday and Today

Theater has a long history in Japan, ranging from traditional Kabuki to today's avant-garde performing arts. This program explores the cultural debate within Japan regarding traditional forms of theater and more contemporary variations, including the adaptation of Western texts such as Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard and street theater. Interviews with many of Japan's leading playwrights such as Tadeshi Suzuki and some of the country's most talented performers present an encompassing-and engrossing-overview of the modern Japanese theater scene.
2006; 1989

Bunraku [electronic resource]: Masters of Japanese Puppet Theater

Born in Osaka some 300 years ago, Japanese puppet theater-Bunraku-is a stunning yet refined spectacle. This program presents the story of Bunraku through two of its greatest masters, puppeteer Tamao Yoshida and chanter Sumitayu Takemoto. Brought together for the last performance of the 20th century, these two "Living National Treasures" transform ancient tales of old Japan into vibrant human drama. Cameras go backstage to capture the immense preparations and grueling, rarely seen rehearsals for their exquisite rendition of the masterpiece Shinju Ten no Amijima.
2006; 2001

Tsugaru Shamisen [electronic resource]: World of Michihiro Sato

Michihiro Sato is considered the finest player of the Tsugaru shamisen, a traditional three-stringed instrument of the Tsugaru province integral to Japanese folk music. This program combines live performances by Sato at the Otsu Traditional Performing Arts Center with the musician's commentary on the history and role of the shamisen player, a door-to-door minstrel of a bygone era. Sato also discusses the future of Tsugaru shamisen, such as his work with jazz and avant-garde musicians in America and Europe.
2006; 2000

Shozan Tanabe [electronic resource]: Sound of Silence

The shakuhachi, a kind of wooden flute, was introduced to Japan sometime between the 8th and 12th centuries and was used in court music as well as in Buddhist monasteries as a vehicle for enlightenment. This program features performances and discussion by Shozan Tanabe, one of Japan's most recognized players of the shakuhachi. Along with recordings of his music, Tanabe talks about the history of this instrument so often associated with the "sound of Japan.
2006; 2000

Mythical Tunes of Biwa [electronic resource]: Yoshiko Sakata

The biwa, a pear-shaped, wooden lute, is played using a triangular plectrum. With no structured tuning, the instrument is adjusted to complement the player's voice, allowing for a highly personalized music. This program showcases the sounds of one of Japan's oldest stringed instruments through performances by Yoshiko Sakata, a noted biwa player and composer who plays both traditional songs and original compositions.
2006; 2003