Name Yu Hyun-mok
McCune–Reischauer Yu Hyon-mok
Role Film director
|Died June 28, 2009, Ilsan-gu, South Korea|
Spouse Park Geun-ja (m. 1958–2009)
Awards Grand Bell Award for Best Director
Movies Obaltan, The Daughters of Kim's P, Robot Taekwon V, Guests Who Arrived o, An Empty Dream
Similar People Kim Jin‑kyu, Kim Ki‑young, Choi Moo‑ryong, Shin Seong‑il, Soo‑yong Kim
Revised Romanization Yu Hyeon-mok
rainy season 1979
Yu Hyun-mok (July 2, 1925 – June 28, 2009) was a South Korean film director. Born in Sariwon, Hwanghae, Korea (North Korea today), he made his film debut in 1956 with Gyocharo (Crossroads). According to the website koreanfilm.org, his 1961 film Obaltan "has repeatedly been voted the best Korean film of all time in local critics' polls." Yu attended the San Francisco International Film Festival in 1963, where Variety called Obaltan a "remarkable film", and praised Yu's "[b]rilliantly detailed camera" and the film's "probing sympathy and rich characterizations."
His dedication to the intellectual side of film and interest in using film to deal with social and political issues led him to have difficulties both with box-office-oriented producers, and with Korea's military government during the 1960s and 1970s. Korean critics have said his directing style is "in the tradition of the Italian Neorealists," yet "the terms 'modernist' or 'expressionistic' [are] just as applicable to his works."
Besides his directing activities, he has taught film, and made a significant contribution to Korean animation by producing Kim Cheong-gi's 1976 animated film, Robot Taekwon V. A retrospective of Yu's career was held at the 4th Pusan International Film Festival in 1999.
Yu died from a stroke on June 28, 2009.