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The Unbearable Sadness of Being Korean
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Im Kwon Taek may be the most famous director you've never heard of. Dubbed the godfather of Korean cinema, he's often met overseas with polite, confused smiles that say: Oh, Korea has a modern film industry? The ignorance is starting to clear now that the 66-year-old has picked up a Best Director award at the Cannes Film Festival for his latest film, Chihwaseon , a tale of artistry, alcohol and political turmoil set in 19th century Korea. But Im is still surprised to encounter respect from non-Koreans. "You want to interview me?" he asks, his weathered face breaking into a smile. "Well,...