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We did have a time when an action genre that could have been considered a Korean-style Western became very popular. There was a phase that ran from mid 1960’s to early 1970’s when action films were very popular in the Korean movie industry. This is when a wide variety of action movies were produced.
In the early ‘60s, war/military movies and thriller movies that reflected a noir influence set in the back alleys were in vogue. Toward the mid ‘60s, action films become a more structure genre of their own. These movies were most likely influenced heavily by foreign movies that were introduced into Korea at the time. Three major films were introduced in 1965 and 1966, all of which were big box office hits. In 1965, the ‘007 Series’ began showing. < From Russia with Love> and < Dr. No> both released in 1965 rank 1st and 2nd in the box office, bringing in 880,000 audiences in the country. In 1966, a martial arts film from Hong Kong, < Come Drink with Me>, and a macaroni Western movie, < A Fistful of Dollars>, were screened. As a result, the ‘007 Series’ created a demand for spy action movies just as < Come Drink with Me> did so for swordfighter movies.
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