Korean ‘Baseball and Cinema’ Streams Free at New York Asian Film Festival
It has been a winning year for Korean baseball and cinema. Korean cinema gained new visibility in the US when Bong Joon-ho’s film Parasite swept the Oscars and now Korean baseball games air on ESPN.
With the return of spring, US baseball fans naturally longed for the season’s first game, but this year, due to concerns over the coronavirus, the wait took much longer than usual. With US-based games delayed, the first baseball games many fans saw in 2020 were being televised from South Korea. Often staying up late to catch games live, US baseball fans had the opportunity to learn a lot more about South Korean teams such as the Samsung Lions and the NC Dinos.
The growing awareness of Korean cinema and baseball have inspired a Baseball and Cinema online festival, a selection of films that will be streamed for free by the Korean Cultural Center New York (KCCNY) and the New York Asian Film Festival (NYAFF).