!!! NAM KI NAM is Korean ED-WOOD !!!
There's ED-WOOD in America. And here's NAM KI NAM in Korea.
There are tons of LOW-BUDGET movies all over the world, and most of them suck very much. But, you might know that how many BIG-BUDGET movies suck.(For example, American [GODZILLA]!!!) Of course, sometime I go to near theatre and enjoy seeing BIG-BUDGET movies, but if it is another HUGE-SIZED TRASH, I'm eagerly to blame its director and production very much.
LOW-BUDGET or BIG-BUDGET or even NO-BUDGET doesn't matter at all. It does matter if that movie is funny, enjoyable and full of interesting thing or not.
NAM KI NAM is very unfamous for his LOW-BUDGET movie making in Korea. In fact, he's made movies from 1970's, and over 100 movies. (For 26 years, made 104 movies!!!)
At 1970's in Korea, there was a rule that movie-marketting company must make 5 movies to export foreign movies. NAM started making movies fast, low-budget, and cheesy. Producers call for him when December comes. He could make 2-3 movies at once, within a week!!! You might know RAY SHIM, who is the owner of ZERO-NINE PRODUCTION. In fact, he started movies with Dir. NAM and SHIM learned lots of things from NAM. They made some YOUNG-GOO type movies, and it became a stereotype of Korean b-movies. And to his glory, some of his movies earned lots of money at that time! ([YOUNG-GOO AND TTANGCHILI] is the best sold-out movie in Korea till now, over 2 million people saw that movie in theatre.)
I hope you could get some infos about NAM from this site, and was happy to see something about him. ^_^
CHUN NYUN HWAN SAENG : His latest ghost movie!!! Made in 1996, and seen in 1998 summer. He is still making cheesy movie.
PUMBA & PUMBA WHO CAME LAST YEAR : They are the first movies that
RAY SHIM and NAM KI NAM worked together, and RAY SHIM debut movie!
YOUNG-GOO AND TTANGCHILI : It hits best in Korea (2 million came to see!) and one of his best work with RAY SHIM!
PYOUNG YANG MAEN BAL & PIYANG BAKCHIGI: Another good work from NAM KI NAM. You would see LEE JOO IL, who's one of the best Korean comedian, uses his head to head-butt!
From <Cine 21> (1998. 07. 1st week) : It is interview with NAM in Korean weekly movie magazine <CINE 21>. It is written in Korean and I summarized and translated it by myself. This article is worth to see and the only thing for him.