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Post-burden or new burden Korean cinema?: outside looking in at the latest Golden Age, 1996-?

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Abstract


  • This work-in-progress examines the paradoxical nature of what I call Koreas post-burden cinema a present-day film industry that has survived Japanese colonialism, American occupation, civil war, prolonged dictatorship, rapid industrialization, economic crisis and severe censorship. For nearly a century filmmakers have learned and practised their trade under these challenging social, political, cultural, economic and industrial constraints, and outlived them. This paper uses a case study of The President's Last Bang to illustrate the divergent freedoms that have enabled representative commercial, art-house, independent and animation filmmakers to transcend national and cultural borders by telling previouslyforbidden stories and breathing a universal but distinctive Korean-ness into their narratives and characters. Yet, although it backfired, the startling censorship in 2005 of Im Sang-soos The President's Last Bang points to a new set of burdens confronting the national film industrys future.

Publication Date


  • 2007

Citation


  • Yecies, B. (2007). Post-burden or new burden Korean cinema?: outside looking in at the latest Golden Age, 1996-?. In K. Shin & H. Chang (Eds.), Enlightening Korea: Converging or Diverging? Proceedings of the 5th Biannual KSAA Conference (pp. 75-80). Perth, WA: Korean Studies Association of Australasia.

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  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1404&context=artspapers

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  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/artspapers/392

Start Page


  • 75

End Page


  • 80

Place Of Publication


  • Perth, WA

Abstract


  • This work-in-progress examines the paradoxical nature of what I call Koreas post-burden cinema a present-day film industry that has survived Japanese colonialism, American occupation, civil war, prolonged dictatorship, rapid industrialization, economic crisis and severe censorship. For nearly a century filmmakers have learned and practised their trade under these challenging social, political, cultural, economic and industrial constraints, and outlived them. This paper uses a case study of The President's Last Bang to illustrate the divergent freedoms that have enabled representative commercial, art-house, independent and animation filmmakers to transcend national and cultural borders by telling previouslyforbidden stories and breathing a universal but distinctive Korean-ness into their narratives and characters. Yet, although it backfired, the startling censorship in 2005 of Im Sang-soos The President's Last Bang points to a new set of burdens confronting the national film industrys future.

Publication Date


  • 2007

Citation


  • Yecies, B. (2007). Post-burden or new burden Korean cinema?: outside looking in at the latest Golden Age, 1996-?. In K. Shin & H. Chang (Eds.), Enlightening Korea: Converging or Diverging? Proceedings of the 5th Biannual KSAA Conference (pp. 75-80). Perth, WA: Korean Studies Association of Australasia.

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1404&context=artspapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/artspapers/392

Start Page


  • 75

End Page


  • 80

Place Of Publication


  • Perth, WA