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Planet Hallyuwood's Political Vulnerabilities: Censuring the Expression of Satire in The President's Last Bang (2005)

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Abstract


  • South Korea's cinema has recently enjoyed a Golden Age that

    has opened up new spaces for creative and cultural expression

    in Korea and probably in the larger Asia-Pacific region.

    Domestic market share of local films, lucrative pre-sales, a

    robust screen quota and fresh genre-bending narratives and

    styles have attracted admiration in Korea and abroad. However,

    since its peak of success in late 2005 and early 2006, extreme

    competition between domestic films, piracy and illegal

    downloading, halving of the screen quota and the erosion of

    ancillary markets have impacted on the industry's ability to

    sustain vitality and profitability. Among the challenges facing

    the next decade of growth in the Asia-Pacific is 'censorship'

    which was supposed to have been eliminated in Korea in 1996

    by a change in government policy. A case study of Im Sang-

    soo's The President's Last Bang (2005) illustrates how a

    representative 386 Generation filmmaker has encountered and

    resisted startling attempts to suppress freedom of expression. A

    theoretical framework for exposing and opposing intimidation

    in defamation and censorship struggles is applied to this case,

    and the methods used by each side to attain their goals are

    analyzed. It is hoped this analysis will stimulate a deeper

    understanding of how Korea;s nascent national cinema engages

    with sensitive social issues as part of its transformation from a

    national to a supranational cinema, or what we might call

    'Planet Hallyuwood' - the fusing of Hallyu (Korean Wave) and

    Hollywood.

Publication Date


  • 2008

Citation


  • Yecies, B. 2008, ''Planet Hallyuwood''s Political Vulnerabilities: Censuring the Expression of Satire in The President''s Last Bang (2005)'', International Review of Korean Studies, vol. 5, no. 1, pp. 37-64.

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1408&context=artspapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/artspapers/396

Number Of Pages


  • 27

Start Page


  • 37

End Page


  • 64

Volume


  • 5

Issue


  • 1

Abstract


  • South Korea's cinema has recently enjoyed a Golden Age that

    has opened up new spaces for creative and cultural expression

    in Korea and probably in the larger Asia-Pacific region.

    Domestic market share of local films, lucrative pre-sales, a

    robust screen quota and fresh genre-bending narratives and

    styles have attracted admiration in Korea and abroad. However,

    since its peak of success in late 2005 and early 2006, extreme

    competition between domestic films, piracy and illegal

    downloading, halving of the screen quota and the erosion of

    ancillary markets have impacted on the industry's ability to

    sustain vitality and profitability. Among the challenges facing

    the next decade of growth in the Asia-Pacific is 'censorship'

    which was supposed to have been eliminated in Korea in 1996

    by a change in government policy. A case study of Im Sang-

    soo's The President's Last Bang (2005) illustrates how a

    representative 386 Generation filmmaker has encountered and

    resisted startling attempts to suppress freedom of expression. A

    theoretical framework for exposing and opposing intimidation

    in defamation and censorship struggles is applied to this case,

    and the methods used by each side to attain their goals are

    analyzed. It is hoped this analysis will stimulate a deeper

    understanding of how Korea;s nascent national cinema engages

    with sensitive social issues as part of its transformation from a

    national to a supranational cinema, or what we might call

    'Planet Hallyuwood' - the fusing of Hallyu (Korean Wave) and

    Hollywood.

Publication Date


  • 2008

Citation


  • Yecies, B. 2008, ''Planet Hallyuwood''s Political Vulnerabilities: Censuring the Expression of Satire in The President''s Last Bang (2005)'', International Review of Korean Studies, vol. 5, no. 1, pp. 37-64.

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1408&context=artspapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/artspapers/396

Number Of Pages


  • 27

Start Page


  • 37

End Page


  • 64

Volume


  • 5

Issue


  • 1