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Somewhere Between Anti-Heroism and Pantomime: Song Kang-ho and the Uncanny Face of the Korean Cinema

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Abstract


  • This article explores the trajectory of Song Kang-ho’s on-screen performances from the

    release of his fourth film, Number 3 (1997), to one of his most recent films, Thirst (2009).

    As a case study, it reveals new insights about this popular and representative actor’s

    numerous screen personae and how they have enabled audiences to peer into a cinematic

    surface that reflects back a mixture of anti-heroism and pantomime. Beneath the

    many costumes and performance styles he adopts, audiences have come to see a human

    being with everyday problems and concerns. In a way reminiscent of the French pantomime

    clown Pierrot, Song’s characters reflect a depth of human feeling and compassion

    modulated by a comic undercurrent—the tension between these overlapping layers is

    precisely what holds his various personae together.

Publication Date


  • 2011

Citation


  • Yecies, B. (2011). Somewhere Between Anti-Heroism and Pantomime: Song Kang-ho and the Uncanny Face of the Korean Cinema. Acta Koreana, 14 (1), 33-71.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84864739001

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1601&context=artspapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/artspapers/584

Number Of Pages


  • 38

Start Page


  • 33

End Page


  • 71

Volume


  • 14

Issue


  • 1

Place Of Publication


  • Republic of Korea

Abstract


  • This article explores the trajectory of Song Kang-ho’s on-screen performances from the

    release of his fourth film, Number 3 (1997), to one of his most recent films, Thirst (2009).

    As a case study, it reveals new insights about this popular and representative actor’s

    numerous screen personae and how they have enabled audiences to peer into a cinematic

    surface that reflects back a mixture of anti-heroism and pantomime. Beneath the

    many costumes and performance styles he adopts, audiences have come to see a human

    being with everyday problems and concerns. In a way reminiscent of the French pantomime

    clown Pierrot, Song’s characters reflect a depth of human feeling and compassion

    modulated by a comic undercurrent—the tension between these overlapping layers is

    precisely what holds his various personae together.

Publication Date


  • 2011

Citation


  • Yecies, B. (2011). Somewhere Between Anti-Heroism and Pantomime: Song Kang-ho and the Uncanny Face of the Korean Cinema. Acta Koreana, 14 (1), 33-71.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84864739001

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1601&context=artspapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/artspapers/584

Number Of Pages


  • 38

Start Page


  • 33

End Page


  • 71

Volume


  • 14

Issue


  • 1

Place Of Publication


  • Republic of Korea