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Volcano High and the Lost Authority: The Socio-Political Transition of South Korea

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This article will determine the suitability of Volcano High, its fantasy elements, and the implication of the film to fit into the fantasy genre. I will investigate the military regime's way of hegemony and the oppressive educational system, by means of inquiring about the transition of the Korean regime from a military to a civil government, from the early 1960s through the early 1990s. Then, I will examine the postmodern aesthetics of the film, in relation to the apparatus of concealing socio-politically critical comment, and the process by which the South Korean government lost its authority, under the context of socio-political implication, by means of close textual analysis.

Keywords: South Korea; Volcano High; fantasy; postmodernism; wu shu

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Georgia State University

Publication date: 2005-09-01

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  • Asian Cinema is a seminal journal, which has been published since 1995 by the Asian Cinema Studies Society under the stewardship of Professor John Lent. From 2012 Asian Cinema will be published by Intellect as part of our Film Studies journal portfolio. The journal currently publishes a variety of scholarly material - including research articles, interviews, book and film reviews and bibliographies - on all forms and aspects of Asian cinema. The journal's broad aim is to advance understanding and knowledge of the rich traditions of the various Asian cinemas, thereby making an invaluable contribution to the field of Film Studies in general.
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