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Jung Ji-Woo's Happy End: Modernity, Masculinity, and Murder

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In a brilliant and enigmatic film, Happy End, director Jung Ji-woo has indexed all of these themes: shifting gender hierarchies, the valorization of aggressive masculinity, the establishment of a modern national identity, and the social uncertainties of a faltering economy. Happy End is a film clearly situated within the significant political, economic, and social events of the period within which it was made.
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Keywords: Happy End; Korean New Wave; economic crisis; gender roles; remasculinization

Document Type: Research Article

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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