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Representations of a colonial past in contemporary Korean cinema

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This article discusses the possibility for film to do history, the ways in which films might do history differently than written history, and how a film depicting history might be speaking of the present - as these issues apply to three contemporary Korean films set in the early twentieth-century Korean colonial period and which represent a recent radical shift in the portrayal of this particular era. Of particular interest is how modernity and colonization are depicted in the three films.

Keywords: Korean cinema; colonial era; colonization; history film; modernity

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Independent scholar

Publication date: August 9, 2012

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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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