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Representation of the Kwangju Uprising -- A Petal (1996) and May 18 (2007)

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The studies of relationship between historical events and popular culture have mainly focused on the Western perspective. However, there are few studies with regard to the relationship between the Kwangju Uprising and commercial films. This paper deals with the representations of the Kwangju Uprising in both A Petal (Jang, Sung-Woo; 1996) and May 18 (Kim, Ji-Hoon; 2007), based on the concepts of both identity and the ideological roles of Althusser. The research question is how is the Kwangju Uprising represented in both Korean films? Textual analysis is used as the method. This paper is composed of four parts: 1. the identity and representation; 2. "history-in Kwangju" and Kwangju Uprising in 1980; 3. the Kwangju Uprising in both A Petal and May 18; 4. representation of the Kwangju Uprising in both A Petal and May 18.
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Keywords: A Petal; Chun regime; Kwangju Uprising; May 18; democracy

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: September 1, 2008

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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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