Im Kwon-Taek: The Making of a Korean National Cinema

Im Kwon-Taek: The Making of a Korean National Cinema

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Im Kwon-Taek: The Making of a Korean National Cinema by David James

Korean cinema was virtually unavailable to the West during the Japanese colonial period (1910-1945), and no film made before 1943 has been recovered even though Korea had an active filmmaking industry that produced at least 240 films. "Im Kwon-Taek: The Making of a Korean National Cinema" is a collection of essays written about Im Kwon-Taek, better known as the father of New Korean Cinema, that takes a critical look at the situations of filmmakers in South Korea. It establishes Im Kwon-Taek as the only major Korean director whose life's work covers the entire history of South Korea's military rule (1961-1992). It demonstrates Im's struggles with Korean cinema's historical contradictions and also shows how Im rose above political discord. The book includes an interview with Im, a chronology of Korean cinema and Korean history showing major dynastic periods and historical and political events, and and a complete filmography.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780814328682
Publisher: Wayne State University Press
Publication date: 01/28/2002
Series: Contemporary Film and Television Series
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 5.91(w) x 9.06(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

1. Korean Cinema and Im Kwon-Taek: An Overview
2. Im Kwon-Taek: Korean National Cinema and Buddhism
3. The Female Body and Enunciation in Adada and Surrogate Mother
4. The Politics of Gender, Aestheticism, and Cultural Nationalism in Sopyonje and The Genealogy
5. Sopyonje: Its Cultural and Historical Meaning
6. Sopyonje and the Inner Domain of National Culture
7. Fly High, Run Far: Kaebyôk and Tonghak Ideology
8. Is This How the War Is Remembered?: Deceptive Sex and the Re-masculinized Nation in The Taebaek Mountains
9. In Defense of Continuity: Discourses on Tradition and the Mother in Festival
10. An Interview with Im Kwon-Taek
Appendixes:
1. Korea: Political and Cultural Events, 1876 to 2000
2. Im Kwon-Taek Filmography
Selected English-Language Bibliography of Korean Cinema

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