Hyangjin Lee
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This introduction presents an overview of the key concepts discussed in the subsequent chapters of this book. The book examines the ways in which Korean film reveals the ideological orientation of the society in which it is created and circulated. It examines the social and political milieu in which the Korean film industry developed from its beginning during the Japanese colonial period to its bifurcation into South and North Korean cinemas. The book presents a critical analysis of the selected films, which were all made between 1960 and 1990. It evaluates the subject of nationhood by looking at how the North and the South Korean films portray the origin and consequences of the recent national division. The book probes the notion of class in contemporary Korea by examining the cinematic representations of individuals' heterogeneous class experiences in the 'classless' North or the capitalist South.

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Contemporary Korean cinema

Identity, culture and politics


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