Gender and cinematic adaptation of the folk tale, Ch’unhyangjŏn
in Contemporary Korean cinema
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This chapter discusses the cultural identity of contemporary Koreans by analysing five films based on a popular traditional folk tale, Ch'unhyangjon. Three of the five films were made in South Korea: Shin Sangok's Song Ch'unhyang, Pak T'ae-won's The Tale of Song Ch'unhyang and Han Sanghun's Song Ch'unhyang. The other two films are from North Korea: Yu Wonjun and Yun Ryonggyu's The Tale of Ch'unhyang and Shin Sangok's musical, Love, Love, My Love. Ch'unhyangjon is a text apt for an ideological interpretation. This argument is born out by its history of cinematic adaptation. Ch'unhyangjon features gender and class as the central subjects. The treatment of the two interrelated subjects in the film texts is tied specifically to the oppositional ideologies of the capitalist South and the communist North.

Contemporary Korean cinema

Identity, culture and politics

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