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Im Kwon-Taek
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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 film-making industry that produced at least 240 films. For a period of forty years, after Korea was liberated from colonialism, a time where Western imports were scarce, Korean cinema became an innovative force reflecting a society whose social and cultural norms were becoming less conservative. Im Kwon-Taek: The Making of a Korean National Cinema is a colleciton of essays written about Im Kwon-Taek, better know as the father of New Korean Cinema, that takes a critical look at the situations of filmmakers in South Korea. Written by leading Koreanists and scholars of Korean film in the United States, Im Kwon-Taek is the first scholarly treatment of Korean cinema. 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 a complete filmography. Im Kwon-Taek is timely and makes a significant contribution to our understanding of Korean cinema. These essays situate Im Kwon-Taek within Korean filmmaking, placing him in industrial, creative, and social contexts, and closely examine some of his finest films. Im Kwon-Taek will interest students and scholars of film studies, Korean studies, religious studies, postcolonial studies, and Asian studies.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. 1-4
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  1. Title Page
  2. pp. 5-6
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. 5-8
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. 7-8
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. 9-18
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  1. 1 Korean Cinema and Im Kwon-Taek: An Overview
  2. pp. 19-46
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  1. 2 Im Kwon-Taek: Korean National Cinema and Buddhism
  2. pp. 47-83
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  1. 3 The Female Body and Enunciation in Adada and Surrogate Mother
  2. pp. 84-106
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  1. 4 The Politics of Gender, Aestheticism, and Cultural Nationalism in Sopyonje and The Genealogy
  2. pp. 107-133
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  1. 5 Sopyonje: Its Cultural and Historical Meaning
  2. pp. 134-156
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  1. 6 Sopyonje and the Inner Domain of National Culture
  2. pp. 157-181
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  1. 7 Fly High, Run Far: Kaeby?ok and Tonghak Ideology
  2. pp. 182-196
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  1. 8 Is This How the War Is Remembered?: Deceptive Sex and the Re-masculinized Nation in The Taebaek Mountains
  2. pp. 197-222
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  1. 9 In Defense of Continuity: Discourses on Tradition and the Mother in Festival
  2. pp. 223-246
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  1. 10 An Interview with Im Kwon-Taek
  2. pp. 247-266
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  1. Appendixes
  2. pp. 267-271
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  1. Selected English Language Bibliography of Korean Cinema
  2. pp. 275-280
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 279-280
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 281-294
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