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Why American Studies Needs to Think about Korean Cinema, or, Transnational Genres in the Films of Bong Joon-ho

From: American Quarterly
Volume 60, Number 4, December 2008
pp. 871-898 | 10.1353/aq.0.0041



This article explores how Korean director Bong Joon-ho appropriates and reworks Hollywood genre conventions in his films Memories of Murder and The Host, and uses them as tools to explore Korea’s experience of dictatorship and its vexed relationship with the United States.

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