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Rising Sun, Divided LandJapanese and South Korean Filmmakers$
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Kate Taylor-Jones

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780231165853

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231165853.001.0001

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Im Kwon-Taek and the March of Time

Im Kwon-Taek and the March of Time

(p.25) Im Kwon-Taek and the March of Time
Rising Sun, Divided Land

Kate E. Taylor-Jones

Columbia University Press

This chapter discusses South Korean director Im Kwon-taek. As the longest working director in South Korea, Im's films have featured and referenced nearly all of the major political and cultural events that have shaken the Korean peninsula over the last hundred years or so. Beginning as a director in 1962 and with an oeuvre that contains over a hundred films, Im has shown an ability to transform himself to meet any political, economic, or popular demand. His debut feature Farewell to Tunnam River (Dumanganga jal itgeola, 1962) was a huge success and focused on the Manchurian attempts to gain independence from Japan during the 1940s. His 101st film, Hanji, released in 2010, engages with the Korean tradition of papermaking.

Keywords:   Korean film directors, Korean films, filmmakers, Im Kwan-taek, Farewell to Tunnam River, Dumanganga jal itgeola, Hanji, papermaking

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