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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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Twisted Histories

Twisted Histories

Park Chan-Wook and the Legacy of Personal Trauma

(p.123) Twisted Histories
Rising Sun, Divided Land

Kate E. Taylor-Jones

Columbia University Press

This chapter discusses South Korean director Park Chan-wook. Over the last decade very few Korean film directors have made such an impact on the international scene as Park Chan-wook. The key to his fame can be summed up in one film title: Oldboy (2003). The film's macabre, violent, and highly transgressive narrative made Park one of the most well-known and popular South Korean directors on the international circuit. His success is also related to his ability to defy easy classification. While the themes seen in his work are similar to those seen in other filmmakers, what sets him apart is the vibrant, dynamic, and highly accessible style that he employs. His films are unique in their blend of popular culture, high production values, and box office success.

Keywords:   Korean film directors, Korean films, filmmakers, Park Chan-wook, Oldboy, Korean cinema

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