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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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Bad Guy

Bad Guy

Kim Ki-Duk

(p.172) Bad Guy
Rising Sun, Divided Land

Kate E. Taylor-Jones

Columbia University Press

This chapter discusses South Korean director Kim Ki-duk. Kim's background is very different from many directors working in South Korea today. He did not attend film school, he has never worked as a director's assistant, and he maintains that his love of film and individual style come from his background in painting and his keen interest in contemporary culture rather than from a passionate love of film. His films offer a bizarre and often surreal world where gender, race, nationality, globalization, and art come together produce films that often disturb, sometimes offend, but always challenge. Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter… and Spring (Bom, yeoreum, gaeul, gyeoul, geurigo… bom, 2000), about a priest situated on a remote floating temple, became the highest-grossing Korean film at the US box office with takings of over $23 million.

Keywords:   Korean film directors, Korean films, filmmakers, Kim Ki-duk

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