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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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Film Analysis

Film Analysis

Bad Guy

나쁜 남자

(p.188) Film Analysis
Rising Sun, Divided Land

Kate E. Taylor-Jones

Columbia University Press

This chapter analyzes Kim Ki-duk's film Bad Guy (Na-bun-Nam-Ja, 2001), a tale of a man who forces the woman he loves into prostitution. The woman gradually accepts working in the brothel and falls in love with the man who orchestrated her fall into the sex trade. The film received a stern amount of criticism from viewers for its representation of violence towards women and the female response towards this aggression. However, as with many of Kim's works, Bad Guy cannot easily be dismissed as offering a simplistic patriarchal rendering of gender and society. Kim presents the female characters as doubly marginalized; first in the physical treatment of them and then in a more insidious way by a society that so strenuously constructs their social and cultural boundaries. But just as the women are caught in this matrix of violence and oppression, so too are the men.

Keywords:   Korean film directors, Korean films, filmmakers, Kim Ki-duk, Bad Guy, Na-bun-Nam-Ja, prostitution

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