FTVM 458 - Film Culture in Korea
Fall 2021, Section 001
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: Film, Television, and Media Std (FTVM)
Department: LSA Film, Television, and Media
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With permission of instructor.
May not be repeated for credit.
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In 2019, Korean cinema celebrated the centennial anniversary of its birth. From the premier of Fight for Justice in 1919 to Parasite’s winning of Palme d’Or at the Cannes International Film Festival in 2019, Korean cinema has continuously developed and innovated itself, while inheriting and revising the legacies and traditions of the past eras. This course surveys the one-hundred-year history of Korean cinema with a strong emphasis on film aesthetics and styles. While the course will mostly follow the chronological order of films, its focus will be on textual and formal analysis of representative films of each period.

Topics this course will cover include the Korean War and melodrama, gendered labor, sexuality and biopolitics, film festivals, experimental documentary, North Korean cinema, Hallyu, digital cinema, and many others. To better understand the narrative and formal specificities of a wide array of Korean films, students will also learn historical vicissitudes of the Korean nation-states, including the liberation from Japanese colonial rule, the division system, military dictatorship, the democratic movements in 1987, and the emergence of Hallyu, or the Korean Wave. By reading each film along with its historical and cultural backgrounds, students will understand how the historical transformations and human affairs in the region affected thematic and artistic representations on screen. The course will also have several Q&A sessions with Korean directors and film festival programmers via Zoom.

Intended Audience:

Advanced ASIAN/FTVM majors/minors and other majors who are interested in the history and aesthetics of Korean cinema. This is an upper-level survey course and not recommended for first-year students. Due to some overlapping course contents, students who have taken ASIAN 384.001 (The Centennial of Korean Cinema) in Winter 2020 may not take this course.

Class Format:

Two 90-minute meetings weekly


FTVM 458 - Film Culture in Korea
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
 In Person
MW 10:00AM - 11:30AM

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