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Kim Ki-duk

Hye Seung Chung


This study investigates the controversial motion pictures written and directed by the independent filmmaker Kim Ki-duk, one of the most acclaimed Korean auteurs in the English-speaking world. Propelled by underdog protagonists who can only communicate through shared corporeal pain and extreme violence, Kim's graphic films have been classified by Western audiences as belonging to sensationalist East Asian “extreme” cinema, and Kim has been labeled a “psychopath” and “misogynist” in South Korea. Drawing upon both Korean-language and English-language sources, the book challenges these misundersta ... More

Keywords: Kim Ki-duk, independent filmmaker, Korean auteur, East Asian cinema, South Korea, Nietzschean ressentiment, subordination, oppression, Korean society

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Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780252036699
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017 DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252036699.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Hye Seung Chung, author
Colorado State University

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