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  • Film and the Waesaek (“Japanese Color”) Controversies of the 1960s

    Jinsoo An

    Chapter from the book: An, J. 2018. Parameters of Disavowal: Colonial Representation in South Korean Cinema.


    Chapter 2 examines the crisis of national culture and cinema in the 1960s by focusing on the encroachment of Japanese culture and film upon South Korea. This section studies the discourses and censorship cases surrounding the problems of importing Japanese films, as well as representations of “Japanese color” in Hollywood and South Korean films. The chapter chronicles the complex and convoluted passage of South Korea’s rapprochement with Japan and its cultural ramifications. Through readings of the era’s controversies in film, I illustrate how the thorny legacies of the colonial visual culture persisted, complicating decolonization in South Korea as it became deeply entangled with the intensifying bipolar politics of the Cold War.

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    An, J. 2018. Film and the Waesaek (“Japanese Color”) Controversies of the 1960s. In: An, J, Parameters of Disavowal. California: University of California Press. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1525/luminos.51.c

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    Published on June 8, 2018


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