Sovereign Violence

Sovereign Violence

Ethics and South Korean Cinema in the New Millennium

  • Author: Choe, Steve
  • Publisher: Amsterdam University Press
  • Serie: Film Culture in Transition
  • ISBN: 9789089646385
  • eISBN Pdf: 9789048523016
  • Place of publication:  Amsterdam , Netherlands
  • Year of digital publication: 2016
  • Month: June
  • Pages: 352
  • DDC: 791
  • Language: English
South Korea is home to one of the most vibrant film industries in the world today, producing movies for a strong domestic market that are also drawing the attention of audiences worldwide. This book presents a comprehensive analysis of some of the most well-known and incendiary South Korean films of the millennial decade from nine major directors. Building his analysis on contemporary film theory and philosophy, as well as interviews and other primary sources, Steve Choe makes a case that these often violent films pose urgent ethical dilemmas central to life in the age of neoliberal globalization.
  • Cover
  • Table of Contents
  • Introduction
  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction
  • 1. Unredeemable Images
    • Address Unknown (2001) and the Ethical Question
    • Bad Guy (2001) and Visual Demoralization
    • Coda: The Other Repetition in Capitalist Manifesto: Working Men of All Countries, Accumulate! (2003)
  • 2. “Love Your Enemies”
    • Sophie’s Choice in JSA: Joint Security Area (2000)
    • The Moral Economy of Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance (2002)
    • Oldboy and Sovereign Judgment
  • 3. “Serial Sexualities and Accidental Desires”
    • Repetition and Critique in Virgin Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors (2000)
    • The Temporality of Modern Romance: Woman is the Future of Man
    • Coda: Camel(s) (2002) and the Cinema of a Generation
  • 4. “The Face and Hospitality”
    • N.E.P.A.L.: Never Ending Peace and Love (2003) and the Name of the Other Face
    • Memories of Murder (2003) and the Unreadable Face
    • Kim Ki-duk’s Untimely Critique: The Face in 3-Iron (2004)
  • 5. “Forgiving the Unforgivable”
    • Forgiveness as Exception in Lady Vengeance (2005)
    • Secret Sunshine (2007) in the Light of Political Theology
    • Cinema Beyond Melodrama: Poetry (2010)
  • 6. “Global Cinema in the Age of Posthumanity”
    • The Restoration of Romance in I’m a Cyborg, But That’s OK (2006)
    • Plastic Love and Time (2006)
    • The Profanation of the Priest: Thirst (2009)
  • Conclusion: Afterlives of Sovereign Violence
  • Notes
  • Bibliography
  • Index



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