Korean horror cinema /

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Bibliographic Details
Imprint:Edinburgh : Edinburgh University Press, ©2013.
Description:1 online resource (xv, 240 pages)
Subject:Horror films -- Korea -- Criticism and interpretation.
ART -- Film & Video.
PERFORMING ARTS -- Film & Video -- Reference.
PERFORMING ARTS -- Film & Video -- General.
Horror films.
Skräckfilm, Korea.
Electronic books.
Electronic books.
Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Format: E-Resource Book
URL for this record:http://pi.lib.uchicago.edu/1001/cat/bib/11187477
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Other authors / contributors:Peirse, Alison.
Martin, Daniel (Professor of Film Studies)
Notes:Includes bibliographical references (pages 219-235) and index.
Print version record.
Summary:The first detailed English-language book on Korean horror introduces the cultural specificity of the genre to an international audience, from the iconic monsters of gothic horror, to the avenging killers of Oldboy and Death Bell. Beginning in the 1960s, it traces a path through the history of Korean horror, offering new interpretations of classic films, demarcating the shifting patterns of production and consumption across the decades, and acquainting readers with films rarely seen and discussed outside of Korea. It explores the importance of folklore and myth on horror film narratives, the impact of political and social change upon the genre, and accounts for the transnational triumph of some of Korea's contemporary horror films. While covering some of the most successful recent films such as Phone and A Tale of Two Sisters, the collection also explores the obscure, the arcane and the little-known outside Korea, including detailed analyses of The Devil's Stairway and Woman's Wail. Its exploration and definition of the canon makes it an engaging and essential read for students and scholars in horror film studies and Korean Studies alike. Key features. Covers films from 1960 to present day, from The Housemaid to Thirst Case studies cover both popular and lesser known films, from Oldboy to The Fox with Nine Tails Discusses icons of the genre such as the wonhon (vengeful female ghost) and the gumiho (shapeshifting fox)
Other form:Print version: Korean horror cinema. Edinburgh : Edinburgh University Press, ©2013 9780748643097
Review by Choice Review

In this deftly edited and superbly organized collection, Peirse (Univ. of Northumbria, UK) and Martin (Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology) have collected essays from a wide variety of contributors, all of them top shelf. The book starts with an examination of classic Korean horror films in the 1960s and then deftly moves to discuss such later efforts as Shadows in the Palace, Possessed, Death Bell, A Tale of Two Sisters and a host of other horror films which have proven increasingly influential in the genre, both internationally in their original versions and as the basis--directly or indirectly--for American remakes. The sheer range of films considered is amazing; clearly, this is a burgeoning area of film practice in Korea, and the authors know the subject intimately and examine the films with rigor and detail in a direct and accessible style designed to reach the widest possible range of readers. This would be a superb text for a class in Korean horror films, or as a supplemental text for a course on the horror film in general. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Lower-level undergraduates and above. G. A. Foster University of Nebraska--Lincoln

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