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The Films of Bong Joon Ho

Nam Lee (author)

ISBN: 9781978818903

Publication Date: Oct 2020

Format: Paperback

Also available as: Hardback  

The first single-authored, book-length study of the world-renowned Korean director who is known for his unique construction of genre films. Lee provides a detailed account of Korean contemporary cultural and political history that is critical to a full appreciation of Bong's oeuvre.
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The Films of Bong Joon-ho is the first single-authored, book-length study of the world-renowned Korean director who is known for his unique construction of genre films. Although his films enjoy tremendous transnational appeal globally, they cannot be fully appreciated without contextualizing them within the concrete local realities from which they were conceived and produced. Lee provides a detailed account of Korean contemporary cultural and political history that is critical to a full appreciation of Bong's oeuvre. The book accomplish this in part by drawing on both Korean and English scholarly references, bringing together different perspectives in viewing and interpreting Bong's cinematic arts. Including discussion of The Host, Snowpiercer, Parasite and many others, the aesthetics and the cinematic in Bong's unique genre films are firmly situated within the history and politics of his time.

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"For the legions of new fans of Bong Joon Ho, this timely book will demonstrate that the triumph of Parasite in the West was no fluke. Nam Lee demonstrates in loving detail just how Bong has managed over a two decade-long career of unprecedented critical and commercial success to condemn and critique contemporary society through the lens of satire, humor and sheer entertainment. It's hard to think of a director better able to address both Korean controversies and universal anxieties and a writer better able to explicate these concerns."

-David Desser, founding editor, the Journal of Japanese and Korean Cinema

"The Films of Bong Joon Ho is at once a path-breaking study of the director Bong Joon Ho–one of the most recognized and internationally acclaimed filmmakers currently active in South Korea–and his films and simultaneously a study of how the post-1987 South Korean film industry came into being. Drawing upon her own rich experience as a former staff writer and film critic in South Korea and with judicious use of relevant critical theories, Lee offers us both the larger sociopolitical, historical, and cultural context of Bong's films as well as detailed analyses of a set of films, both critically received and commercially successful ones as well as relatively unknown earlier short films. This book is a great service not only to the fans of Bong but also to the general public who are interested in films of South Korea, as well as to the scholarly community of film studies and Korean studies."

-Namhee Lee, University of California, Los Angeles
Illustrations 10 color photos, 1 black & white illustration
Pages 254
Dimensions 229 x 152 x 15
Date Published 30 Oct 2020
Publisher Rutgers University Press
Series Global Film Directors
Subject/s Asian history   Individual actors & performers   Film theory & criticism   Film production: technical & background skills  
Nam Lee is an associate professor of film studies at the Dodge College of Film and Media Arts, Chapman University in Orange, California. Formerly a film critic and journalist in South Korea, she has published numerous film reviews as well as academic journal articles and book chapters on Korean cinema.

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