War as Business in South Korea's Manchurian Action Films

An Jinsoo, Assistant Professor, Korean Studies, Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, University of California at Berkeley

South Korea's Manchurian action films have recently received critical interest for the genre’s unique configuration of such themes as colonial history, nationalism, masculinity, geography and generic hybridity.  This presentation revisits the genre with a different thematic focus and question: the political economy of anti-colonial nationalism.  More specifically, it brings attention to the logic of money inherent in the genre and explores the broad implications of this thematic convention.  Contrary to the genre’s lofty political agenda, Manchurian action films collectively render the unsettling and scandalous trappings of anti-colonial nationalism of South Korea. 

Tuesday, May 21, 2013 | 4:15 pm — 5:30 pm | RSVP
Philippines Conference Room, Encina Hall, 3rd Floor

Center for East Asian Studies