The representation of women in contemporary South Korean cinema: the work of Park Chan-wook and Kim Ki-duk

Wise, Sophie (2012) The representation of women in contemporary South Korean cinema: the work of Park Chan-wook and Kim Ki-duk. BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    The aim of this study is to assess the representation of women in contemporary South Korean cinema. South Korea has suffered a turbulent history of socio-cultural oppression. One way in which this manifested itself, was through the treatment of women within society. Governed by Confucian ideologies, women have historically been in a submissive position, restricted to roles of domesticity. Similarly, within the South Korean film industry, women are also oppressed in front and behind the camera. There are very little, if any, female directors within the industry. This study, therefore, will focus on two male directors and how they represent women within their films.
    Park Chan-wook and Kim Ki-duk are two famous directors to emerge from contemporary South Korean cinema. Park is a commercially successful and critically acclaimed director, whereas, Kim is perceived far more controversial. The first chapter will focus on Park Chan-wook and his Vengeance Trilogy; Sympathy for Mr Vengeance (2002), Oldboy (2003) and Sympathy for Lady Vengeance (2005). Specific scenes from each film will be analysed in relation to the main female characters. A similar approach is taken in the second chapter, which focuses on Kim Ki-duk and three of his films; Bad Guy (2001), Samaritan Girl (2004) and 3-Iron (2004).In order to assess the representation of women in Korean cinema, feminist theory and psychoanalysis will be key to this study. Overall, the aim of this dissertation is to explore whether the male directors are still governed by patriarchal ideologies, or whether they are progressive and beginning to question or challenge female repression within society.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries > School of Media and Performing Arts
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 08 Jan 2014 16:49
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 12:32
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/14061

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