Hidden political allegories in the Park Chan Wook Vengeance Trilogy

Kolseth, Matthew (2009) Hidden political allegories in the Park Chan Wook Vengeance Trilogy. BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    This dissertation aims to establish that Park Chan-wook's Vengeance Trilogy, Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance (Park 2002), Oldboy (Park 2003) and Sympathy for Lady Vengeance (Park 2005), has political undertones. Park conceals these political allegories under layers of violence, plot twists and humour. Arguably Park, through this Trilogy, is commenting on the Japanese occupation of Korea (1905-1945), the economy of South Korea, and the relationship with North Korea. This dissertation will look at the three films in the order that they were released and analyse each whilst comparing any similarities. Through the close textual analysis, this dissertation aims to establish a link between the films and the political history of South Korea. By comparing the events that occur in the Vengeance Trilogy with research of the political past of the country, this dissertation will aim to highlight these links and show them as hidden political allegories.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries > School of Media and Performing Arts
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2011 12:48
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:15
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/697

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