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A Study on Kim Jong Un’s lmage in the Korean Documentary Films of Field Guidance

  • The Journal of Northeast Asia Research
  • Abbr : NEA
  • 2021, 36(1), pp.135-167
  • DOI : 10.18013/jnar.2021.36.1.005
  • Publisher : The Institute for Northeast Asia Research
  • Research Area : Social Science > Political Science > International Politics > International Relations / Cooperation
  • Received : June 17, 2021
  • Accepted : August 16, 2021
  • Published : August 31, 2021

PARK SO HYE 1

1북한대학원대학교

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ABSTRACT

The results of examining the characteristics of Kim Jong Un’s image by analyzing Korean documentary films of field guidance of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un are as follows. First, the documentary films deal with ‘improving people’s living,’ but the method of reproducing ‘people’s firstism’ is changing depending on the time. In the early days of the regime, the leader was portrayed as a parent who showed love to the people, but through the 7th Party Congress, he is recreated as a leader who leads the people to self-reliance. Second, Kim Jong Un was embodied as a leader who practiced the legacy of Kim Jong Il by visiting the fields for guidance against the background of the traces of his predecessors in the early days of the regime. However, around the 7th Party Congress, Kim Jong Un takes off the “portrait badge” with the faces of Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il and is pictured as building an independent leadership that goes beyond the achievements of his predecessors. Third, it is a change to the image of a leader that reproduces emotional politics in line with the trend of the video age. With a human aspect that escapes from the infallibility of the leader, he approaches the people emotionally and differentiates himself with a leader’s tendency to pursue practical matters. As a result, it is expected that documentary films will also use various editor methods and continue to reproduce humane images.

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