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Representation of the Pacific War in South Korean Films

PARK Yuhee 1

1고려대학교

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ABSTRACT

This study reflects on the representational aspect of “the Pacific War" as Asia-Pacific theatre of “World War II” in South Korean films after 1945. The Pacific War was not a main subject matter in South Korean films. The Pacific War served as a marriage obstacle in melodramas, as background in action genre, or a destiny set to fade away like the caste system in a pre-modern society or natural disasters. ‘The Korean War’ fundamentally played a definitive role in such exclusion. The national division that took strong root after the Korean War suppressed even more memories and made them fade into the mists of history. The Pacific War across mainland China, Myanmar, India, and Manchuria was recorded in personal memoirs or reconstructed with imagination in novels or films. The imaginary reconstruction was limited in films because they were strictly censored by the government or policies as they were a medium with a great ripple effect. It is in this context that the Pacific War could be reenacted just in the form of melodrama or action films which were genre films considered as an entertaining consumer good.

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