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Dress representation shown in the ‘Volunteer film'

Sumee Chin 1

1동국대학교

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ABSTRACT

'Volunteer film' is the term to call pro-Japanese patronized moves made to promote special volunteer system which first introduced in the army in February 1938. In this article, it targeted <Jiwonbyung(Volunteer)>, <Chosun Haehyup(Straits of Chosun)>, and <Saranggwa Maengseo(Love and oath)>. The researcher studied the representation of costumes appeared in those movies by introducing the gender perspective. The reason to look at costume representation as the gender division was to review daily life of colonial modernity which was recognized as unavoidable thing for colonized people and see aspects of revealing the conflict and contradiction in the system of the total war and how they were sutured. The costume flexibility was higher for males who advanced to the public area than females who wore traditional costume in the personal area. Chun-ho of <Jiwonbyung> who wore the greatest dresses (4 types) represents the desire of mid-low class and he cooperates with imperial military to upgrade his status. People who had high costume flexibility are illustrated that they use chances actively and do not scared for the adventure, but people who is low, were represented that they were passive, premodern, and relying on lives. In the second place, it looked at the system and division and contradiction of the colonial modernity through the uniformity of origin shown in the vertical system of dress that people appeared in one frame. According to this, women were the subjects that show the division and contradiction and men were the subjects that suture it through wearing national uniform which is the mark of the nationalism. In the Japanese's nationalization project, it proved that women were the second people through this representation. The researcher judges that the future of Korea that lived the first half of the 20th century in the colonial modernity depends on how to break with the nationalism that sutured the cracks of colonialism and modernity cripply, and looks forward to assisting Korean society in overcoming this moment.

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