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The 'Myth' of Oh Jedo and Anticommunist Cinema during the Yushin Period - Focusing on <Teugbyeolsusabonbu> Series -

Jun Jeenee 1

1한국항공대학교

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ABSTRACT

This paper aims to discuss a method of being dramatized an prosecutor Oh Jedo, who had arranged the foundation of the National Security Law and took custody of converts after this, focusing on a movie titled <Teugbyeolsusabonbu> (Special Investigation Bureau) series that was planned and produced simultaneously with being revised the film law following Yushin Regime. Oh Jedo released memoirs several times after the Korean War, thereby having repeatedly looked back on 'a story of hunting out spies.' His memoirs were spread omni-directionally such as radio drama, a book form, movie and animation amid the diffusion of the anti-communist and counter-espionage stories in the 1970s. In the process, Oh Jedo is reborn as an anti-communist hero in the middle of popular culture. The movie <Teugbyeolsusabonbu> series was the output of having been made with being interconnected the situations of the ideological prosecutor, who had proceeded with securing the position through the anti-communist writing, and of a production company, which had aimed to make an interesting anti-communist work in line with the revised film law. Oh Jedo, who was established by handsome stars in the 1970s amid the series, was a hero in the times who proceeds with stubbornly walking a single path alone with being young, upright, righteous and generous. These characters ever became a conversation partner of being in charge of action and inference in some cases and of willingly listening to a spy's history of ordeals. Also, amidst the movie that emphasized 'true story,' Oh Jedo is on his guard against a female spy who is sensual, unlike corrupt politicians, and takes the dispensation-based position of 'humanly' sympathizing with the person instead of being fascinated by the spy. Along with this, in the movie Gughoepeulagchi (Spies in the National Assembly) in which Oh Jedo becomes the main spindle, all the young men, who criticize lawmakers and government policy, with crying for the U.S. military pullout, are depicted as a ‘childlike’ and ‘infant-like’ character. On the other hand, Oh Jedo is placed as an abettor who corrects these people on behalf of elders. By the way, even if having been mixed with action and romance, it could not continue to satisfy the eye level of audiences whose evaluation base got higher relatively among consumers of popular culture in the process of being repeated a spy story in a similar form. The movie <Teugbyeolsusabonbu> series based on Oh Jedo's memoirs requires attention in a regard of being the output that was made with being resonated the political logic and the popular culture in the 1970s.

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This paper was written with support from the National Research Foundation of Korea.