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Mobile Cinema during Wartime ―Focusing on Mobile Film Exhibition Organizations and those Activities in the late Colonial Korea

  • The Journal of Korean drama and theatre
  • 2020, (67), pp.89-124
  • DOI : 10.17938/tjkdat.2020..67.89
  • Publisher : The Learned Society Of Korean Drama And Theatre
  • Research Area : Arts and Kinesiology > Other Arts and Kinesiology
  • Received : February 9, 2020
  • Accepted : March 17, 2020
  • Published : March 30, 2020

Hwajin Lee 1

1인하대학교

Accredited

ABSTRACT

Mobile film exhibitions were propaganda events with a specific purpose and intention by official subjects, such as the state, military, government office, and government agency, and thus film screenings that aimed to control the audiences’ film experience in a particular direction. Mobile cinema campaign was designed as a way to distribute movies using human resources under the uneven cultural conditions of the colonial Korea, but it was also important to note that the film was a reproducible media differentiated from plays, shows, Yadam and Mandam. Given that the supply and facilities of films were severely restricted under the wartime control, mobile film exhibition practices were centrally organized and operated than other media. In colonial Korea, where the production and supply of film was not going well and electricity facilities were extremely limited, mobile film exhibition performed as well as expected. However, wartime mobile film exhibition practices are important events in historicalizing the non-urban Korean people's cultural experiences in the mid-20th century linking colonial era to post-colonial era. Based on the newspapers and magazines of the time and the documents of the Chosun Film Development Association, this paper examines in detail the organization, operation and activities of the mobile film exhibition in the late colonial Korea.

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