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Social Significance of Recent Korean Courtroom Films : A Case Study of Silenced, Unbowed, The Attorney and New Trial

  • Journal of Internet of Things and Convergence
  • Abbr : JKIOTS
  • 2021, 7(3), pp.55-61
  • Publisher : The Korea Internet of Things Society
  • Research Area : Engineering > Computer Science > Internet Information Processing
  • Received : July 14, 2021
  • Accepted : September 5, 2021
  • Published : September 30, 2021

Bo-Kyong Kim 1

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ABSTRACT

This study explores four Korean films: Silenced (2011), Unbowed (2012), The Attorney (2014), and New Trial (2017). Based on these films, this study explores the features of courtroom films and their social significance on society. The ability of Korean courtroom films to have such a profound impact on Korean society is something that is not usually witnessed in other countries. Also, the fact that they are low-budget works, not action/thrillers within the ‘guaranteed star’ system, and the fact that they present opportunities for netizens to call for change is a defining feature of Korean courtroom films. All four films have sparked controversy over the level of realism in Korean courtroom films, but what is more important is the way in which they portray contemporary social change. In summary, these four Korean courtroom films highlight the characteristics of social action and the means of mobilization required to effect it.

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