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Comparative Analysis of the Two Movies, “Chronicles of the Ghostly Tribe” and “The Host”: Referring Hollywood Fantasy Narrative and Re - creation

  • The Journal of Study on Language and Culture of Korea and China
  • Abbr : JSLCKC
  • 2016, (41), pp.301-319
  • DOI : 10.16874/jslckc.2016..41.013
  • Publisher : Korean Society of Study on Chinese Languge and Culture
  • Research Area : Humanities > Chinese Language and Literature
  • Published : June 30, 2016

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ABSTRACT

Creature movie, a well positioned genre in movie, has been loved by moviegoers worldwide. This genre, which belongs to fantasy category, is a unique brain child of commercial movie production in Hollywood. Recently as their movie industry has been booming Korea and China has been challenging this genre which needs a high level of technology, capital and production management. Korean movie "The Host" and Chinese movie "Chronicles of the Ghostly Tribe" are the two most representative examples. This essay tries to explain how these blockbuster movies were created in two countries by looking at the industrial background, and also analyze narrative structure of these movies by resorting to narratological and semiological method. It postulates the followings by analyzing and comparing major spaces, symbols, and cultural codes appearing in two movies. "The Host" made a successful local application of the classic Hollywood narrative formula. Opposed to that, "Chronicles of the Ghostly Tribe" was focusing too much on explaining the structure between reality and surreal, becoming a naive narrative as the heroic characters were disappearing. This essay is provided as a reference with a purpose to facilitate international, commercial, and cultural engagement between two nations even when it points out the difference in degree of quality perfection of two movies.

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