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The Understanding The Climbers as a Chinese Mainstream Film through the comparison with a Korean Mainstream Film The Himalayas

  • The Journal of Study on Language and Culture of Korea and China
  • Abbr : JSLCKC
  • 2023, (67), pp.359-388
  • DOI : 10.16874/jslckc.2023..67.013
  • Publisher : Korean Society of Study on Chinese Languge and Culture
  • Research Area : Humanities > Chinese Language and Literature
  • Received : January 10, 2023
  • Accepted : February 20, 2023
  • Published : February 28, 2023

Yu, Kyung-chul 1

1고려대학교

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ABSTRACT

The Korean film Himalayas and the Chinese film The Climbers have several similarities. First, these two films are the first climbing films in Korea and China respectively. Second, they were made into blockbuster films. Third, both films are based on true stories. Despite many things in common, there are many differences between the two films. The Himalayas are not interested in promoting political ideology. The film depicted climbers as a kind of "ordinary people" and reproduced they, called ‘San-jaeng-yi’ accomplished their extraordinary and heroic roles. On the other hand, The Climbers told the achievements of China's national climbers who climbed Mount Everest. In particular, it highlighted their patriotism which they did not hesitate to make sacrifices to fulfill the mission given by the state with, and focused on promoting patriotism through it. From this point of view, it can be seen that Chinese mainstream film used patriotism, while Korean mainstream commercial film the Himalayas used the humanity of ordinary people as the important selling points of the film. The Climbers, however, can be criticized for its anachronistic patriotism, because it excessively emphasized the sacrifice of the people for the nation. In addtion, it revealed an error that failed to absorb the characteristics of action movies and romance movie genres. Recently, Chinese mainstream Films has performed relatively well at the box office in China. But The Climbers became a failure case as a Chinese mainstream film.

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