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The Film Music of “Spring in the Korean Peninsula” - an Interpretation through Film Music -

Kyungboon Lee 1

1서울대학교

Accredited

ABSTRACT

The film Spring in the Korean Peninsula, made in March 1941 by Byungil Lee, is considered as “a wonder discovery” - its technical lapidary style stands out from other Korean films at ‘the time of slogan’ of the colonial period. Furthermore, the astonishing film music of Spring in the Korean Peninsula, in particular using the Leitmotiv (I call it “tragic love Leitmotiv”) functions, give obvious messages to screens which alone remain unclear. This study addresses the understudied film music exploring a new possibility of interpreting this film. As result, the dual construction of the film can be apparently exposed: the first part deals with the production of the film “Chunhyanjon” (the film in the film) by the Korean filmmaker Huh, while the love story between two women and a man (Joenghee, Ana and Yongil) composes the second one. However, according the description of music, Ana becomes the key figure among them and has the function of combining the two different parts of Spring in the Korean Peninsula - she plays the Antipodean of the filmmaker Huh.

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