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Eclipsed Cinema

The Film Culture of Colonial Korea

Dong Hoon Kim

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A ground-breaking investigation into the film culture of colonial Korea

In this pioneering investigation into the seldom-studied film culture of colonial Korea (1910-1945), Dong Hoon Kim brings new perspectives to the associations between colonialism, modernity, film historiography and national cinema. By reconstructing the lost intricacies of colonial film history, Eclipsed Cinema explores under-investigated aspects of colonial film culture, such as the representational politics of colonial cinema, the film unit of the colonial government, the social reception of Hollywood cinema, and Japanese settlers’ film culture. Filling a significant void in Asian film history, Eclipsed Cinema greatly expands the critical and historical scopes of early cinema and Korean and Japanese film histories, as well as modern Asian culture, and colonial and postcolonial studies.

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Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgements
INTRODUCTION
INTRODUCING JOSEON CINEMA: THE QUESTION OF FILM HISTORY AND THE FILM CULTURE OF COLONIAL KOREA

CHAPTER 1
THE BEGINNING: TOWARD A MASS ENTERTAINMENT
Film Culture Begins: The Development of Early Film Culture
Film Production Begins: Moving Picture Unit of the Office of the Governor-General

CHAPTER 2
JOSEON CINEMA, CINEMATIC JOSEON: ON SOME CRITICAL QUESTIONS OF JOSEON CINEMA
Desperately Seeking the Joseon Image: Arirang (1926) and the Making of Joseon Film Aesthetics
Joseon Film Lyricism: Joseon Colour and Joseon Films ‘Exported’ to Japan

CHAPTER 3
MIGRATING WITH THE MOVIES: JAPANESE SETTLER FILM CULTURE
The Formation and Characteristics of Settler Film Culture
‘A Film Practice Distinctly Joseon’: The Ethnic Segregation of Movie Theatres

CHAPTER 4
COLONIAL FILM SPECTATORSHIP: NATIONALIST ENOUGH?
Korean Spectators or How They Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Hollywood
Performing Colonial Identity: The Transcolonial Practice of Byeonsa/Benshi

CHAPTER 5
FILM SPECTATORSHIP AND THE TENSIONS OF MODERNITY
Modern Girls and Boys Go to the Movies: Cinema, Modernity, and the Colonised Nation
Mobility, Movie Theatres, and Female Film Spectatorship

CONCLUSION
INTEGRATING INTO THE IMPERIAL CINEMA
Appendix
Bibliography

About the Author

Dong Hoon Kim is Assistant Professor in East Asian Languages and Literatures and a member of the committee on Cinema Studies at the University of Oregon.

Reviews

Innovative! Dong Hoon Kim goes beyond the national cinema approach by using both Japanese and Korean texts and examining the multicultural/multiethnic formation of the Korean film culture during the colonial period. Eclipsed Cinema is a must read for all who are interested in the history of East Asian cinemas.

- Professor Daisuke Miyao, University of California, San Diego

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