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  • P-ISSN0023-3900
  • E-ISSN2733-9343

The Meaning of Newness in Korean Cinema: Korean New Waves and After

Korea Journal, (P)0023-3900; (E)2733-9343
2006, v.46 no.1, pp.36-59

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Abstract

Contemporary Korean cinema is both innovative and industrially successful. Its historic achievement dates back to the cinema movement from the 1980s to the mid-1990s and its effect, the so-called Korean New Wave. The Korean New Wave films tried to overcome the limitations of modern Korean movies with auteurism and realism, showing a departure in its criticism of mainstream movies and oppressive social conditions.Since the mid-1990s, however, Korean films have diverged again from the Korean New Wave. While critical attitudes and a search for realism significantly waned, an ironic tendency and interests in genre and mass culture grew. Post-Korean New Wave films now focus on image more than on theme, which tells us that the newness of todays Korean cinema only functions as a stylistic strategy used to distinguish themselves from other films. Closely related to changes in Korean politics, economy, and culture are those of the meaning, role, and function of newness in Korean films, through which we can understand the circumstances and trends of Korean films today.

keywords
Korean cinema Korean New Wave auteurism realism irony spectacle Desire for Newness and Korean New WaveNewness and innovation has been largely welcomed throughout film history whatever its country of origin. Generally in the writings of most Korean cinema Korean New Wave auteurism realism irony spectacle Desire for Newness and Korean New WaveNewness and innovation has been largely welcomed throughout film history whatever its country of origin. Generally in the writings of most

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