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

Mode of Cinematic Plagiarism and Adaptation: How Ishizaka Yojiro’s Novels Launched Korean Youth Film

Korea Journal, (P)0023-3900; (E)2733-9343
2017, v.57 no.3, pp.56-82
https://doi.org/10.25024/kj.2017.57.3.56

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Abstract

In this article, I probe questions surrounding plagiarism and adaptation in Korean film via analysis of the two films that launched the Korean youth film genre of the mid- 1960s: Kim Ki-duk’s Gajeong gyosa (Private Tutor, 1963) and Kim Soo-yong’s Cheongchun gyosil (Classroom of Youth, 1963). Private Tutor and Classroom of Youth were based on translations of two best-selling novels by Ishizaka Yojiro: the first Hi no ataru sakamichi (A Slope in the Sun) and the second Aitsu to watashi (That Guy and I). In Japan, the same two novels were turned into films in 1958 and 1961, respectively, by Nikkatsu Film Company: one as A Slope in the Sun (1958) by Tasaka Tomotaka and the other as That Guy and I (1961) by Nakahira Ko. In this article, I examine how Ishizaka’s novels were adapted to become Private Tutor and Classroom of Youth, comparing them with the Nikkatsu films and relevant screenplays. In doing so, I reveal the system of plagiarism and adaptation at work in the Korean film scene of the early and mid-1960s.

keywords
plagiarism adaptation imitation youth film Ishizaka Yojiro Private Tutor Classroom of Youth

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