Virtual Hallyu
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Virtual Hallyu

Korean Cinema of the Global Era

Kyung Hyun Kim

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Virtual Hallyu

Korean Cinema of the Global Era

Kyung Hyun Kim

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About This Book

"[T]his fine book.... enlarges our vision of one of the great national cinematic flowerings of the last decade."—Martin Scorsese, from the foreword

In the late 1990s, South Korean film and other cultural products, broadly known as hallyu (Korean wave), gained unprecedented international popularity. Korean films earned an all-time high of $60.3 million in Japan in 2005, and they outperformed their Hollywood competitors at Korean box offices. In Virtual Hallyu, Kyung Hyun Kim reflects on the precariousness of Korean cinema's success over the past decade. Arguing that state film policies and socioeconomic factors cannot fully explain cinema's true potentiality, Kim draws on Deleuze's concept of the virtual—according to which past and present and truth and falsehood coexist—to analyze the temporal anxieties and cinematic ironies embedded in screen figures such as a made-in-the-USA aquatic monster ( The Host ), a postmodern Chosun-era wizard ( Jeon Woo-chi ), a schizo man-child ( Oasis ), a weepy North Korean terrorist ( Typhoon ), a salary man turned vengeful fighting machine ( Oldboy ), and a sick nationalist (the repatriated colonial-era film Spring of Korean Peninsula ). Kim maintains that the full significance of hallyu can only be understood by exposing the implicit and explicit ideologies of protonationalism and capitalism that, along with Korea's ambiguous post-democratization and neoliberalism, are etched against the celluloid surfaces.

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Table of contents

  1. Contents
  2. Foreword by Martin Scorsese
  3. Preface
  4. Introduction: Hallyu’s Virtuality
  5. One: Virtual Landscapes: Sopyonje, The Power of Kangwon Province, and The Host
  6. Two: Viral Colony: Spring of Korean Peninsula and Epitaph
  7. Three: Virtual Dictatorship: The President’s Barber and The President’s Last Bang
  8. Four: Mea Culpa: Reading the North Korean as an Ethnic Other
  9. Five: Hong Sang- soo’s Death, Eroticism,and Virtual Nationalism
  10. Six: Virtual Trauma: Lee Chang-dong’s Oasis and Secret Sunshine
  11. Seven: Park Chan- wook’s “Unknowable” Oldboy
  12. Eight: The End of History, the Historical Films’ Beginning: Korea’s New Sagŭk
  13. Notes
  14. Bibliography
  15. Index
Citation styles for Virtual Hallyu

APA 6 Citation

Kim, K. H. (2011). Virtual Hallyu ([edition unavailable]). Duke University Press. Retrieved from (Original work published 2011)

Chicago Citation

Kim, Kyung Hyun. (2011) 2011. Virtual Hallyu. [Edition unavailable]. Duke University Press.

Harvard Citation

Kim, K. H. (2011) Virtual Hallyu. [edition unavailable]. Duke University Press. Available at: (Accessed: 14 October 2022).

MLA 7 Citation

Kim, Kyung Hyun. Virtual Hallyu. [edition unavailable]. Duke University Press, 2011. Web. 14 Oct. 2022.