<i>Pacchigi!</i> and <i>Go</i>: Representing <i>Zainichi</i> in Recent Cinema

Ichiro Kuraishi

in Diaspora without Homeland

Published by University of California Press

Published in print April 2009 | ISBN: 9780520098633
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520916197 | DOI:
Pacchigi! and Go: Representing Zainichi in Recent Cinema

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This article appraises the contemporary portrayal of the Korean diaspora by and, in the Japanese imagination, with reference to two movies, Pacchigi and Go. The former, while portraying elements such as Zainichi poverty, a discriminatory and hostile attitude, and other scars from Japanese colonialism, retains a conciliatory tool for the relief of the Japanese audience—the death of the Korean protagonist, which effectively enables Japanese audiences to reconcile the Zainichi tragedy as something that can be eliminated from memory. This is further validated by inferring contrast between him and the Japanese hero, Kösuke. Go, an individualist perspective on the Korean diaspora portrays its elements with obvious constructivist attitude—a North Korean character dies, all Zainichi characters owe allegiance to North Korea and Chongryun. Also, quite effectively, the repatriation to North Korea is maneuvered separate from the present. The movie concludes with the end of the hero's commitment to North Korean elements.

Keywords: Pacchigi; Go; Chongryun; repatriation; Zainichi poverty; Japanese audience

Chapter.  5333 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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