The Pacific Rim

David Martin-Jones

in Deleuze, Cinema and National Identity

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print March 2006 | ISBN: 9780748622443
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748651085 | DOI:
The Pacific Rim

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This chapter examines three films from Asian Pacific Rim countries: Too Many Ways to be Number One (Hong Kong, 1997), Chaos (Japan, 1999) and Peppermint Candy (South Korea, 2000), which are singled out because they have, by turns, a multiple, a jumbled and a reversed narrative structure. They are examined chronologically, each time with reference to a number of other films from their respective national cinemas. Although there are numerous difficulties attached to labelling South Korea and Hong Kong ‘nations’, the unusual narratives of these three films are, nevertheless, again viewed as attempts to negotiate ‘national’ identity in the face of changing historical circumstances. The extent to which each film de- or reterritorialises the movement-image is to a large degree a product of the national context in which it was produced.

Keywords: Pacific Rim; Too Many Ways; Chaos; Peppermint Candy; national identity; movement-image

Chapter.  15730 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Film

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