“Tell the Kitchen That There's Too Much <i>Buchu</i> in the Dumpling”:

Kyung Hyun Kim

in Horror to the Extreme

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print June 2009 | ISBN: 9789622099722
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9789882207028 | DOI:
“Tell the Kitchen That There's Too Much Buchu in the Dumpling”:

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This chapter examines Park Chan Wook's “vengeance trilogy”: Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance (Boksuneun naui geot, 2002), Oldboy (2003), and Sympathy for Lady Vengeance (Chinjeolhan geumjassi, 2005). It analyzes a number of elements that characterize the main trope of Park's films including the trope of captivity, mystification of spatial markers, separation of planes of representation and signification, and the camera's “flat” wide-angle shot. It also evaluates whether or not the post-politics or anti-history of Park Chan-wook can yield a political reading when placed in a Korean historical context.

Keywords: Park Chan Wook; Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance; Oldboy; Sympathy for Lady Vengeance; post-politics

Chapter.  8306 words. 

Subjects: Film

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