Practice of Care in Korean and Japanese Horror Cinema (78776)

Session Information: Media, Film Studies, Theatre, Communication
Session Chair: Ying-Ying Chen

Saturday, 25 May 2024 15:15
Session: Session 4
Room: Room 704
Presentation Type: Oral Presentation

All presentation times are UTC + 9 (Asia/Tokyo)

In my presentation, I introduce the concept of “precarious heterotopia of horror” as an useful framework for analyzing not only Korean horror films but also other socially conscious films and drama series like Parasite and The Glory, containing horror-driven elements and cinematic techniques. By breaking down genre boundaries and emphasizing interconnectedness between different filmic expressions, this approach encourages a more nuanced understanding of film as a medium for exploring complex social issues. I argue that this concept becomes particularly potent in high-school horror, as the school setting often serves as a place of contestation for teenagers who are frequently marginalized and oppressed by society before they graduate to go out into the real world. In my presentation, I focus on the 1998 film Whispering Corridors—in which a Korean high school setting functions as a site of tension between opposing forces in society while providing a space for the subversion of power dynamics among teenagers caught in the struggle between individualism and homogenization, both at the time of the their release and beyond, resonating with contemporary sociocultural issues in Korea society.

Andrew Lee, University of Pittsburgh, United States

About the Presenter(s)
Mr Andrew Lee is a University Doctoral Student at University of Pittsburgh in United States

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Last updated: 2023-02-23 23:45:00