Koreans in Japanese films

Melissa Wender melissa.wender
Fri Oct 11 10:57:38 EDT 2002

Oh, and just a correction to my earlier email.  I got the name of the
director of Anyong Kimch'i wrong.  It's Matsue, not Matsukawa.

Aaron Gerow wrote:

> >I am thinking of using Family Game (1984), where there seemed to be an
> >allusion to the family's ethnic origin, to Go (2001), the full-fledged
> >discussion about the Korean identity in Japan. I would greatly appreciate
> >any other suggestions about this topic. Thank you.
> There are dozens and dozens of films you could deal with here. One place
> to start would be Yomota Inuhiko's _Ajia no naka no Nihon eiga_ (Iwanami,
> 2001), which includes some long discussions of the representation of
> Koreans in Japanese film and cites a lot of particular texts. Yomota
> focuses in particular on yakuza movies which were some of the first
> "mainstream" films to acknowledge the presence of Koreans. Milissa cited
> the One Korea site, and that article is written by Monma Takashi, a
> critic who makes a specialty of discussing Asian representations of Japan
> and Japanese representations of Asians. Looking for more of his articles
> will help a lot.
> Some additions to the films already mentioned:
> Jingi no hakaba
> Gaki teikoku
> Gama: Getto no hana
> Fudoh (and some other Miike films)
> Shin Jingi naki tatakai (Sakamoto's version)
> There's also a new film coming out: Yo o kakete
> (http://www.yoruwo-kakete.com/)
> And do be careful about Go. Some on the zainichi community, like Sai
> Yoichi, had major problems with it (as did I). Those debates may be
> interesting to look into.
> Aaron Gerow
> Associate Professor
> International Student Center
> Yokohama National University
> 79-1 Tokiwadai
> Hodogaya-ku, Yokohama 240-8501
> E-mail: gerow at ynu.ac.jp
> Phone: 81-45-339-3170
> Fax: 81-45-339-3171

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