Kitano's honor

Jason Gray loaded_films
Tue Aug 31 00:09:55 EDT 2004


I should say that my statement of Korea being "bankrupt"
of ideas was gleaned from how they presented this
little-known (to the general public) fact about these
rip-off/remakes. as well as the website's kaisetsu.
"Bankrupt" is my word. Let me put it that it came across
as if Japan wanted to take some credit for the path
leading up to Korea's current mega-success.

Anyway, I believe the movie they used was:

?????????(Dorodarake no junjou), 1963, Nikkatsu,
with gorgeous Yoshinaga Sayuri

--- Mark Nornes <amnornes at> ?????????
> On Aug 31, 2004, at 1:33 AM, Jason Gray wrote:
> > But once upon a time, Korea was bankrupt of ideas
> and
> > turned to Japan's seishun eiga boom in the 1960s
> for
> > material
> As nice to Koreans as they are to Iranians, eh?
> I have also heard of Korean filmmakers stopping in
> Tokyo on a layover 
> from somewhere else. They check out what's hitting
> in Japan, and then 
> go reproduce it back home. The example I heard was
> an Ozu film!  (I'd 
> love to see if they copied Ozu down to the shot!)
> What exactly was going on here? Setting aside
> Takeshi's setsu about 
> lack of creativity, we can certainly say it has
> something to do with 
> the ban on Japanese films in Korea. Was it simply a
> stunningly 
> elaborate version of the remake/rip-off---Batman
> reproduced in the 
> Philippines or the Ring in the US? The former
> example shows how 
> prestige is borrowed, while the latter is a matter
> of creativity.
> I suppose the first step would be finding out how
> much people knew 
> about Japanese cinema despite the ban. And to what
> degree were these 
> films coded as foreign, generically or even as
> adaptations? What does 
> this say about Japan-Korean relations in pop
> culture?  This hints at a 
> fascinating relationship between Japanese and Korean
> cinema beyond the 
> colonial era and into the days of the embargo.
> Anyone looking for a dissertation topic?
> Markus

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