Movie Migrations
306 pages, 6 x 9
30 photographs, 1 figure, 2 ta
Release Date:06 Jul 2015
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Movie Migrations

Transnational Genre Flows and South Korean Cinema

Rutgers University Press
As the two billion YouTube views for “Gangnam Style” would indicate, South Korean popular culture has begun to enjoy new prominence on the global stage. Yet, as this timely new study reveals, the nation’s film industry has long been a hub for transnational exchange, producing movies that put a unique spin on familiar genres, while influencing world cinema from Hollywood to Bollywood. 
Movie Migrations is not only an introduction to one of the world’s most vibrant national cinemas, but also a provocative call to reimagine the very concepts of “national cinemas” and “film genre.” Challenging traditional critical assumptions that place Hollywood at the center of genre production, Hye Seung Chung and David Scott Diffrient bring South Korean cinema to the forefront of recent and ongoing debates about globalization and transnationalism. In each chapter they track a different way that South Korean filmmakers have adapted material from foreign sources, resulting in everything from the Manchurian Western to The Host’s reinvention of the Godzilla mythos. 
Spanning a wide range of genres, the book introduces readers to classics from the 1950s and 1960s Golden Age of South Korean cinema, while offering fresh perspectives on recent favorites like Oldboy and Thirst. Perfect not only for fans of Korean film, but for anyone curious about media in an era of globalization, Movie Migrations will give readers a new appreciation for the creative act of cross-cultural adaptation. 

Movie Migrations offers insightful readings of the deep connections between Korean and foreign films. A model of transnational scholarship, it will revitalize genre studies. Christina Klein, author of Cold War Orientalism
Brimming with insight and detail, this is the go-to book for South Korean genre cinema, a remarkable achievement of scholarship, richly detailed with frame grabs and production stills … Highly recommended. CHOICE
Deftly weaves together eclectic, interdisciplinary references, from transnational literary studies to political economy, translation and adaptation studies, film genre studies, and inter-Asian Pacific Rim cultural studies. The Journal of Asian Studies
A magnificent service to the scholarly analysis of South Korean cinema. This book is insightful, eloquent, and fully engaged. It has been researched and written with tremendous rigour and commitment. Julian Stringer, University of Nottingham
HYE SEUNG CHUNG is an associate professor of film and media studies in the department of communication studies at Colorado State University. She is the author of Hollywood Asian: Philip Ahn and the Politics of Cross-Ethnic Performance and Kim Ki-duk.
DAVID SCOTT DIFFRIENT is the William E. Morgan Endowed Chair of Liberal Arts and associate professor of film and media studies in the department of communication studies at Colorado State University. He is the author of Omnibus Films: Theorizing Transauthorial Cinema.
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