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Pak Ch'an-Uk's Oldboy: A Film About Futile Violence and Revenge
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Asian, Middle Eastern and Turkish Studies, Korean Studies.
2018 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Pak Ch’an-uk is one of the most popular directors in Korea and his films have been successful both domestically and internationally. His films are known to contain a large amount of violence and other sensitive subjects, which has raised a lot of discussion and criticism. Pak Ch’an-uk’s most well-known film, Oldboy, is no exception. Oldboy has been discussed by film studies scholars from a variety of angles. This thesis discusses the film rather from the perspective of Korean Studies, taking the Korean cultural and historical context in mind. This study analyzes the meaning of the violence and revenge in Oldboy and explores how the themes and references in the film relate to non-diegetic events in Korea’s recent history, as well as how those references function as social criticism. The thesis also looks into the question why the film has received criticism for its violence and suggests cultural and linguistic barriers as a potential reason for this criticism.

Abstract [sv]

Pak Ch’an-uk är en av Koreas mest populära regissörer i Korea. Hans filmer har haft stor succé både inrikes och utrikes. Hans filmer är rika på våld och andra känsliga ämnen, vilket har resulterat i mycket diskussion och kritik mot hans filmer. Han mest välkända film, Oldboy, är inget undantag. Oldboy har blivit diskuterad av forskare inom film, men den här studien diskuterar filmen från ett koreastudieperspektiv, och analyserar därmed filmen med Koreas kultur i åtanke. Den här studien analyserar betydelsen av våldet och hämnden i Oldboy och undersöker hur teman och referenserna i filmen relaterar till extradiegetiska händelser i Koreas historia, samt hur dessa referenser fungerar som kritik. Studien tar även upp kritiken som Oldboy har fått på grund av filmens våld och framställer kulturella och språkliga hinder som en potentiell anledning för kritiken.

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2018. , p. 37
Keywords [en]
Pak Ch'an-uk, Korean film, film analysis, Oldboy, revenge, violence, greed
Keywords [sv]
Pak Ch'an-uk, koreansk film, filmanalys, Oldboy, hämnd, våld, girighet
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Cultural Studies Specific Languages
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-157966OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-157966DiVA, id: diva2:1229631
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Available from: 2018-07-03 Created: 2018-07-01 Last updated: 2018-07-03Bibliographically approved

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