The Korean War in Cinematography

Korean Minjok Leadership Academy

Table of Contents

June 9th 2008
June 9th 2008
June 9th 2008
June 5th 2008
May 2nd 2008
April 5th 2008

June 9th 2008 . . . go to Criteria of Selection of Films

I do assume that Korean books have publishers and years of publication; also add the English translation of the titles. Add websites, such as relevant Wikipedia articles, IMDb etc.

June 9th 2008 . . . go to Criteria of Selection of Films

The criteria you list are "more historically accurate" vs. "less historically accurate" respectively "Korean War central theme" vs. "Korean War provides the background to another story".
These are valid criteria, and perhaps you find existing papers / websites on the Korean War apply them.
 &mbsp;&mbsp;  Start with : what question(s) do you want to answer ? The accurate depiction of military events is the number one criterion ofb military history buffs, and you will find a number of sources commenting on this one.
I give you an example. Years ago I was approached by a guy who wrote the Korean subtitles for an American tv series called "Combat". It was about the feats of a U.S. army platoon from D Day 1944 to the German surrender in May 1945, making their way from the beaches of Normandy to the Rhine and beyond. The episodes I had to watch hurt my eyes and my ears. Needless to say, German tv never broadcast that series.
(a) Most of the movies were not filmed on location, but somewhere in the American midwest; the vegetation was of a kind impossible to find in northern France, Belgium or western Germany.
(b) No barns / farmhouses as depicted in that episode exist on the entire European continent.
(c) The actors put into German uniforms have been given German lines to speak, but had no clue how to pronounce it and I had to run their conversation up to 7 times in order to guess what the scriptwriter had tried them to say.
(d) At a time when the war came to a close, when everything was in short supply, the actors playing German soldiers were put in brand new uniforms, wore shining boots.
Your criteria can, and should go beyond the accuracy of military events; if in World War II movies American filmmakers had difficulty credibly portraying Germans, the problems must have been of a considerably larger scale when they had to portray a society so much more different from their own.
Please think of what aspects you would like to observe; I hope for more original aspects than those expressed in your criteria (you can leave those, but add a few).

June 9th 2008 . . . go to Filmography

In your email you distinguish between older and younger movies, available and unavailable movies. In your next update of the filmography, list the years of production, define unavailability and mark the unavailable movies with a * or another indicator of your choice.

June 5th 2008 . . . go to Student's 2nd Draft

(1) Hyo Jin, when I post papers of my students I am in the habit of occasionally implementing a correction, be it grammatically, spelling, stylistic or or a historical nature. Example you state in the intro : The Korean War has often been dubbed ...; I added In English language publications, the Korean War has often been dubbed ....
I EXPECT you, and all of your colleagues, to continue with the posted version of the text, not with the file you have saved on your computer. Check the posted text for more deviations from your file.
(2) Regarding your bibliography : I resorted them by Wikipedia Articles, IMDB entries etc. You quoted one source inconsistently : once as eFilmCritic, all other times by the main web address. I standardized it to eFilmCritic. I had to take Korean characters out of notes and bibliographic entries, as I do not know how to post them in Hangul.
(3) Note 15 : requires a page number.

Now general remarks about the state of your research paper.
In the last two months the only changes you implemented was the addition of endnotes and references which should have been part of the first draft in the first place. I do know that school has scheduled our class at a time when it is habitually cancelled, and you found yourself in a situation where you had to produce a lot of artwork in a very short time, but in life you may face similar challenges and still have to make things work. From a research paper I expect the following :
(4) A complete filmography of movies dealing with the Korean War
(5) A discussion of your criteria of selection. As I told you before, the Korean War is so much more than just military history; it severely affects society and economy, produces culture clash situations etc.
(6) More thorough inclusion of books; you use just three, all of them in English language. Are there no Korean language books ?
(7) More thorough inclusion of Korean language movies
(8) An attempt to classify deviations from history by lack of information, lack of understanding, wilful neglect, the need to appease public opinion (in the culture for which the movie is made), or the desire to 'pep up' the story by dramatizing it, or other motives you may encounter in your observation.
(9) What questions do you try to answer ? As listed in your second draft, already a number of websites list and examine movies featuring the Korean War. Such sources may point at obvious inaccuracies when it comes to military events.
I hope for an independent analysis : the war provided for a culture clash situation of large scale. American pilots shot at Korean gravesites because they mistook them for positions where enemy soldiers had dug in etc etc. How do American movie directors portray Korea, i.e. the landscape, the desparate situation the Korean people find themselves in, Korean tradition etc.etc. ? Do these American movies distinguish between the "good Koreans" and the "bad Koreans" ? Do these movies refer to the Japanese occupation ? Do they produce a reflection of the Korean war presentable to a Korean audience ? On the other hand, what image do Korean movies portray of the foreign (mainly U.S.) troops in Korea ? What about friendly fire incidents ?
It will not be possible for you to answer all these questions. But I want you to think them through, to decide what you want to achieve, to be less reliant on sources which predigested the matter. And when you select movies, a piece of advice : pick some of the bad ones, too. They supply you with more material to write about.
(10) For the final draft, we will need to give complete notes and references, i.e. include the Korean language titles and names where appropriate. Such a list of notres and references you produce as a gif file; see into AIC's, CSB's logs for examples.

So your paper needs a thorough reorganization; start with a complete filmography, defining what you want to focus on, a selection of movies by your new list of criteria, a new working table of contents and bibliography (list of references) including websites. For this semester, you are done.

May 2nd 2008 . . . go to Student's 1st Draft

Topic title "The Korean War in Cinematography". Your first draft has neither footnotes nor a reference list. You at one time refer to the Wikipedia, but fail to mention the specific article.
You should compile lists of movies made on the topic of the Korean War, both in the U.S. and in Korea, write a chapter in which you explain your selection of the movies.
Your first draft is okay, but as already mentioned lacks support (notes, references) and is not that convincing because of the small number of movies selected.

Write a working table of contents and a bibliography.

April 5th 2008 . . . go to Student's Log

A possible research paper topic which does cover your interest in the arts :
Picasso and Politics
could contain a chapter on his biography - his social background, political views during the Spanish Civil War, during WW II, his becoming a member of the French Communist Party, political paintings, Soviet perception of his paintings, contradiction of lfestyle and political beliefs
further Guernica and Political Propaganda
Peace Dove and Political Propaganda
Korean War painting
Background : Communism and the Bourgeois Society in France 1900-1960

There is a movie about Picasso painting Guernica 1950