THE FEMININE and the female function The female representation in The Uninvited is totally different to A Tale of Two Sisters in that the characters are motivated by sex, whereas Two Sisters doesn’t rely on that specific Western horror trope to direct the stepmother and two daughters. The opening of The Uninvited shows the teenage … Continue reading South Korean Horror: International Successes and Cultural Customs PART THREE
THE STORY OF ROSE AND LOTUS - Janghwa Hongryeon jeon To summarise the tale of ‘Janghwa Hongryeon jeon’, a.k.a The Story of Rose and Lotus, that A Tale of Two Sisters was based on, a mother dies when her two daughters are still children and the father, her husband, remarries. The stepmother fortunately bore sons … Continue reading South Korean Horror: International Successes and Cultural Customs PART TWO
INTRODUCTION to South Korean Horror and its international acclamation With the success of the thriller Parasite (Bong Joon Ho, 2019), winner of four Oscars including Best Picture and Best Foreign Language Film, its come as no surprise that more non-Korean audiences are looking towards its industry with more anticipation than ever before. Parasite is not … Continue reading South Korean Horror: International Successes and Cultural Customs PART ONE
La Revue du Cinéma, issue n° 448, May 1989: French film critic Raphaël Bassan classes three filmmakers under the movement title ‘Cinéma du Look’. Luc Besson, of Leon (1994) notoriety and its predecessors Subway (1985) and Nikita (1990); Jean-Jacques Beineix of Betty Blue (1986) cult fame and the starting point of Cinéma du Look, Diva … Continue reading Style vs. Substance: Conflicting Cultures in the Cinéma du Look.