Korean Cinematheque: Male Affections: Re-Gendering Korean Masculinity
Chaired by Carter J. Eckert, Yoon Se Young Professor of Korean History, Harvard University
Discussant: Insoo Cho, Associate Professor, Korea National University of Arts
This series seeks to examine how society defines Korean masculinity and how contemporary Korean men struggle to break free of social norms and expectations. Five select films problematize the notion of contemporary Korean masculinity in the wake of South Korea’s democratization in the 1990s through artistic visions of individual directors of the New Korean Cinema. The program makes an attempt to elicit a more complex understanding of male subjectivity and identity as a result of multiple negotiations within rapidly changing Korean culture and society.