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Revisiting Cold War Propaganda: Close Readings of Chinese and American Film Representations of the Korean War

Revisiting Cold War Propaganda: Close Readings of Chinese and American Film Representations of... <jats:sec><jats:title>Abstract</jats:title><jats:p>No doubt the most memorable 1950s American propaganda film on the Korean War was Pork Chop Hill (1959), directed by Lewis Milestone, who made the anti-war classic All Quiet on the Western Front (1930). The most popular and influential on the Chinese side was Shangganling (The Battle of Sangkumryung Ridge or The Battle of Triangle Hill; 1956). Both deal with a single battle in which a small, dedicated unit is seen defending a remote hill top in the face of an overwhelming enemy onslaught. Their purpose was to convey political messages and teach long-term lessons to members of the audience well after the Korean War was over. But a shot by shot and character by character comparison and close reading reveals both parallels and differences.</jats:p> </jats:sec> http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of American-East Asian Relations Brill

Revisiting Cold War Propaganda: Close Readings of Chinese and American Film Representations of the Korean War

Journal of American-East Asian Relations , Volume 17 (4): 352 – Jan 1, 2010

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Publisher
Brill
Copyright
© 2010 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
ISSN
1058-3947
eISSN
1876-5610
DOI
10.1163/187656111X564298
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Abstract

<jats:sec><jats:title>Abstract</jats:title><jats:p>No doubt the most memorable 1950s American propaganda film on the Korean War was Pork Chop Hill (1959), directed by Lewis Milestone, who made the anti-war classic All Quiet on the Western Front (1930). The most popular and influential on the Chinese side was Shangganling (The Battle of Sangkumryung Ridge or The Battle of Triangle Hill; 1956). Both deal with a single battle in which a small, dedicated unit is seen defending a remote hill top in the face of an overwhelming enemy onslaught. Their purpose was to convey political messages and teach long-term lessons to members of the audience well after the Korean War was over. But a shot by shot and character by character comparison and close reading reveals both parallels and differences.</jats:p> </jats:sec>

Journal

Journal of American-East Asian RelationsBrill

Published: Jan 1, 2010

Keywords: PORK CHOP HILL; PROPAGANDA; COLD WAR; KOREAN WAR; SHANGGANLING

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