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Secretly, Greatly (Ŭnmilhage widaehage)

Secretly, Greatly (Ŭnmilhage widaehage) Film Re views Secr etl Gr eatl (Unm ilha e widaeha e) directed by Chang y, y g g Ch'olsu. South Korea. 124 minutes. 2013. Director Chang Ch'olsu's Sec retl , Gr eatl (Unm ilha e widae ha e, 2013) contin­ y y g g ues a successful South Korean box office blockbuster formula : center your film on North Korea's formidable military, especially its special forces units who are commanded to infiltrate South Korea as sleeper agents. These antagonists are then represented as humanized individuals who are allowed to form emotional and even romantic bonds with South Koreans despite over half a century of political divi­ sion. This was, in part, Kang Chegyu's Koreanized blockbuster concept for Swiri (Shiri , 1999). Since then, ranking South Korean action films dealing with North Korea's formidable military and its policy of unification by force have guaranteed entry into each year's top box office listing. To name j ust a few, this list includes J.S .A.: Jo int Sec uri ty Area (Ko n don kyo n bi ku ok JS A, directed by Pak g g g y Ch'anuk, 2000), Silmido (directed by Kang U sok, 2003), Tae Guk Gi: The http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Korean Studies Duke University Press

Secretly, Greatly (Ŭnmilhage widaehage)

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Copyright © 2015 by the Trustees of Columbia University in the City of New York
ISSN
0731-1613
eISSN
2158-1665
DOI
10.1353/jks.2015.0015
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Abstract

Film Re views Secr etl Gr eatl (Unm ilha e widaeha e) directed by Chang y, y g g Ch'olsu. South Korea. 124 minutes. 2013. Director Chang Ch'olsu's Sec retl , Gr eatl (Unm ilha e widae ha e, 2013) contin­ y y g g ues a successful South Korean box office blockbuster formula : center your film on North Korea's formidable military, especially its special forces units who are commanded to infiltrate South Korea as sleeper agents. These antagonists are then represented as humanized individuals who are allowed to form emotional and even romantic bonds with South Koreans despite over half a century of political divi­ sion. This was, in part, Kang Chegyu's Koreanized blockbuster concept for Swiri (Shiri , 1999). Since then, ranking South Korean action films dealing with North Korea's formidable military and its policy of unification by force have guaranteed entry into each year's top box office listing. To name j ust a few, this list includes J.S .A.: Jo int Sec uri ty Area (Ko n don kyo n bi ku ok JS A, directed by Pak g g g y Ch'anuk, 2000), Silmido (directed by Kang U sok, 2003), Tae Guk Gi: The

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Journal of Korean StudiesDuke University Press

Published: Sep 15, 2015

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