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Horror to the ExtremeChanging Boundaries in Asian Cinema$
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Jinhee Choi and Mitsuyo Wada-Marciano

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9789622099722

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789622099722.001.0001

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That Unobscure Object of Desire and Horror:

That Unobscure Object of Desire and Horror:

On Some Uncanny Things in Recent Korean Horror Films

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(p.162) (p.163) 9 That Unobscure Object of Desire and Horror:
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Horror to the Extreme
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Hyun-suk Seo

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Hong Kong University Press
DOI:10.5790/hongkong/9789622099722.003.0009

This chapter examines how the fetishistic system of signification regenerates horror and desire in Korean horror films. It focuses on the common motifs of “resentment”, “jealousy,” and “revenge” in object-oriented films such as The Red Shoes (Bunhongsin, 2005), Phone (Pon, 2002), Acacia (2003), The Wig (Gabal, Won Shin-yeon, 2005), Cello (Chello hongmijoo ilga salinsagan, 2005), and Apartment (APT, 2006). It suggests that these films are driven by a female protagonist's attachment to personal objects that once belonged to the dead. Such uncanny objects emanate both attraction and repulsion, which express the heroine's role within patriarchal discourses that reproduce women's desires and anxieties through phallocentric fantasy.

Keywords:   fetishistic system, resentment, jealousy, revenge, object-oriented films, The Red Shoes, Phone, Acacia, Apartment

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