© 2016

Zainichi Cinema

Korean-in-Japan Film Culture


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Oliver Dew
    Pages 37-64
  3. Oliver Dew
    Pages 65-100
  4. Oliver Dew
    Pages 101-128
  5. Oliver Dew
    Pages 221-225
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 227-235

About this book


This book examines how filmmakers, curators, and critics created a category of transnational, Korean-in-Japan (Zainichi) Cinema, focussing on the period from the 1960s onwards. An enormously diverse swathe of films have been claimed for this cinema of the Korean diaspora, ranging across major studio yakuza films and melodramas, news reels created by ethnic associations, first-person video essays, and unlikely hits that crossed over from the indie distribution circuit to have a wide impact across the media landscape. Today, Zainichi-themed works have never had a higher profile, with new works by Matsue Tetsuaki, Sai Yoichi, and Yang Yonghi frequently shown at international festivals. Zainichi Cinema argues that central to this transnational cinema is the tension between films with an authorized claim to “represent”, and ambiguous and borderline works that require an active spectator to claim them as images of the Korean diaspora.


Zainichi Japan Korea Reception Criticism Curation Matsue Tetsuaki Sai Yoichi Yang Yonghi East Asian Cinema Japanese Studies Zainichi Koreans Transnational Cinema Diasporic Cinema World Cinema

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.LondonUnited Kingdom

About the authors

Oliver Dew was awarded his PhD by Birkbeck College, University of London, in 2012. He was a JSPS Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at Meiji Gakuin University, Tokyo 2012-14. His articles have been published in the Journal of Japanese and Korean Cinema (2014), Nihon eiga wa ikiteiru (2010), and New Cinemas (2007). 

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