Genre Borrowing and Political Message in the Host

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Genre Borrowing and Political Message in The Host Released in July 2006, Bong Joon-ho’s The Host garnered both widespread popularity as the highest grossing South Korean film ever released in Korea. It was also screening at the Cannes, New York, and Toronto film festivals and seen by more than a quarter of the Korean population. The Host embodies political messages both political conditions inside Korea and its relationship with United States. Bong shows an ambivalent relationship between South Korea and United States by borrowing Hollywood genre in his films. The Host uses genre that strongly identified with Hollywood, which is blockbuster plot and monster movie. But Bong does not simply copy Hollywood. This movie is a rare combination…show more content…
Through this and other episodes, Bong satirized the very notion of Korea as the “miracle of the Han,” recasting that economic “miracle” as a mutant monster and revealing the high financial, social, and moral costs of modernization. (889) Another example of genre borrowing film is Shiri. Shiri tells about the efforts of two of South Korea’s best special agents, who uncover killings in connection to an apparent resurfacing of Hee, a legendary North Korean sniper and assassin. When it also reported that a highly-trained North Korean Special Forces team are plotting to use a dangerous new explosive in South Korea, it’s up to the agents and counter-terrorists to stop any potential threat that will further escalate the North and South Korean conflict. Like The Host, Shiri is also a big-budget movie that uses blockbuster genre, which often thought of solely as an American product or genre. But Shiri or The Host as Korean blockbuster film does not represent an imitation of the
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