Research Expertise and Interest
Korean cinema, Korean culture
Jinsoo An, Associate Professor and Choong Kun Cho Chair in Korean Studies, received his M.A. and Ph.D. from the Dept. of Film and Television at UCLA with his dissertation on post-war Korean cinema and national identity. He has written on topics related to Korean cinema including representation of Christianity, nationalism, historical drama, popular justice and legal formalism and cult film aesthetics. His articles have appeared in positions: asia critique, Journal of Korean Studies, Journal of Japanese and Korean Cinema, and China Review. His 2018 book, Parameters of Disavowal: Colonial Representation in South Korean Cinema, reassesses South Korea's cinematic rendition of the colonial past as a particular type of knowledge production integral to the historic-cultural logic of the Cold War system. His current research focuses on the films of South Korean director Kim Ki-young.