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An Economy of Bodily Violence: Fragmented Bodies and Porous Borders in Korean Cinema

This essay analyzes Korean films, Traffickers (Gongmojadeul, Hong-seon Kim, 2012), Sea Fog (Haemoo, Sungbo Shim, 2014), and The Yellow Sea (Hwanghae, Na Hong-jin, 2010), to examine the motif of fragmented bodies and perilous cross-border migrations. These films depict vulnerable bodies that are at risk of being brutalized, mutilated, and dismembered according to the calculating logic of global capital.

Hye Jean Chung

Associate Professor of Cultural Studies in the School of Global Communication
Kyung Hee University in South Korea

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