JUMP CUT
A REVIEW OF CONTEMPORARY MEDIA

 

 

Notes

1. Han-Kyo Kim, "Politics in South Korea Since 1993," in John H. Koo and Andrew C. Nahm, eds., An Introduction to Korean Culture (Hollym, 1997), 248-253. [return to page 1 of essay]

2. Michael Robinson, Korea’s Twentieth-Century Odyssey: A Short History (University of Hawaii Press, 2007), 179-80.

3. The Hollywood studio, 20th Century Fox, released a remake of this film under the same title, My Sassy Girl, in 2008 with Elisha Cuthbert in the starring role. A Japanese television series, Ryoki Teki Na Kanojo (2008), is also based on this popular Korean film.

4. Often labeled as the next Zhang ZiYi by the South Korean Media, Jun Ji-Hyun recently accepted the opportunity to star in the Hong Kong film, Blood: The Last Vampire. This film is based on a Japanese anime and scheduled to be released in American theaters in 2009.

5. The use of a word, “sassy,” is to describe an opinionated, authoritative, and domineering quality of Jun’s on-screen persona in My Sassy Girl and Windstruck. Likewise, “quirky” will be used to describe the eccentric, wacky, and unconventional nature of her persona in these films.

6. Sung Baek-Yup, "A Study of the Strong Woman Images in Korean Cinema," Unpublished Thesis (Seokang University, 2002), 29.

7. After the commercial success of My Sassy Girl the word “sassy” entered the cultural lexicon in Korea as a popular modifier in everyday life to describe things of any unconventional nature.

8. Park Eun-Young, “A Review of Windstruck,” Cine 21, June 2004.

9. Kim Hyun-Mi, Kullobol Sidaeui Munhwabonyok [Cultural Translation in a Global Age] (Ttohanaui Munhwa, 2006), 242-244.

10. Ko Jong-Suk, “A Review of My Sassy Girl,” Cine 21, August 2001.

11. Sung Baek-Yup, 30-32.

12. Kim Min-Young, “Crying over Men, A Review of Windstruck,” Cine21, July 2004.

13. Soyoung Kim, “A Critique of Windstruck,” Cine 21, June 2004.

14. The Lake House (dir. Alejandro Agresti, 2006), in which Sandra Bullock and Keanu Reeves starred, is a Hollywood remake of this Korean film, Il Mare (2000).

15. The use of italics here indicates some form of special emphasis (e.g., tonal inflections) utilized by the respondent. The usage of italics in the transcripts hereafter, with the exception of film titles, represents emphasis by the respondent.

16. The issue of translation needs to be addressed in any study that involves data collection in multiple languages. The focus group interview with the Korean-American women (group 1) was conducted in English while the Korean women (group 2) spoke Korean in the focus group interview session. While I tried to translate as directly as possible it would be remiss to not acknowledge that certain specificities may have been lost in translation. As a translator and a researcher I strive to focus on meaning in both the star image of Jun Ji-Hyun and the larger themes that emerge from the focus group interview data.

17. Neo-Confucianism (developed by Zhu Xi during the Song dynasty in China) is the term used to distinguish this belief system from the earlier form of Confucianism by Confucius and Mencius.

18. W. Theodore DeBary et al., Sources of Chinese Tradition, Vol 1. (Columbia University Press, 1960), 457.

19. Taeyon Kim provides the social and historical processes through which the notions of female body have been constructed in Korea in “Neo-Confucian Body Techniques: Women’s Bodies in Korea’s Consumer Society,” Body and Society, Vol. 9(2), 2003.

20. Ibid.

21. Sung Baek-Yup, 18.[return to page 2]

22. Linda Williams, “When the Woman Looks,” in Mary Ann Doane, et al. eds., Revision: Essays in Feminist Film Criticism (American Film Institute, 1984), 83.

23. Ibid., 83.

24. Kim Hyun-Mi, 260-261.

25. Moon Suk, “Three Reports on Jun Ji-Hyun [3],” Cine21, June 2003.

26. Taeyon Kim, 103.

27. Iwabuchi Koichi, “From Western Gaze to Global Gaze: Japanese Cultural Presence in Asia,” in Diane Crane et.al. eds., Global Culture: Media, Arts, Policy, and Globalization, (Routledge, 2002), 270.

28. Park Mun-Ki, Starwa CF [Star Marketing] (Doonam, 2006), 100.

29. The products Jun endorses include Coca Cola, Pantene hair products, Ponds skin care products, Olympus cameras, Samsung cell phones, and LG Telecom.

30. Moon Suk, Cine 21.

31. This is a Korean phrase which means “advertisement represents the essence of capitalism.”

32. Bryan Turner, The Body and Society: Explorations in Social Theory (Sage Publications, 1996), 3-5.

33. I draw on the notion of sign-value in postmodern consumption practices from Arthur W. Frank, For a Sociology of the Body: An Analytical Review, in Mike Featherstone and Bryan Turner, eds., The Body: Social Process and Cultural Theory (Sage Publications, 1991), 36-102.

Bibliography

DeBary, W. Theodore, Wing-tsit Chan and Burton Watson, eds., Sources of Chinese Tradition. Vol. 1, New York: Columbia University Press, 1960.

Kim, Han-Kyo. “Politics in South Korea Since 1993,” in John H. Koo and Andrew C. Nahm, eds., An Introduction to Korean Culture. Seoul: Hollym International Corp., 1997.

Kim, Hyun-Mi. Kullobol Sidaeui Munhwabonyok [Cultural Translation in a Global Age], Seoul: Ttohanaui Munhwa, 2006.

Kim, Min-Young. “Crying over Men, A Review of Windstruck,” Cine21, July, 2004.
http://www.cine21.com/index/magazine.php?mag_id=25087 (accessed on 8/14/2006)

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Appendix

Group one (Korean American women in their twenties living in Kansas)

Name

Age

Ethnicity

Job

Marital status

Familiarity with Jun

Birthplace & language environment

Amy

25

Korean-American

Hair stylist

Single

Not familiar

She was adopted when she was two years old. She does not speak Korean.

Jennifer

20

Korean-Filipino-Mexican American

College student/ part time jobs

Single

Not familiar

She was born in the USA. She is in a Korean language class at KU and her mother is Korean.

Carrie

21

Korean

College student/ research assistant

Single

Not familiar

She was adopted when she was two and a half years old. She does not speak Korean.

Kate

20

Half Korean

College student

Single

She has seen My Sassy Girl.

She was born in the USA. She is in a Korean language class at KU and her mother is Korean.

Helen

20

Korean

College student

 

Single

She has seen My Sassy Girl, Daisy, Windstruck

She was born in the USA. She is from a Korean family and speaks Korean.

Elaine

20

Asian-Caucasian

College student

Single

She has heard of Jun.

She was born in the USA. She is in a Korean language class at KU and her mother is Korean.

Group two (Korean Women in their twenties living in Seoul, Korea)

Name Age Ethnicity Job Marital status Jun’s films they have seen Familiarity with Jun’s off-screen images

Bo-Yeon

22

Korean

College student

Single

White Valentine, Il Mare, My Sassy Girl, Windstruck, The Uninvited

She has read articles about Jun in newspapers and magazines. She has also seen TV soap operas and commercials in which Jun starred.

Jung-Mi

21

Korean

College student

Single

My Sassy Girl, Windstruck, The Uninvited

Same as above

Hyun-Su

21

Korean

College student

Single

Il Mare, My Sassy Girl, Windstruck

Same as above

Sung-Ah

23

Korean

College student

Single

My Sassy Girl, Windstruck, The Uninvited, Daisy

Same as above

Yu-Mi

21

Korean

College student

Single

Il Mare, My Sassy Girl, Windstruck, The Uninvited, Daisy

Same as above

Tae-Hee

21

Korean

College student

Single

Il Mare, My Sassy Girl, Windstruck, The Uninvited

Same as above