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4 Locating Cosmopolitanism in the Films of E J-Yong
South Korean (hereafter Korean) film director E J-yong (aka Lee Je-yong)’s filmography has been described as ‘curious’ by some commentators. This mainly stems from the fact that his films vary widely in terms of genre, sources and subject matter. A rundown of his feature films seems to prove that there is no clear thematic or stylistic continuity in E’s films. His 1998 debut feature An Affair (Chŏng-sa) is a quietly subversive melodrama about a married woman who falls in love with her younger sister’s fiancé, while his second film Asako in Ruby Shoes (Sunaebo, 2000) is a slow-paced art-house film that details the lives of a Korean civil servant living in Seoul and a young Japanese woman in Tokyo who turns to performing for a live-cam porno website to fund her trip to Alaska. E’s third and most successful film to date, Untold Scandal (Sŭk’aendal: Chosŏn namnyŏ sangyŏlchisa, 2003), is a historical costume drama based on the French epistolary novel Les Liaisons Dangereuses (1782) by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos and inspired by Stephen Frears’s 1988 film Dangerous Liaisons, while 2006 film Dasepo Naughty Girls (Dasep’o sonyŏ) is a musical comedy based on a popular web-comic (or Internet comic strip). His next projects – Actresses (Yŏ-pae-u-dŭl, 2009) and Behind the Camera: Why Mr E Went to Hollywood (Dwit-tam-hwa: kamdok-i mich’yŏt-sŏ-yo, 2013) – are...
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