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Hana Lee - 9 How Are Historic Events Remembered? North Korean War Films on the Inchon Landing Operation
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9 How Are Historic Events Remembered? North Korean War Films on the Inchon Landing Operation1
Cinema in North Korea has always been understood as more than a simple means of entertaining or educating the people. As one of North Korea’s cultural systems, it represents a national symbol in and of itself; thus North Korea is often understood as a ‘Theatre State’ through its use of a visual-symbol system that substitutes reality by displaying and preserving the regime’s power (Geertz 1980; Wada 2012; Kwon and Chung 2012). Cinema is in many ways the epitome of visual media, and states such as North Korea investing heavily in cinema prioritise the visual to emphasise its value as a propaganda tool.
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