Traces of Time in Traces of Love (2006): South Korean national history and the time-image

Martin-Jones, D. (2007) Traces of Time in Traces of Love (2006): South Korean national history and the time-image. Asian Cinema, 18(2), (doi: 10.1386/ac.18.2.252_1)

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Abstract

This article examines the representation of time in the recent South Korean film Traces of Love. It analyzes how the film’s disrupted narrative time scheme examines recent national history. On several occasions, Traces of Love creates time-images that deliberately confuse events in the past and present. In this way, it explores the recent trauma of national economic collapse. The timeimage is integral to the film’s attempts to provide an upbeat message concerning South Korea’s future. Thus this article demonstrates that, although Deleuze’s ideas are rarely applied to Asian cinemas, they are key to understanding the way Traces of Love manipulates narrative time to explore recent South Korean national history.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Martin-Jones, Professor David
Authors: Martin-Jones, D.
College/School:College of Arts > School of Culture and Creative Arts > Theatre Film and TV Studies
Journal Name:Asian Cinema
ISSN:1059-440X
ISSN (Online):2049-6710

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