Bong Joon Ho

Author: Joseph Jonghyun Jeon
Global entanglements
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Paper – $22
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Publication Date
Paperback: 11/19/2024
Cloth: 11/19/2024
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About the Book

Successful cult films like The Host and Snowpiercer proved to be harbingers for Bong Joon Ho’s enormous breakthrough success with Parasite. Joseph Jonghyun Jeon provides a consideration of the director’s entire career and the themes, ambitions, techniques, and preoccupations that infuse his works. As Jeon shows, Bong’s sense of spatial and temporal dislocations creates a hall of mirrors that challenges us to answer the parallel questions Where are we? and When are we?. Jeon also traces Bong’s oeuvre from its early focus on Korea’s US-fueled modernization to examining the entanglements of globalization in Mother and his subsequent films. A complete filmography and in-depth interview with the director round out the book.

Insightful and engaging, Bong Joon Ho offers an up-to-date analysis of the genre-bending international director.

About the Author

Joseph Jonghyun Jeon is a professor of English at the University of California, Irvine. He is the author of Vicious Circuits: Korea’s IMF Cinema and the End of the American Century.



“Inventive and engaging, with elegant and grounded analyses of Bong’s oeuvre. While there are other English-language volumes now devoted to the director, Jeon’s multifaceted account of the relationship between Korea’s modern history and the trajectory of Bong’s traversal of genres, modes, and production practices yields remarkable insight.” --Michelle Cho, University of Toronto