A “Greater East Asian” Film for Becoming Japanese
Yonsei University’s Institute for the Study of Korean Modernity will host the Korean premiere of Calling Australia! (c1943) and its two related films with the cooperation of Han Sang Kim, Assistant Professor of Sociology at Ajou University, who discovered the films from the National Film & Sound Archive of Australia. Directed by Hŏ Yŏng (1908-52), also known as Hinatsu Eitaro or Dr. Huyung, Calling Australia! is a notorious propaganda film that manipulated the life of Australian prisoners of war in Java, Indonesia under the Imperial Japanese Army’s control, to persuade Australia into joining the Greater East Asian Co-Prosperity Sphere. As a film made by an ethnic Korean filmmaker who was affiliated with the Imperial Japanese Army, starring Australian, British, and Dutch white prisoners, what significance does the geographical and historical positionality of this film hold in the historiography of Korean cinema? What can we interpret from the life of Hŏ Yŏng who eagerly wanted to become Japanese and, after the fall of the Japanese Empire, then became a sincere supporter of Indonesia’s independence movement? This screening will be an opportunity to take the first step to answer these questions. Almost all dialogues in English with Korean subtitles (Some Japanese dialogues with both Korean and English subtitles).
Day 1: Sunday, October 27, Yonsei University Mirae Campus, Cheongsong Hall 152
13:30 Calling Australia! P.O.W. Presentation: An Australian Message (c1943, 32min) + Nippon Presents (1945, 37min)
15:50 Prisoners of Propaganda (1987, 59min)
Day 2: Monday, October 28, Yonsei University Mirae Campus, Cheongsong Hall 569
14:00 Prisoners of Propaganda (1987, 59min) + Calling Australia! P.O.W. Presentation: An Australian Message (c1943, 32min) + Nippon Presents (1945, 37min)
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