In recent decades, numerous urban crime films from Japan, Korea, and Hong Kong have emerged using characteristics associated with film noir. In this chapter, Kelso-Marsh challenges the perception that East Asian noir films simply mimic American formulations of the genre. In tracing the intra-regional flow of genre adaptation within East Asia, the chapter provides a case for how the development of Korean noir films emerges from cinematic aesthetics that are specific to the East Asia region. For example, by forging connections such as those between the Japanese 1960s yakuza film and the “heroic bloodshed” films of 1980s Hong Kong, the chapter pertinently highlights how the intra-regional flow of Korean noir films provide an example of a truly transnational cinematic mode beyond Hollywood.
|Title of host publication||Renegotiating Film Genres in East Asian Cinemas and Beyond|
|Editors||Lin Feng, James Aston|
|Publication status||Published - 2020|
|Name||East Asian Popular Culture|