Publication Date

2017-12-12

Availability

Open access

Embargo Period

2017-12-12

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (MSArch)

Department

Architecture (Architecture)

Date of Defense

2017-11-17

First Committee Member

Richard T. John

Second Committee Member

Katherine J. Wheeler

Third Committee Member

Edward J. Erwin

Abstract

Park Chan Wook is one of South Korea’s foremost contemporary film directors. This thesis examines the evolving role of architecture in nine of Park’s feature-length films, beginning with his directorial debut in 1992 with The Moon is…the Sun’s Dream to his most recent work in 2016, The Handmaiden. Through the lens of auteur theory, the thesis draws connections between Park’s personal relationship to architecture and the representation and use of buildings and their spaces in his films. Analyzing the films in chronological order, the thesis documents how Park’s use of architecture changes throughout his oeuvre. The thesis weaves together biographical information and diegetic data to explore how Park’s architectural aesthetic develops throughout his directorial career.

Keywords

park chan wook; south korean cinema; auteur theory; architectural history and theory; film studies; interdisciplinary

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