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Hope, Despair, and Memory of the Koreans’ War

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While supporters maintain that films increase our sense of history through imagined description, critics worry that films may fictionalize and misuse historical facts.1 Films provide historical subject matter and plots, structured around historically significant ideas and developed in depth with applications to an interpretation of the contemporary world, thus creating a far more substantive historiography than any written textbook.2 They present and develop a different kind of truth, through “proximate, appropriate characters, situations, and images.”3 Films on the Korean War are an excellent resource for history educators to introduce students to the visualized world of 1950s Korea.