Dr Jinhee Choi
Senior Lecturer in Film Studies
Tel +44 (0)20 7848 1373
Film Studies Department
King's College London
445N Norfolk Building
Research Interests and PhD supervision
Jinhee Choi was educated at Seoul National University (South Korea) and completed a B.A. and M.A. in Aesthetics. She earned two PhDs—one in Philosophy and the other in Film Studies—at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (United States) and was a postdoctorate/ visiting professor in East Asian Studies and Film Studies at Yale University. She previously taught at Carleton University (Canada) and the University of Kent before moving to King’s College in 2011.
- East Asian Cinema
- the Global Film Industry
- Classical and Contemporary Film Theories
- Philosophy of Film
I am currently working on two book projects. One focuses on South Korean cinema of the late 1950s and early 1960s, considered the Golden Age of South Korean cinema. The Golden Age was a political and cultural phenomenon during which South Korea underwent various political changes (from its First, through its Second, and onto its Third Republic) and attempted to transform itself into an industrialized nation. The book will examine how the audience’s exposure to and desire to consume American and/or “foreign” cultures as well as “the will to economize” are channeled through various narrative tropes, film styles, and star personae.
Another book project concerns East Asian sensibility. In the growing theoretical interest in emotion and affect in various disciplines over the last two decades, many scholars have zeroed in on the topic of affective engagement with visual media. This book will challenge the notion of epochal sensibility and its corresponding style or movement, a postulation that can be traced back to philosophers such as Hegel and Schiller and art historians including Heinrich Wölfflin. Instead, by focusing on such topics as East Asian sentimentalism and the sing-along, it discusses how a particular sensibility can travel through differing epochs and be shared across space at local and regional levels.
I am interested in supervising PhD theses on East Asian Cinema (popular and expereimental), film theory, film industries, cinema and sentimentality.
For more details, pleasee see my full research profile.
- Cine-Ethics: Ethical Dimensions of Film Theory, Practice and Spectatorship. Co-edited with Mattias Frey. (New York: Routledge, 2013).
- The South Korean Film Renaissance: Local Hitmakers, Global Provocateurs . (Middletown: Wesleyan University Press, 2010).
- Horror to the Extreme: Changing Boundaries in Asian Cinema. Co-ed. with Mitsuyo Wada-Marciano. (Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press, 2009).
- “Exiled in Macau: Hong Kong Neo-Noir and Paradoxical Lyricism.” In Hong Kong Neo-Noir, ed. Esther Yau and Tony Williams. (Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press, contracted).
- “From National Heroes to Local Hoodlums: South Korean Gangster Cinema.” In The Korean Cinema Book, ed. Nikki Lee and Julian Stringer. (London: BFI, contracted).
For a complete list of publications, please see Jinhee's full research profile.
Expertise and Public Engagement
Jinhee Choi has taught a wide range of modules at both the BA and MA level, including national and transnational cinemas (East Asian focus), world cinema, film theory, film analysis, film industry (the Hollywood studio system and the East Asian contemporary film industry), documentary, avant-garde, film theories and emotion, and cinema and modernism.
She has recently convened Film History: 1980 to the Present, Cinema and Sentiment, Asian Popular Cinema, and Film and Transnationalism.
Jinhee Choi is a member of the Society of Cinema and Media Studies. She has reviewed book manuscripts, proposals, and articles for Routledge, Hong Kong University Press, Edinburgh University Press, Cinema Journal, and the Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, among others, and she is on the editorial board for the ‘Thinking Cinema’ series at Continuum.