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Sports Movie as Faction and Subaltern Mythology


  • Department of Journalism & Communication, Tongmyong University, 428, Sinseon-ro, Nam-gu, Busan/ 48520, Korea, Democratic People's Republic of


Background/Objectives: This study focuses on the increase of materialization of real events from the sports history and tries to draw the sociocultural undertone from the sports movies produced after the 2000s. Methods/Statistical analysis: This study is conducted by discourse analysis of domestically produced sports movies based on true stories after the 2000s. This study is based on mythology, post-modernism and post-colonialism as the theoretical evidence to bring out the mythological discourse of the sports movies as historical description. Findings: Recent sports movies show a narrative strategy for a good box-office performance. They are attracted on the basis of true stories. They focus and foreground the epic tale of the main character and the simple and fierce life of sportsmen as subalterns with their accomplishments. Movies about the most influential sports games emotionally stimulate the collective memory of the audience and firmly take the role of promoting high self-esteem of the nation and feeling of solidarity among public. These factors could increase fun and emotional aspects in ‘factional’ sports movie. Restructured true events in sports movies build up the Korean hybrid narrative with true and sincere genre and dramatic emotional feeling of appellation of anonymous individual as historical agent. Improvements/Applications: Precedent studies about sports movies are still insufficient, while discussions about the media and sports have been increasing. This study tried to draw the subaltern mythology from the sports movies which will contribute to broadening the spectrum of filmic discourse.


Faction, Mythology, Sports Film,Sports Movie, Subaltern.

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