The thesis examines four films by Lee Hanâ€”Wandeugi (2011), Thread of Lies (2013), A Melody to Remember (2016) and Innocent Witness (2019)â€”that highlight disability problems in contemporary South Korea. While exposing the prejudice against and misunderstanding of people with disabilities embedded in society, these motion pictures promote social integration through development of trusted relationships and effective communication within familial structures. The representations of disability indicate that the cinematic images of exclusion can reinforce disabled characters' marginalized identity and promote inclusive efforts among the viewer at the same time. Through textual, cultural, theoretical analysis, it is argued that the films progressively decrease discriminative description of disability and gradually empower isolated individuals, making Innocent Witness an exemplary disability rights film.
College and Department
Humanities; Comparative Arts and Letters
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Han, Dasom, "Disability in Lee Han's Social Integration Films" (2021). Theses and Dissertations. 9245.
Korean cinema, Lee Han, disability, social integration