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Frost History Lecture
Start Date: 10/2/2017Start Time: 7:00 PM
End Date: 10/2/2017End Time: 9:00 PM

Event Description
Some Historical Lessons from the Transpacific Western: Clint Eastwood and Lee Sang-il

Lecture by Takashi Fujitani, Professor of History and Dr. David Chu Chair in Asian-Pacific Studies at the Univeristy of Toronto

In this presentation Prof. Fujitani reads Clint Eastwood’s critically acclaimed Unforgiven (1992) against Lee Sang-il’s “remake” of the original (Yurusarezaru mono, 2013). While the few Anglophone critics who have reviewed Lee’s version have generally treated it as a competent but fairly unremarkable copy of the original, Fujitani argues that the film, set in Hokkaidō, is in many ways a far more radical and challenging exploration of key themes taken up by Eastwood that are of interest for those who study the past and its effects in the present. These include violence, law, the outlaw, sovereign power, the right to kill, and historical memory and accountability. At the same time, Lee takes up several issues that Eastwood simply leaves as background to his story -- in particular race, indigeneity, and settler colonialism. While the Western has been a staple genre in Eastwood’s long career leading up to Unforgiven, Yurusarezaru mono is the first and so far only Western made by the much younger Lee. Lee’s first film, Chong (1998, 2001), is in part based upon his own life growing up as an ethnic Korean in Japan. His more well-known films include Hula Girl (2006), The Villain (Akunin, 2010), and Rage (Ikari, 2016).
Location Information:
*WU Campus - Ford Hall
Room: 122 -- Film Studies Aud.
Contact Information:
Name: Tamara Neeley
Phone: x6061
Email: tneeley@willamette.edu
Takashi Fujitani
Admission / Ticket Info:
Free and open to the public
Event Sponsor(s):
The Frost Family and the Department of History
Other Details:
The Frost History Lecture Series was made possible by a generous gift in 2011 from Allan '64 and Fran Frost. Allan and Fran established the Frost History Lectureship Fund in honor of Allan's brother O.W. (Jack) Frost, an English professor at Willamette from 1954-1963, and in memory of his brother David Frost '57, L'60.

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