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Years ago I led a seminar on Korean literature and wanted to show a film to the mostly non-Korean students. This was before South Korean cinema was fully established as the darling of film festival juries and adolescent boys everywhere, so I drove to my local Blockbuster and pulled out the only VHS cover I saw indicating electricity had found its way to Seoul. “This will give you a glimpse into modern South Korean life,” I announced to my class about 301, 302, which did indeed show Seoul as a First World consumerist dream housed within tall, concrete apartment buildings. It also showed one apartment resident literally consuming, as a stew chased by red wine, the expertly butchered flesh of her neighbor.
I won’t make the same mistake here. Although “Gangnam Style” and North Korea’s nuclear threats have been
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