Record and Reflection: COVID-19 Pandemic Documentary in Japan, China and Korea


Documentary has always been used to characterize nature, history, and social reality. As a medium text with the spirit of realism and authenticity, it diverts our attention to the world in which we live. During the epidemic, Japan, China, and South Korea each produced documentaries on the theme of the epidemic. This paper focused on these documentaries, including "COVID-19.Fighting.a.Pandemic.2020", and "COVID-19 Pandemic: 132 Critical Days" produced by NHK, Japan, “The Frontline: China's fight against COVID-19” and “The lockdown: One month in Wuhan“ produced by CCTV, China, along with “'PANDEMIC” and “Survive the Corona Era” produced by South Korea. The main body of this paper is divided into four chapters. In the Chapter 1, I define the concept of “Epidemic Documentary" involved in this paper. And I made a general introduction to the research objects in this paper. Chapter 2 analyzes the common points of the documentaries of the three countries. It is mainly reflected in these documentaries that reflect the timeliness, integration, and information quality of the documentary narrative. Chapter 3 focuses on comparing the differences between the three countries’ pandemic documentaries from multiple perspectives. Specifically, the paper analyzes the characteristics of the pandemic documentary works of different countries in terms of style, perspective, and subject matter, and looks for the patterned discourse expression in the works. Finally, Chapter 4 analyzes the role of these documentaries in the countries’ fighting against the epidemic.

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Sen Ni, Seoul National University, South Korea

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Conference: ACCS2021
Stream: Visual Culture

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Ni S. (2021) Record and Reflection: COVID-19 Pandemic Documentary in Japan, China and Korea ISSN: 2187-4751 The Asian Conference on Cultural Studies 2021: Official Conference Proceedings
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