Blending Narrative Spaces of the Flashback Scenes in the Joint Security Area


The film, Joint Security Area (2000), centers on a cross-border shooting incident in the flashpoint of North-South tensions. As Major Sophie Jang's investigation develops, she uncovers evidence suggesting that neither account from North and South is correct. With the use of extended flashbacks, the truth about the incident, as well as the unlikely connection between the North-South Korean soldiers, discloses. This paper is intended to propose a model of narrative blending associated with the mapping between the investigator’s and the suspects’ spaces in terms of ‘intentionality’ and ‘analogy’ (Fauconnier and Turner, 2002). It will be seen that the contradicting accounts of the soldiers are associated with their intentions, involving memory and fear, this input spaces of soldiers interacting with another input space of Jang. As the relations of analogy and intentionality are exhibited in the input spaces and compressed, the friendship between the soldiers reveals in the blended space.

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