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Cinematic Modernity of Na Unkyu's ArirangKim Youngchan Na Unkyu's Arirang is clearly the origin of Korean Film. However it is in a entirely different sense from explanation and interpretation constructed by discourses of resistant nationalism and artistic realism. Modernity of Arirang was at first embodied through the aesthetic, social meaning and effect of Arirang's box-office value as commercial film. First of all, melodramatic characteristic of Arirang's narrative made a significant contribution to drag repressed experience and emotional structure which most of people in colonial modern society had shared together into public field of theater, and then to identify with them emotionally. And Arirang opened a possibility of realization of “Joseon film” as an independent modern popular art through organizing and maximizing the melodramatic genre-effect through means of improvement of film language and forms of expression. Especially “imagination of the nation” which was produced in watching experiences could be realize only by that melodramatic genre-effect. It is precisely that point where we can talk about modernity of Arirang as the origin of “Nation Film”.