The Center for Korean Studies spring 2015 film series continues on Tuesday, March 31, with a multilayered mystery titled Helpless (화차), directed by Byun Young-joo. The film is fourth in a series titled Castaway in Korean Society exploring aspects of life in a contemporary South Korean society transformed by economic uncertainty and social changes set in motion by the 1997 economic crisis. The films for the series were selected by Professor Myungji Yang of the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa Department of Political Science, assisted by Hye-yoon Choi.
Helpless, released in 2012, is based on the Japanese mystery novel Kasha (“a one-way train to hell”). The plot begins with Mun-ho, a soon-to-be groom, on his way to his parents’ house with his fiancée, Seon-yeong. They decide to stop at a highway rest stop for coffee, but when he returns to the car, Seon-yeong is gone. Convinced that she has been kidnapped, Mun-ho begins a frantic search. He asks his cousin Jong-geun, a former detective, for help, and together they dig deeper into her disappearance. While searching for Seon-young, Mun-ho uncovers startling secrets about her. As the intricate layers of Seon-young’s past are revealed, it turns out that she was not the woman he thought she was, not even her name.
For background on the series and the schedule, see http://bit.ly/1AhVUHN. See below for a link to the advertising trailer for Helpless.
Film screenings take place in the Center for Korean Studies auditorium at 1881 East-West Road on the University of Hawai’i Mānoa campus and begin at 6:30 p.m. Korean films are shown with English subtitles.
This series is free and open to all University of Hawai’i students, faculty, and staff and to the community at large. The series is supported by the Timothy and Miriam Wee Memorial Fund at the Center for Korean Studies.
For further information about the film series, contact the Center for Korean Studies at (808) 956-7041 or Professor Myungji Yang (firstname.lastname@example.org) at (808) 956-6387.
Limited, paid ($6.00) public parking is available in the parking lot adjacent to the Center and in other visitor parking lots on campus. For more information about parking regulations and locations, consult the campus parking office Web page.