1970s Hostess Melodrama Is Next in Spring Film Series

spring film series presents Yŏng-ja's HeydaysThe Cen­ter for Kore­an Stud­ies spring film series con­tin­ues on Tues­day, Feb­ru­ary 23, 2016, with a screen­ing of the 1975 fea­ture Yŏng-ja’s Hey­days (영자의 전성시대), the best-known work of direc­tor Kim Ho-sŏn and a huge box-office suc­cess when it was released. Yŏng-ja’s Hey­days has come to be con­sid­ered the arche­type of the so-called host­ess melo­dra­ma, a film depict­ing the fall into des­per­a­tion of a young, low­er-class woman.

The spring film series, titled Divid­ed Images: Women in Kore­an Movies, con­cen­trates on gen­der issues and fem­i­nism in South Kore­an soci­ety. The films in the series were select­ed by Jude Y. Yang, Kore­an stud­ies librar­i­an at UH Hamil­ton Library.

The sto­ry line of Yŏng-ja’s Hey­days: After being dis­charged by the army, Chang-su, a body scrub­ber at a pub­lic bath, hap­pens to meet Yŏng-ja at a police sta­tion. Three years ear­li­er, when he was an iron­work­er, he had fall­en in love with Yŏng-ja, then a house­maid for a rich fam­i­ly. After being raped by her employer’s son while Chang-su is in the mil­i­tary, Yŏng-ja starts to work as a bar­maid but quits because she can’t adapt to the job. Then she works as a bus con­duc­tor, but los­es an arm in an acci­dent. She then turns to pros­ti­tu­tion. Chang-su devotes him­self to tak­ing care of her, but Yŏng-ja leaves him out of con­cern for his future. 

Film screen­ings take place in the audi­to­ri­um of the Cen­ter for Kore­an Stud­ies 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. DVDs used for the film screen­ings are gifts of the Kore­an Film Coun­cil and the Kore­an Film Archive.

For fur­ther infor­ma­tion about the film series, con­tact the Cen­ter for Kore­an Stud­ies at (808) 956‑7041 or Jude Y. Yang (yoonlim@hawaii.edu) at (808) 956‑2319.

Lim­it­ed, paid pub­lic park­ing is avail­able in the park­ing lot adja­cent to the Cen­ter and in oth­er vis­i­tor park­ing lots on cam­pus for $6.00. For more infor­ma­tion about park­ing reg­u­la­tions and loca­tions, con­sult the cam­pus park­ing office Web page.