The 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 (email@example.com) at (808) 956‑2319.
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