Censored Sixties Drama Is Next in CKS Film Series

The third pre­sen­ta­tion in the Cen­ter for Kore­an Stud­ies fall 2011 film series is direc­tor Lee Man-hee’s A Day Off (휴일; also known as Hol­i­day), a film sup­pressed by cen­sors after its pro­duc­tion in 1968 and not shown pub­licly until its redis­cov­ery and exhi­bi­tion by the Kore­an Film Archive in 2005.

A Day Off illus­trates the suf­fo­cat­ing and dis­tort­ed atmos­phere of Kore­an soci­ety in the 1960s through por­tray­al of a trag­ic Sun­day spent by a pair of poor lovers. The young man knows the woman is preg­nant and steals mon­ey from a friend to pay for an abor­tion. He checks her into a hos­pi­tal and, depressed, goes to a bar, where he meets a woman and briefly escapes from real­i­ty. When he returns to the hos­pi­tal, he finds his lover has died, and he wan­ders the night streets in agony.

Lee’s film has been called a “rare gem of mod­ern cin­e­ma that tran­scends time” and is said to reflect a sur­pris­ing­ly mod­ern artis­tic sen­si­bil­i­ty. It is also cit­ed for its effec­tive use of extreme angles and mon­tage.

A Day Off will be screened Tues­day, Octo­ber 4, in the Cen­ter for Kore­an Stud­ies audi­to­ri­um begin­ning at 6:30 p.m. The CKS Kore­an Film Series is free and open to the pub­lic and is sup­port­ed by the Tim­o­thy and Miri­am Wee Memo­r­i­al Fund at the Cen­ter for Kore­an Stud­ies. For fur­ther infor­ma­tion, con­tact the Cen­ter at (808) 956‑7041.