This film completes the series “Late Blossoms: Old Age in Korean Cinema,” movies chosen to present a positive view of later life in South Korea. The films for the series were selected by UH Korean studies librarian Jude Yang.
The Way Home tells the story of Sangwoo, a seven-year-old boy who is left in a remote village with his grandmother while his mother looks for work. Born and reared in the city, Sangwoo finds conflict in the rural environment with his old-fashioned grandmother. He gets angry when he thinks his mother has abandoned him. Selfish and disrespectful, he trades his grandmother’s treasure for a video game, throws his food, and pitches tantrums. Through his grandmother’s endless patience and devotion, Sangwoo learns to embrace empathy, humility, and the importance of family. He is a different boy by the time his mother finds work and returns for him.
Center for Korean Studies film screenings are free and open to all. They take place in the Center’s auditorium at 1881 East-West Road on the University of Hawai‘i Mānoa campus. Korean-language films include English subtitles. Screenings begin at 6:30 p.m.
To mark the conclusion of the current series, light refreshments will be served before the screening, so come early. Refreshments will be available beginning at 5:00 p.m. The show will start at 6:30 p.m. as usual.
Limited, paid ($6) public parking is available in the parking lot adjacent to the Center and in other parking lots on campus. For more information about parking regulations and locations, consult the campus parking office Web page.
Support for this series comes from the Timothy and Miriam Wee Memorial Fund at the Center for Korean Studies. DVDs used for the screenings are gifts of the Korean Film Council and the Korean Film Archive.
For further information about the series, telephone the Center for Korean Studies at (808) 956‑7041 or Jude Y. Yang (email@example.com) at (808) 956‑2319.
Watch the Trailer
An advertising trailer for The Way Home is available here: