CKS Film Series Finale: The Way Home

CKS film series feature The Way HomeThe Cen­ter for Kore­an Stud­ies fall 2016 film series winds up Novem­ber 15 with a screen­ing of The Way Home (집으로), a 2002 fea­ture direct­ed by Lee Jeonghyang.

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 (yoonlim@hawaii.edu) at (808) 956‑2319.

Watch the Trailer

An adver­tis­ing trail­er for The Way Home is avail­able here: