CKS Film Series: Miss Granny

CKS film series feature Miss GrannyThe fourth fea­ture in the Cen­ter for Kore­an Stud­ies fall 2016 film series is Miss Granny (수상한 그녀), direct­ed by Hwang Donghyuk. The series will screen the 2014 fantasy/drama at the Cen­ter on Novem­ber 1.

The film is part of the series “Late Blos­soms: Old Age in Kore­an Cin­e­ma,” movies with a pos­i­tive view of lat­er life. The series is pre­sent­ing var­ied appre­ci­a­tions of the ever-grow­ing elder­ly pop­u­la­tion of South Korea.

The film’s plot: Foul-mouthed, stub­born, con­trol­ling, and shame­less Oh Mal­soon is a sev­en­ty-four-year-old wid­ow liv­ing with her son and his fam­i­ly. She is very proud of her son, Hyunchul, a uni­ver­si­ty pro­fes­sor of geron­tol­ogy, whom she reared by her­self. Oh the oth­er hand, she has a dif­fi­cult rela­tion­ship with her daugh­ter-in-law, Aeja. After Aeja’s sud­den col­lapse leads to hos­pi­tal­iza­tion, her doc­tor strong­ly advis­es her to live apart from Mal­soon. The day Hyunchul tells his moth­er she must move to a nurs­ing home, Mal­soon wan­ders the streets in dis­tress. While walk­ing, she comes across a mys­te­ri­ous pho­to stu­dio that claims to cap­ture one’s youth. She sits for a pho­to, believ­ing it will be her last por­trait for her funer­al. As she emerges from the stu­dio, how­ev­er, Mal­soon is dumb­found­ed by her reflec­tion in a mir­ror. Now a fresh, twen­ty-year-old woman, she hides from her fam­i­ly and changes her name to Oh Doori.

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.

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 infor­ma­tion about the oth­er films in the series, fol­low this link.

For fur­ther infor­ma­tion about the series, tele­phone the Cen­ter for Kore­an Stud­ies at (808) 956‑7041 or Jude Y. Yang ( at (808) 956‑2319.

Watch the Trailer

An adver­tis­ing trail­er for Miss Granny is avail­able here: