The 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 (email@example.com) at (808) 956‑2319.
Watch the Trailer
An advertising trailer for Miss Granny is available here: