Drama of Family Flight to the South Is Next Film Feature

image: still from Over the BorderThe Cen­ter for Kore­an Stud­ies fall 2013 film series con­tin­ues Novem­ber 5 with anoth­er sto­ry of shat­tered lives in a divid­ed Korea. The film is Over the Bor­der (국경의 남쪽), a 2006 release direct­ed by Ahn Pan-suk and fea­tur­ing award-win­ning Kore­an Wave star Cha Seung-won.

The sto­ry­line cen­ters on Kim Sun-ho (played by Cha), who holds a priv­i­leged slot as a horn play­er in the North Kore­an state pro­pa­gan­da troupe and is soon to be mar­ried. His life comes unrav­eled, how­ev­er, when his fam­i­ly receives let­ters from Sun-ho’s grand­fa­ther in Seoul. They begin to exchange let­ters, but this puts their fam­i­ly in dan­ger so they decide to defect to the South. 

Sun-ho is dev­as­tat­ed because he can’t take his girl­friend Yon-hwa with him but he promis­es to bring her to Seoul as soon as pos­si­ble. In Seoul, he tries to save mon­ey to help her escape from the North, but one day he learns that Yon-hwa has mar­ried anoth­er man. He becomes hope­less but lat­er tries to find a way to adapt him­self to life in the South.

The Cen­ter for Kore­an Stud­ies film series is free and open to all Uni­ver­si­ty of Hawai’i stu­dents, fac­ul­ty, and staff and to the com­mu­ni­ty at large. The series is sup­port­ed by the Tim­o­thy and Miri­am Wee Memo­r­i­al Fund at the Cen­ter for Kore­an Stud­ies and is planned and direct­ed by Pro­fes­sor Young-a Park of the UH Asian Stud­ies Pro­gram with the assis­tance of Robert York.

Film screen­ings take place in the Cen­ter for Kore­an Stud­ies audi­to­ri­um at 1881 East-West Road on the Uni­ver­si­ty of Hawai’i Mānoa cam­pus and begin at 6:30 p.m. Kore­an films are shown with Eng­lish sub­ti­tles. For fur­ther infor­ma­tion, con­tact the Cen­ter for Kore­an Stud­ies at (808) 956‑7041 or Pro­fes­sor Young-a Park (yapark@hawaii.edu) at (808) 956‑6387.

A trail­er for Over the Bor­der is avail­able on line at: