Dysfunctional Family Drama Is Film Series Finale

image of poster for Boomerang FamilyThe Cen­ter for Kore­an Stud­ies spring 2015 film series—Castaway in Kore­an Society—wraps up April 14 with Boomerang Fam­i­ly (고령화 가족), a 2013 fea­ture direct­ed by Song Hae-sung. The film con­cludes a series of cin­e­mat­ic explo­rations of life in con­tem­po­rary South Kore­an soci­ety since its trans­for­ma­tion by the uncer­tain­ties and changes that began with the 1997 eco­nom­ic cri­sis. For this series finale, light refresh­ments will be served at 5:30 p.m. before the screen­ing.

In Boomerang Fam­i­ly we meet In-mo, a man in seri­ous dis­tress because his first movie as a direc­tor was a big fail­ure, his wife has left him for anoth­er man, and he is unable to pay rent. Depressed, he decides to hang him­self. He is saved by a phone call from his moth­er invit­ing him for din­ner, which leads to a change of plan. He decides to move back into his mother’s house. His old­er broth­er Han-mo is already liv­ing there after being released from prison. Han-mo is an unem­ployed ex-gang­ster with five crim­i­nal con­vic­tions. The two are soon joined by their younger sis­ter, Mi-yeon, who arrives with her rebel­lious teenage daugh­ter, Min-kyung. She is about to divorce her sec­ond hus­band and has no place to stay. The once qui­et and serene home of their moth­er is for­ev­er shat­tered when the three grown-up chil­dren return for a fam­i­ly reunion. See the link to the film’s trail­er below for glimpses of the movie.

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. Admis­sion is free and open to all. The series is sup­port­ed by the Tim­o­thy and Miri­am Wee Memo­r­i­al Fund at the Cen­ter for Kore­an Stud­ies.

For fur­ther infor­ma­tion about the film series, con­tact the Cen­ter for Kore­an Stud­ies at (808) 956‑7041 or Pro­fes­sor Myungji Yang (myang4@hawaii.edu) at (808) 956‑6387.

Lim­it­ed, paid ($6.00) pub­lic park­ing is avail­able in the park­ing lot adja­cent to the Cen­ter and in oth­er vis­i­tor park­ing lots on cam­pus. For more infor­ma­tion about park­ing reg­u­la­tions and loca­tions, con­sult the cam­pus park­ing office Web page.