The 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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.