Fall Film Series Explores Shattering Effects of Division

image: film stillsThe Cen­ter for Kore­an Stud­ies 2013 fall film series will present five cin­e­mat­ic explo­rations of the life-shat­ter­ing effects of the divi­sion of Korea.

The series, titled Two Kore­as, Shat­tered Lives, will con­sist of films cho­sen to illus­trate var­i­ous faces of the enor­mous human cost extract­ed by the Kore­an War and the sub­se­quent divi­sion of Korea for the past six­ty years. The films go beyond sim­ply rep­re­sent­ing the pain in that they all show glimpses of hope in find­ing com­mon ground and shared humanity. 

Audi­ences will be treat­ed to var­i­ous film gen­res and diverse top­ics, includ­ing fic­tion­al treat­ment of the Kore­an War, long-term polit­i­cal pris­on­ers, Kore­an-Japan­ese polit­i­cal alle­giance and its cost, and a North Kore­an defector’s encounter with South Kore­an society.

The series begins on Tues­day, Sep­tem­ber 17, with the award-win­ning 2005 fea­ture Wel­come to Dong­mak­gol (웰컴투 동막골), direct­ed by Park Kwang-hyun. The sto­ry line cen­ters on a small vil­lage on which sol­diers from North and South Korea con­verge in 1950. The vil­lagers have no knowl­edge of the ongo­ing war. Over­com­ing mutu­al dis­trust, the two sides work togeth­er to help the vil­lagers through the win­ter and save them from destruc­tion dur­ing the war.

The remain­der of the sched­ule includes:

  • Octo­ber 1. Repa­tri­a­tion 송환 (2003), direct­ed by Kim Dong-won.
  • Octo­ber 15. Dear Pyongyang 디어 평양 (2005), direct­ed by Yang Yong-hi.
  • Novem­ber 5. Over the Bor­der 국경의 남쪽 (2006), direct­ed by Ahn Pan-suk.
  • Novem­ber 19. The Jour­nals of Musan 무산일기 (2011), direct­ed by Park Jung-bum.

For more infor­ma­tion about the films, see http://bit.ly/15zMLMB.

This series was curat­ed by Prof. Young-a Park of the Asian Stud­ies Pro­gram in the School of Pacif­ic and Asian Stud­ies with the assis­tance of Robert York. Ques­tions about the films can be direct­ed to Prof. Park at yapark@hawaii.edu or tele­phone (808) 956‑6387.

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.

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