The third feature in the Center for Korean Studies fall film series – Korean Family and Gender in Flux – is scheduled for screening on Tuesday, October 30, 2012. The award-winning film, Family Ties (가족의탄생), was directed by Kim Tae-yong and was released in 2007.
The film presents three “family’ portraits.” One centers on Mi-ra, a restaurateur who is content with her orderly, though solitary, life until her ex-con brother Hyung-chul appears with his much older new wife, Mu-shin. Mi-ra gives them a place to stay, but friction develops quickly with the unexpected arrival of Mu-shin’s young stepdaughter. The second “portrait” features the quick-tempered Sun-kyung and her relationship with her estranged mother. Her resentment toward her mother is exacerbated by an affair the mother is having with a married man. Sun-kyung seeks work in Japan, but her mother dies of cancer, and she must care for her young half-brother. The final part of the film brings together characters from the first two story lines some years later.
The Center for Korean Studies film series is free and open to the public. Showings are held in the Center for Korean Studies auditorium at 1881 East-West Road on the University of Hawai’i Manoa campus beginning at 6:30 p.m. For further information, contact the Center at (808) 956‑7041.