Family “Portraits” Are at the Center of Next Film Series Feature

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.