Intertwined Lives of Two Apartment Dwellers Revealed in Film Series Entry

still image from 301/302The Cen­ter for Kore­an Stud­ies fall 2014 film series con­tin­ues Tues­day, Octo­ber 14, with 301/302 (삼공일 삼공이), the 1996 fea­ture direct­ed by Park Chul-Soon that tracks the inter­ac­tions of two women liv­ing in neigh­bor­ing apart­ments. The title of the film refers to their respec­tive apart­ment num­bers.

The sto­ry begins with a detec­tive call­ing Song-hee in apart­ment 301 to ques­tion her about the dis­ap­pear­ance of Yoon-hee, the res­i­dent of 302. Song-hee is a com­pul­sive cook who takes plea­sure in car­ing for her hus­band. He ignores her efforts, how­ev­er, and she becomes a binge eater. Neigh­bor Yoon-hee is a writer suf­fer­ing from anorex­ia. As a child, she was sex­u­al­ly abused by her step­fa­ther and has found her­self dis­gust­ed by both food and the act of inter­course. Their trag­ic pasts and food dis­or­ders bring them togeth­er, but each pur­sues hap­pi­ness in com­plete­ly dif­fer­ent ways.

The fall film series, “Liv­ing Apart? Apart­ments in Kore­an Cin­e­ma,” is pre­sent­ing a series of cin­e­mat­ic rep­re­sen­ta­tions of apart­ment life as a key to under­stand­ing cur­rent Kore­an soci­ety. High-rise apart­ment build­ings are the pro­to­typ­i­cal type of mod­ern hous­ing in Kore­an cities. They are both an indi­ca­tor of one’s socioe­co­nom­ic sta­tus and a sym­bol of dreams and aspi­ra­tions. This series was pro­grammed by Prof. Myungji Yang of the Uni­ver­si­ty of Hawai’i at Mānoa Depart­ment of Polit­i­cal Sci­ence and was pro­duced with the assis­tance of Hye-yoon Choi.

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. Atten­dance is free and open to all Uni­ver­si­ty of Hawai’i stu­dents, fac­ul­ty, and staff and to the com­mu­ni­ty at large. 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.