The 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) at (808) 956‑6387.