The Center for Korean Studies 2015 spring film series–Castaway in Korean Society–continues Tuesday, February 24, with a screening of the independent feature Breathless (똥파리), directed by Yang Ik-joon and released in 2008. The spring series, selected by Professor Myungji Yang of the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Department of Political Science, is presenting cinematic explorations of how precariousness and economic uncertainty shape ordinary people’s daily lives in current Korean society.
The director of Breathless, Yang Ik-joon, also plays the main character, Sang-hoon. Sang-hoon is a brutal and foul-mouthed debt collector who works for a loan shark. He carries a notebook containing the names and addresses of those from whom he needs to collect, and he literally beats the money out of them. Violence is a way of effacing childhood memories of how Sang-hoon failed to stand up and protect his mother and sister from an abusive father. One day, he accidentally spits on Yeon-hee, a high school student, who refuses to put up with his rudeness and demands an apology. They get into an argument, and Sang-hoon knocks her down. She eventually makes her way into his life, however, and he begins to feel affection for her. As his feelings for Yeon-hee grow, he considers leaving his gangster life behind, but leaving the past turns out to be more difficult than he thought.
For more information about the series and about the remainder of the schedule, see http://bit.ly/1AhVUHN. See below for a link to the advertising trailer for Breathless.
Film screenings take place in the auditorium of the Center for Korean Studies 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 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.
Limited, paid public parking is available in the parking lot adjacent to the Center and in other visitor parking lots on campus for $6.00. For more information about parking regulations and locations, consult the campus parking office Web page.