The Center for Korean Studies fall 2016 film series, “Late Blossoms: Old Age in Korean Cinema,” offers five films exploring different aspects of the lives of elderly South Koreans. All of the films portray the late stages of life in a bright prospect with moments of love, laughter, and lasting youthful spirit.
The series aims to present an appreciation of the elderly of South Korea, where the increase in the aging population is shrinking the workforce and slowing the country’s growth. Despite the negative connotations of aging, the elderly are crucial in passing on tradition, culture, and language to future generations, keeping Korean customs as fresh as ever.
The series begins Tuesday, September 13, 2016, with a showing of Salut d’Amour (장수 상회), a 2015 release directed by Kang Je gyu. The film’s story centers on a seventy-year-old man named Sungchil, a part-time supermarket worker known for his grumpy and stubborn personality. Sungchil meets a new neighbor, Geunnim, a lively, friendly elderly lady who is in charge of the local flower shop. Even at his advanced age, Sungchil is inexperienced and clumsy in romance, but the entire town cheers him on as he courts her. Geunnim’s daughter, however, does not approve of their relationship.
The remaining features in the fall film series include:
- Mapado: Island of Fortunes (마파도, 2005), directed by Choo Changmin, on September 27.
- My Love, Don’t Cross That River (님아 그 강을 건너지 마오, 2016), directed by Jin Moyoung, on October 11.
- Miss Granny (수상한 그녀, 2014), directed by Hwang Donghyuk, on November 1.
- The Way Home (집으로, 2002), directed by Lee Jeonghyang, on November 15.
For more information about these films, follow this link.
Film Series Venue
Film exhibitions for this series take place in the Center for Korean Studies Noh Auditorium at 1881 East-West Road on the University of Hawai’i Mānoa campus. Screenings begin at 6:30 p.m. Korean films are shown with English subtitles.
Jude Y. Yang, Korea librarian of the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa Hamilton Library, selected the films for this series. Katalina Kim assisted production of the series. DVDs used for the exhibitions are gifts of the Korean Film Council and the Korean Film Archive. The series is supported by the Timothy and Miriam Wee Memorial Fund at the Center for Korean Studies.
For More Information
For further information about the film series, contact the Center for Korean Studies at (808) 956‑7041 or Jude Y. Yang (email@example.com) at (808) 956‑2319.
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