Film Series Portrays Old Age in Korean Cinema

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.

fall film series attraction: Salut d'AmourThe 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 (yoonlim@hawaii.edu) at (808) 956‑2319.

Lim­it­ed, paid ($6.00) pub­lic park­ing is avail­able in the park­ing lot adja­cent to the Cen­ter and in oth­er vis­i­tor park­ing lots on cam­pus. For more infor­ma­tion about park­ing reg­u­la­tions and loca­tions, con­sult the cam­pus park­ing office Web page.