The Center for Korean Studies spring 2013 film series wraps up on Tuesday, April 16, with the latest iteration of an oft-told plot. The film is the 2011 version of Late Autumn (만추), directed by Kim Tae-yong. The film takes the story idea of Lee Man-hee’s now-lost 1966 film, Manch’u, and sets it in the American Northwest.
The plot centers on Anna, an immigrant from China (played by Chinese actress Wei Tang), who has been in prison for seven years for killing her jealous and abusive husband. When Anna’s mother dies, she is given a 72-hour furlough to attend the funeral. On the bus to Seattle, she meets a young Korean man, Hoon (played by Hyun Bin), who turns out to be a gigolo on the run from a powerful businessman who wants to kill him for having an affair with his Korean wife. Hoon and Anna share three days together before she must return to prison and he is ensnared in the businessman’s scheme to blame Hoon for his wife’s murder.
The film was a box-office success in both Korea and China and won various citations from the Korea Film Reporters Association, the Pusan Film Critics Awards, the Korean Association of Film Critics, the Baeksang Arts Awards, and the Fribourg International Film Festival.
As usual, the screening begins at 6:30 p.m. in the Center for Korean Studies auditorium.
The spring film series was planned and produced by Prof. Young-a Park of the UH Asian Studies Program, with the assistance of graduate student Jonathan Kim. The series is supported by the Timothy and Miriam Wee Memorial Fund at the Center for Korean Studies. For further information, telephone the Center at (808) 956‑7041.