Late Autumn” is Spring Film Series Finale

image: Late Autumn stillThe 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.