The Center for Korean Studies spring Korean film series ends swimmingly on Tuesday, April 19, with a screening of the 2004 feature My Mother, The Mermaid (인어공주), directed by Pak Hŭng-sik. The film stars the popular actress Jeon Do-yeon, who won several best-actress awards for her performance in 2004 and 2005.
My Mother, the Mermaid wraps up the spring Korean film series, titled Divided Images: Women in Korean Movies, which has presented feature films illustrating varying aspects of gender issues and feminism in contemporary South Korean society. The films were chosen by UH librarian Jude Y. Yang and presented with the assistance of graduate student Hye-Yoon Choi.
To mark the conclusion of the series, light refreshments will be served before the screening, so come early. Refreshments will be available beginning at 5:30 p.m. The feature will begin at 6:30 p.m. as usual.
Here’s the outline of the plot: Na-yŏng (Jeon) is tired of living with her relentless mother and her father, who is too naïve. One day, her dad suddenly disappears, and Na-yŏng decides to go to her parents’ hometown on an island to find him. To Na-yŏng’s surprise, her mom, Yŏn-sun, appears in front of her as a twenty-year-old haenyŏ, or diver. Her energetic attitude is the same, but the incomparably purer and more innocent version of Yŏn-sun is undeniably lovely. However, Yŏn-sun has fallen for the village mailman, Chin-guk, and he cannot hide his feelings toward her either.
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. Korean films are shown with English subtitles. The screenings are free and open to all.
This series was supported by the Timothy and Miriam Wee Memorial Fund at the Center for Korean Studies. DVDs used for the film screenings are gifts of the Korean Film Council and the Korean Film Archive.
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.
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.
An advertising trailer for My Mother, the Mermaid is available here: