Mermaid Wraps Spring Korean Film Series

Korean film series feature My Mother, the MermaidThe 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 ( 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: