Spring Film Series Has Punchy Finish

still image from PunchThe Center for Korean Studies spring 2014 film series–Sweet or Sweat? Ethnic Others in Korean Cinema–concludes April 22 with the 2011 feature Punch (완득이), directed by Lee Han.

Based on a bestselling novel, Punch was nominated and won numerous awards in Korea in 2012. It is the story of Wan-deuk, a teen from a poor background who never knew his mother. He struggles in school and frequently gets into fights. He clashes with his stern high school teacher, Dong-joo, at first, but they grow closer when Wan-deuk’s father asks Dong-joo for help looking after Wan-deuk. Together, they eventually learn that Wan-deuk’s mother is a Filipina immigrant working in one of Seoul’s satellite cities.

Film screenings are free and open to the public and take place in the Center for Korean Studies auditorium at 1881 East-West Road on the University of Hawai’i Mānoa campus starting at 6:30 p.m. Korean films are shown with English subtitles. For further information, contact the Center for Korean Studies at (808) 956-7041 or Professor Young-a Park (yapark@hawaii.edu) at (808) 956-6387.

For this final screening of the series, join us for light refreshments and informal conversation before the film, beginning at 5:30 p.m.

The trailer for Punch can be viewed here: