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: