A Story of Separation Next in CKS Film Series

still image from CKS film series entry GilsottumThe third fea­ture in the CKS spring film series, Divid­ed Images, is a sto­ry of young love, sep­a­ra­tion, and final­ly a reunit­ing. Gilsot­tŭm (길소뜸), a 1985 fea­ture by the emi­nent direc­tor Im Kwŏn-t’aek, will be screened Tues­day, March 15, 2016.

The spring series, select­ed by Jude Y. Yang, Kore­an stud­ies librar­i­an at UH Hamil­ton Library, is fea­tur­ing sto­ries that high­light women in Kore­an movies, con­cen­trat­ing par­tic­u­lar­ly on gen­der issues and fem­i­nism in South Kore­an soci­ety.

The sto­ry­line of Gilsot­tŭm: In 1983, when the search for fam­i­lies sep­a­rat­ed dur­ing the Kore­an War is in full swing, Hwa-yŏng, on the rec­om­men­da­tion of her hus­band, vis­its a tele­vi­sion sta­tion in order to find her son, whom she lost in the war. At the sta­tion, she meets Dong-jin, her first love and the father of her son. After trag­ic events in their young lives dur­ing the pre- and post-war peri­ods, Hwa-yŏng and Dong-jin became sep­a­rat­ed and lived sep­a­rate lives for thir­ty-three years. After their encounter at the tele­vi­sion sta­tion, they set out togeth­er to find their son.

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 and begin at 6:30 p.m. Kore­an films are shown with Eng­lish sub­ti­tles.

This series is free and open to all. It is 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 (yoonlim@hawaii.edu) 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.