Korean Cinema at the Honolulu Museum of Art

still from Anarchist from Colony

Anar­chist from Colony

The Cen­ter for Kore­an Stud­ies is join­ing the Hon­olu­lu Muse­um of Art in pre­sent­ing screen­ings of a series of the best new Kore­an films. The series–including his­tor­i­cal epics, polit­i­cal satires, thought­ful visu­al mas­ter­works, and Kore­an-Amer­i­can inde­pen­dent films–will be shown Sep­tem­ber 2–23, 2017, at the Museum’s Doris Duke The­atre.

Four Uni­ver­si­ty of Hawai’i at Mānoa Kore­an stud­ies fac­ul­ty mem­bers will be intro­duc­ing some of the films: Young-a Park of the Asian Stud­ies Pro­gram, Myungji Yang of the Polit­i­cal Sci­ence Depart­ment, Jude Yang of Hamil­ton Library, and C. Har­ri­son Kim of the Depart­ment of His­to­ry.

The films in the series are:

  • War­riors of the Dawn (대립군);
  • A Taxi Dri­ver (택시 운전사);
  • The May­or (특별시민);
  • Blue­beard (해빙);
  • The Net (그물);
  • On the Beach at Night Alone (밤의 해변에서 혼자);
  • Right Now, Wrong Then (지금은맞고그때는틀리다);
  • Our Love Sto­ry (연애담);
  • The Bat­tle­ship Island;
  • Anar­chist from Colony (박열); and
  • Gook.

For a com­plete sched­ule of the screen­ings, detailed descrip­tions of the films, and tick­et infor­ma­tion, see https://honolulumuseum.org/16447-korean_cinema_2017.

Tick­ets for most of the films are $12 for gen­er­al admis­sion and $10 for mem­bers of the Hon­olu­lu Muse­um of Art. The excep­tions are the open­ing-night recep­tion on Sep­tem­ber 2, which is $35 ($30), and the show­ing of Right Now, Wrong Then on Sep­tem­ber 10, which is free.

Oth­er spon­sors of the Kore­an cin­e­ma series are the Con­sulate Gen­er­al of the Repub­lic of Korea in Hon­olu­lu, tele­vi­sion sta­tion KBFD, and the Korea Foun­da­tion.

CKS Film Series Finale: The Way Home

CKS film series feature The Way HomeThe Cen­ter for Kore­an Stud­ies fall 2016 film series winds up Novem­ber 15 with a screen­ing of The Way Home (집으로), a 2002 fea­ture direct­ed by Lee Jeonghyang.

This film com­pletes the series “Late Blos­soms: Old Age in Kore­an Cin­e­ma,” movies cho­sen to present a pos­i­tive view of lat­er life in South Korea. The films for the series were select­ed by UH Kore­an stud­ies librar­i­an Jude Yang.

The Way Home tells the sto­ry of Sang­woo, a sev­en-year-old boy who is left in a remote vil­lage with his grand­moth­er while his moth­er looks for work. Born and reared in the city, Sang­woo finds con­flict in the rur­al envi­ron­ment with his old-fash­ioned grand­moth­er. He gets angry when he thinks his moth­er has aban­doned him. Self­ish and dis­re­spect­ful, he trades his grandmother’s trea­sure for a video game, throws his food, and pitch­es tantrums. Through his grandmother’s end­less patience and devo­tion, Sang­woo learns to embrace empa­thy, humil­i­ty, and the impor­tance of fam­i­ly. He is a dif­fer­ent boy by the time his moth­er finds work and returns for him.

Cen­ter for Kore­an Stud­ies film screen­ings are free and open to all. They take place in the Center’s audi­to­ri­um at 1881 East-West Road on the Uni­ver­si­ty of Hawai‘i Mānoa cam­pus. Kore­an-lan­guage films include Eng­lish sub­ti­tles. Screen­ings begin at 6:30 p.m.

To mark the con­clu­sion of the cur­rent series, light refresh­ments will be served before the screen­ing, so come ear­ly. Refresh­ments will be avail­able begin­ning at 5:00 p.m. The show will start at 6:30 p.m. as usu­al.

Lim­it­ed, paid ($6) pub­lic park­ing is avail­able in the park­ing lot adja­cent to the Cen­ter and in oth­er park­ing lots on cam­pus. For more infor­ma­tion about park­ing reg­u­la­tions and loca­tions, con­sult the cam­pus park­ing office Web page.

Sup­port for this series comes from the Tim­o­thy and Miri­am Wee Memo­r­i­al Fund at the Cen­ter for Kore­an Stud­ies. DVDs used for the screen­ings are gifts of the Kore­an Film Coun­cil and the Kore­an Film Archive.

For fur­ther infor­ma­tion about the series, tele­phone the Cen­ter for Kore­an Stud­ies at (808) 956‑7041 or Jude Y. Yang (yoonlim@hawaii.edu) at (808) 956‑2319.

Watch the Trailer

An adver­tis­ing trail­er for The Way Home is avail­able here:

CKS Film Series: Miss Granny

CKS film series feature Miss GrannyThe fourth fea­ture in the Cen­ter for Kore­an Stud­ies fall 2016 film series is Miss Granny (수상한 그녀), direct­ed by Hwang Donghyuk. The series will screen the 2014 fantasy/drama at the Cen­ter on Novem­ber 1.

The film is part of the series “Late Blos­soms: Old Age in Kore­an Cin­e­ma,” movies with a pos­i­tive view of lat­er life. The series is pre­sent­ing var­ied appre­ci­a­tions of the ever-grow­ing elder­ly pop­u­la­tion of South Korea.

The film’s plot: Foul-mouthed, stub­born, con­trol­ling, and shame­less Oh Mal­soon is a sev­en­ty-four-year-old wid­ow liv­ing with her son and his fam­i­ly. She is very proud of her son, Hyunchul, a uni­ver­si­ty pro­fes­sor of geron­tol­ogy, whom she reared by her­self. Oh the oth­er hand, she has a dif­fi­cult rela­tion­ship with her daugh­ter-in-law, Aeja. After Aeja’s sud­den col­lapse leads to hos­pi­tal­iza­tion, her doc­tor strong­ly advis­es her to live apart from Mal­soon. The day Hyunchul tells his moth­er she must move to a nurs­ing home, Mal­soon wan­ders the streets in dis­tress. While walk­ing, she comes across a mys­te­ri­ous pho­to stu­dio that claims to cap­ture one’s youth. She sits for a pho­to, believ­ing it will be her last por­trait for her funer­al. As she emerges from the stu­dio, how­ev­er, Mal­soon is dumb­found­ed by her reflec­tion in a mir­ror. Now a fresh, twen­ty-year-old woman, she hides from her fam­i­ly and changes her name to Oh Doori.

Cen­ter for Kore­an Stud­ies film screen­ings are free and open to all. They take place in the Center’s audi­to­ri­um at 1881 East-West Road on the Uni­ver­si­ty of Hawai’i Mānoa cam­pus. Kore­an-lan­guage films include Eng­lish sub­ti­tles. Screen­ings begin at 6:30 p.m.

Lim­it­ed, paid ($6) pub­lic park­ing is avail­able in the park­ing lot adja­cent to the Cen­ter and in oth­er park­ing lots on cam­pus. For more infor­ma­tion about park­ing reg­u­la­tions and loca­tions, con­sult the cam­pus park­ing office Web page.

Sup­port for this series comes from the Tim­o­thy and Miri­am Wee Memo­r­i­al Fund at the Cen­ter for Kore­an Stud­ies. DVDs used for the screen­ings are gifts of the Kore­an Film Coun­cil and the Kore­an Film Archive. For infor­ma­tion about the oth­er films in the series, fol­low this link.

For fur­ther infor­ma­tion about the series, tele­phone the Cen­ter for Kore­an Stud­ies at (808) 956‑7041 or Jude Y. Yang (yoonlim@hawaii.edu) at (808) 956‑2319.

Watch the Trailer

An adver­tis­ing trail­er for Miss Granny is avail­able here:

 

CKS Film Series: My Love, Don’t Cross That River

CKS film series entry My Love, Don't Cross That RiverThe Cen­ter for Kore­an Stud­ies fall 2016 film series con­tin­ues Tues­day, Octo­ber 11, with a warm sto­ry of per­sist­ing love and devo­tion: My Love, Don’t Cross That Riv­er (님아 그 강을 건너지 마오), direct­ed by Jin Moy­oung.

The film is the third in the series “Late Blos­soms: Old Age in Kore­an Cin­e­ma,” films with a pos­i­tive view of lat­er life. The series is intend­ed to present an appre­ci­a­tion of the ever-grow­ing elder­ly pop­u­la­tion of South Korea.

The movie tells the sto­ry of eighty-nine-year-old Kang Gyeye­ol and nine­ty-eight-year-old Jo Byeong­man. The two have been mar­ried for sev­en­ty-six years. Their chil­dren have all left to live in the city. Now wher­ev­er they go, they dress in match­ing tra­di­tion­al Kore­an han­bok out­fits and hold hands. They spend every day as though they were new­ly­weds. One day their pup­py sud­den­ly dies and Byeong­man gets weak­er and weak­er. Gyeye­ol, hear­ing her hus­band cough­ing, sens­es that she will be alone soon and pre­pares a farewell.

CKS film screen­ings are free and open to all. They take place in the Cen­ter for Kore­an Stud­ies audi­to­ri­um at 1881 East-West Road on the Uni­ver­si­ty of Hawai’i Mānoa cam­pus. Kore­an-lan­guage films include Eng­lish sub­ti­tles. The show begins at 6:30 p.m.

Lim­it­ed, paid ($6) pub­lic park­ing is avail­able in the park­ing lot adja­cent to the Cen­ter and in oth­er park­ing lots on cam­pus. For more infor­ma­tion about park­ing reg­u­la­tions and loca­tions, con­sult the cam­pus park­ing office Web page.

Sup­port for this series comes from the Tim­o­thy and Miri­am Wee Memo­r­i­al Fund at the Cen­ter for Kore­an Stud­ies. DVDs used for the screen­ings are gifts of the Kore­an Film Coun­cil and the Kore­an Film Archive. For infor­ma­tion about the oth­er films in the series, fol­low this link.

For fur­ther infor­ma­tion about the series, tele­phone the Cen­ter for Kore­an Stud­ies at (808) 956‑7041 or Jude Y. Yang (yoonlim@hawaii.edu) at (808) 956‑2319.

Watch the Trailer

An adver­tis­ing trail­er for the movie is avail­able on line here:

 

CKS Film Series: On An Island of Elderly Women

poster for film series entry MapadoThe Cen­ter for Kore­an Stud­ies fall 2016 film series con­tin­ues Tues­day, Sep­tem­ber 27, with a tale of reversed roles on an iso­lat­ed island. The fea­tured film is Mapa­do: Island of For­tunes (마파도), a 2005 release direct­ed by Choo Chang­min.

The film is the sec­ond in the series “Late Blos­soms: Old Age in Kore­an Cin­e­ma.” These movies offer a bright view of lat­er life embody­ing moments of love, laugh­ter, and last­ing youth­ful spir­it. The series aims to present an appre­ci­a­tion of the elder­ly of South Korea, where the elder­ly pop­u­la­tion is increas­ing.

The cen­tral char­ac­ters in Mapa­do are a gang­ster named Jaeche­ol and a cor­rupt police­man named Chang­su. On the trail of a young woman who stole a win­ning lot­tery tick­et worth mil­lions from them, they find their way to the small, iso­lat­ed island of Mapa­do. There they dis­cov­er the island is inhab­it­ed only by five elder­ly women. The women, odd but friend­ly, have not seen a man for twen­ty years. While wait­ing for a boat to take them off the island, Jaeche­ol and Chang­su live a night­mar­ish week of slave labor and sex­u­al harass­ment by the old women.

CKS film screen­ings are free and open to all. They take place in the Cen­ter for Kore­an Stud­ies Audi­to­ri­um at 1881 East-West Road on the Uni­ver­si­ty of Hawai’i Mānoa cam­pus. Kore­an films are shown with Eng­lish sub­ti­tles. The show begins at 6:30 p.m.

Lim­it­ed, paid ($6.00) pub­lic park­ing is avail­able in the park­ing lot adja­cent to the Cen­ter and in oth­er vis­i­tor park­ing lots on cam­pus. For more infor­ma­tion about park­ing reg­u­la­tions and loca­tions, con­sult the cam­pus park­ing office Web page.

This series is sup­port­ed by the Tim­o­thy and Miri­am Wee Memo­r­i­al Fund at the Cen­ter for Kore­an Stud­ies. DVDs used for the screen­ings are gifts of the Kore­an Film Coun­cil and the Kore­an Film Archive. For infor­ma­tion about the oth­er films in the series, fol­low this link.

For fur­ther infor­ma­tion about the series, con­tact the Cen­ter for Kore­an Stud­ies at (808) 956‑7041 or Jude Y. Yang (yoonlim@hawaii.edu) at (808) 956‑2319.

An adver­tis­ing trail­er for Mapa­do is avail­able here: