The Center for Korean Studies fall 2013 film series continues November 5 with another story of shattered lives in a divided Korea. The film is Over the Border (국경의 남쪽), a 2006 release directed by Ahn Pan-suk and featuring award-winning Korean Wave star Cha Seung-won.
The storyline centers on Kim Sun-ho (played by Cha), who holds a privileged slot as a horn player in the North Korean state propaganda troupe and is soon to be married. His life comes unraveled, however, when his family receives letters from Sun-ho’s grandfather in Seoul. They begin to exchange letters, but this puts their family in danger so they decide to defect to the South.
Sun-ho is devastated because he can’t take his girlfriend Yon-hwa with him but he promises to bring her to Seoul as soon as possible. In Seoul, he tries to save money to help her escape from the North, but one day he learns that Yon-hwa has married another man. He becomes hopeless but later tries to find a way to adapt himself to life in the South.
The Center for Korean Studies film series is free and open to all University of Hawai’i students, faculty, and staff and to the community at large. The series is supported by the Timothy and Miriam Wee Memorial Fund at the Center for Korean Studies and is planned and directed by Professor Young-a Park of the UH Asian Studies Program with the assistance of Robert York.
Film screenings take place in the Center for Korean Studies auditorium 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. For further information, contact the Center for Korean Studies at (808) 956‑7041 or Professor Young-a Park (firstname.lastname@example.org) at (808) 956‑6387.
A trailer for Over the Border is available on line at: