Korean Animation Film Series 2005
April 5, 12, 19, & 26
All screenings at the Wang Center Theater. Co-sponsored with the Department of Korean Studies. Admission is free.
Little Dinosaur Dooly
A little dinosaur named Dooly, who was imprisoned in a giant iceberg in the South Pole millions of years ago, happens to be freed and floats down the Han river in Seoul. Dooly wakes up from his long sleep and stays with an ordinary citizen, Mr. Ko Gildong. There, he gets into all kinds of mischief with his friends Heedong, and extraterrestrials Dona and Tochi, and his neighbor, Michael. Then the friends decide to become human adults by getting into alien Dona's time machine. However, the machine makes a mistake and they are lost in time and space.
(Kyungwon Im/1996/80 min./Korean with English subtitles)
Tuesday, April 5, Wang Center Theatre, 7:00 p.m. Free to all.
My Beautiful Girl Mari
Nam-woo is living in a seaside village with his widowed mother. His grandmother is ill, his best friend is leaving soon to study in Seoul, and in some way, his mother is leaving him, too, by paying more attention to her new lover. To escape, he daydreams of a fantastic place where a girl named Mari tries to connect with him. His fantasies of Mari help him overcome his alienation and loneliness. As an adult, Nam-woo reflects on what kind of impact Mari and her world had on his growth as a human being. (Sung-gang Lee/2001/80 min./Korean with English subtitles)
Tuesday, April 12, 7:00 p.m., Wang Center Theatre. Free to all.
Wonderful Days (Sky Blue)
In 2142, civilization has collapsed under the weight of environmental pollution. Scientists and elite members of society live in the city Ecoban, powered by a system that coverts pollution into energy. Outside Ecoban, refugees led by Shua, secretly plan the violent overthrow of the city. Pitted against Shua are Simon, Ecoban's security chief, and Jay, a fiery female agent, both of whom share a secret history with Shua. In groundbreaking visual style, which combines 2D, 3D, and live-action miniature animation, this science fiction epic was a hit at this year's Sundance Film Festival, and is already considered a modern classic. (Moon-saeng Kim/2003/93 min./Korean with English subtitles)
Tuesday, April 19, 7:00 p.m., Wang Center Theatre. Free to all.
Based on a fairytale by Jung Chae-bong, this moving animation tells the story of two orphaned siblings. Gami is a young blind girl who has had to become a mother-figure for her 5 year old brother, Gilson. With nowhere to go and winter coming, they stumble upon two Buddhist monks who take them to their temple to stay. Gami takes to the life with her normal serene manner, but the peaceful temple is in for a surprise when the boystrous Gilson arrives. Oseam received the Cristal D'Annecy in the feature films category at the 2004 International Animation Festival in France, which is considered the most important event for animations in the world. (Sung Baek-Yeop/2003/75 min./Korean with English subtitles)
Tuesday, April 26, 7:00 p.m., Wang Center Theatre. Free to all.