The LLCC Arts and Humanities department is hosting the second presentation of its East Asia Film and Lecture Series Thursday, Oct. 8. The presentation, “Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter … and Spring,” runs from 6-9 p.m. in the Trutter Center, LLCC-Springfield, 5250 Shepherd Road. The public is invited at no charge.
“Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter … and Spring” (2003), directed by Ki-duk Kim, is about a young Buddhist apprentice who is mentored by an aging monk (Yeong-su Oh) at a secluded monastery in the Korean wilderness. As a teenager, the apprentice (Jae-kyeong Seo) encounters a girl who arrives at the monastery seeking assistance with her health. Over the course of a few days, the boy is tempted away from his spiritual existence into a sexual relationship. He leaves the monastery to follow the girl into a modern way of life he has never known and is unprepared for.
Discussion of the film is being led by Alex Jong-Seok Lee, a Ph.D. candidate in anthropology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His dissertation focuses on the relationship between South Korean globalization and notions of “service” among South Korean aspiring, current and former flight attendants. Originally from Los Angeles, Mr. Lee received his Bachelor of Arts in ethnic studies at the University of California at San Diego. An avid Champaign “Ebertfest” attendee, Mr. Lee enjoys a wide range of films, both local and global.
The East Asia Film and Lecture Series is offered in partnership with the Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. In the spring semester, LLCC is offering “Cultural Values in the Eastern World” (Humanities 201) Thursday evenings, which is being taught by English professors Paul Van Heuklom and Ashley Green. Students will explore the literature, music, philosophy and fine arts of the Eastern culture as well as complexities in the development of the human spirit. Registration for spring classes begins Oct. 28.
The next presentation in the series is:
Nov. 5: “Tokyo Story” (1953) directed by Yasujiro Ozu. Discussion led by Elizabeth Oyler, associate professor of Japanese and director of the Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies at UIUC.