Passport Series 2019

House of Hummingbird (Beol-Sae)

Set against the backdrop of a rapidly expanding Seoul in 1994, a lonely 14-year-old Eun-hee moves through life like a hummingbird searching for a taste of sweetness wherever she may find it. Deprived of attention from her family, she roams the neighborhood with her best friend, attempts romantic relationships with both girls and boys alike and is sent to the hospital with an unclear diagnosis. When Young-ji, a new teacher, arrives, she becomes the first adult Eun-hee feels really understands her. Bora Kim's debut feature, loosely inspired by memories of her own childhood.

"An assured and affecting portrait of teenaged uncertainty and insecurity. Young actor Park Jihu turns in a surprisingly nuanced — and it could be said, mature — performance as Eunhee, crafting a blessedly layered character." (Elizabeth Kerr, Hollywood Reporter)

Stay after for a discussion with Dr. Seungkwon You, director of the Global Leadership Program and Asian Scholars Program at MU's Asian Affairs Center. Dr. You is an associate teaching professor for the Korean Studies Program at MU and has been teaching courses on Korean society through cinema and U.S.-Korean relations for the past 15 years.