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April 19, 2004

Kolors Film Festival Highlights Japanese, Korean Cinema April 23-25

The Kolors Fifth Annual Korean Film Festival, "Far Away So Close: The Present Pasts in Korean and Japanese Cinema," begins at The University of Iowa Friday, April 23, recalling numerous versions of the traumatic past of Japan and Korea through contemporary cinema. All of the film screenings are free and open to the public. Seven films will be screened April 23 to 25 in room 101 Becker Communication Studies Building (BCSB).

The festival will include Korean box-office movies as well as documentaries and the Japanese film "815(Hachi-Ichi-Go)" that shows the emotions within Korea and Japan. A public symposium will be at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, April 24, with noted film scholars from the University of California at Santa Barbara, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and New York University.

In addition to Kolors, sponsors of the festival include the UI Center for Asian and Pacific Studies (CAPS), the Institute for Cinema and Culture and International Programs.

"This is a wonderful opportunity to view films that portray diverse aspects of Korean and Japanese culture. International Programs is proud to be part of this important educational endeavor," said William M. Reisinger, associate provost for academic programs and dean, International Programs. "I applaud the members of KOLORS for obtaining films that will educate, entertain and inspire the campus and community while illuminating international and cross-cultural issues."

Kolors is the UI Korean and Korean American Students Group, which was organized in 1999 primarily by Korean communication studies students. One of its goals was to increase understanding of Korean cinema, culture and society among the UI community by hosting, among other events, an annual film festival.

"One of the distinctive goals of this year's festival is to offer the idea that true understanding cannot be engendered through a one-way communication but through a conversation between more than two parties," said Kwak Yung-Bin, executive programming director of the festival. "The complex layers of the relationship between Korea and Japan will be revealed through these films and they will surely provide relevant implications for this world of war and hatred."

For more information or special accommodations to attend any of these films, contact Irene Lee at 319-621-6062 or

More information on the festival and films, including a complete schedule is online:

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACTS: Media: Lois Gray, 319-335-2026,; Program: Irene Lee, 319-621-6062,; Writer: Mansi Bhatia