YOU CALL IT PASSION is a comedy/drama about a newly hired journalism graduate and her struggle to gain the respect of her colleagues. Like all beginning journalists, Rah-hee is paid less than the minimum wage, has little time to herself and does not receive any recognition for her work. However, by the end of the movie she has an opportunity to demonstrate her journalistic integrity. The movie features compelling characters and excels in its realistic portrayal of the Korean office environment. In Korean with English subtitles. (Gi-hun Jeong, 2015, 106 min.)
South Korean Millennials: Coming of Age in the Twenty-first Century Film Series
Despite the "economic miracle" of South Korea’s growth in the late twentieth century, millennials describe life there as "Hell-Joseon." High school and college are hyper-competitive, and there is a severe shortage of well-paying jobs. Economic inequality is increasing, and immigrants fill many low-wage jobs, despite being somewhat unwelcome in a country that has valued ethnic homogeneity. Financial hardships have led many millennials to give up dating, marriage and starting a family. Against this background, these movies approach the general issues of growing up in twenty-first century Korea with humor and optimism.
Presented in partnership with the Institute for Korean Studies at Indiana University Bloomington and the Academy of Korean Studies.