Movies can and do have tremendous influence in shaping young lives in the realm of entertainment towards the ideals and objectives of normal adulthood.
I was never that into K-pop or K-dramas. Though, I do enjoy them, especially Big Bang and SNSD/Girls Generation. For the Global Internship Orientation, my professors wanted us students to get to know a bit – or at least a scratch – of Korean culture through films. So, while eating sushi and pizza, they showed us three movies that I highly recommend.
Punch is about a 17-year-old named Wan-Deuk who is rebellious student. He always gets into fights, has horrible grades, and comes from a poor family. He and his teacher, Dong-Joo, who were first enemies, grew to like and take care for each other. From this 2011 movie, I was able to see the “bad” neighborhoods and impoverished livings or poor households in Seoul. I also learned that in the high schools, teachers used to spank the students, and fights would break out a lot (according to my professors). They also use a bowl to drink alcohol from.
This was the funniest movie out of the three! Its’s a story about three friends who are all (you guessed it) TWENTY! However, leaving high school, they all have to find out and follow their own paths in life. It shows an average home, a poor home, and a rich home. From this 2015 film, I learned that all Korean men are called to give mandatory military service and that Koreans drive on the right side. That’s about it to be honest.
I think this movie was my favorite out of all of the movies. This 2015 movie is based on an original novel by Lee Hye-rin. It’s about a reporter who struggles in business and the environment of news. I learned from this movie how hard Koreans have to work to keep their jobs in stressful environments like this. According to my professor, if you don’t stay over time and choose to leave work ON TIME, then that puts you below the rest of the workers. Also, if the boss thinks he has a good idea but the staff thinks otherwise, they will most likely not say anything and go with whatever the boss wants, even if he asks for opinions. (How she put it, she said if the boss asks if you have any ideas, he’s basically saying, “Do you have any ideas better than mine?” In this case, it embarrasses the boss if I respond with any ideas, especially a better one).