Hawaii has been referenced in Korean cinema for years. Before the implementation of the Visa Waiver Program for South Koreans, travel to the U.S. was difficult and costly. This was reflected in the psyche of South Koreans, making Hawaii even more of an unreachable paradise.
A most notable reference to Hawaii is in the 2001 film “Friend,” where icon actor Dong Gun Jang tells his gangster counterpart, “ni ga gara … Hawaii” meaning: “you go to Hawaii,” as he tried to protect his friend from gangsters.
In 2016, another film, “Train to Busan,” a zombie action film takes place on a fast train from Seoul to Busan. Seok-woo (played by Yoo Gong), a fund manager, takes his daughter Su-an to see his ex-wife in Busan as her birthday wish. The zombie outbreak hits all parts of Korea, with the city of Busan as the last haven for humans. Su-an and a surviving pregnant mother are in the final scene walking in a tunnel to safety when they are under the scope of a military sniper. Ordered to kill but the sniper holds fire as Su-an starts singing “Aloha ‘Oe” in Korean, which saves their lives.
2016 SBS Drama Awards
Today, 5 p.m.: Actors and actresses of 2016 SBS dramas gather to celebrate and receive recognition at this special annual festival. Cheer on your favorite celebrities from your dramas in 2016 as they vie for the most coveted titles of the year.
Episodes 19 and 20
Monday, 7:45 p.m.: Chief Do spreads false rumors that Chairman Shin’s successful heart surgery was done at Geodae Hospital. He tries to recruit the surgery team to the main hospital. Reporter Oh pays a visit to Nurse Noh’s restaurant for the truth.
Tuesday, 7:45 p.m.: Chief Do is humiliated in front of all, and in fury, punches Teacher Kim. The two fight at Geodae Hospital’s reception area. A huge ice sculpture falls on Teacher Kim. Feeling the heat, Chief Do goes and pleads for his innocence.
“Legend of the Blue Sea”
Episodes 19 and 20 (Final)
Wednesday, 7:45 p.m.: Shim Chung takes the bullet aimed at Joon-jae and becomes unconscious. Joon-jae is tormented over the unexpected turn of events. Meanwhile, Ma Dae-young seeks out Professor Jin to try bringing his memory back.
Thursday, 7:45p.m.: Shim Chung is to return to the sea, and says goodbye to people around her. People are taken off guard at Joon-jae’s unexplainable behavior after Chung’s departure.
Episode 28 and 29
Friday, 7:45 p.m.: Hyun-ki tells Ji-gun to take Hae-ryung and leave before she finds out. Mi-soon goes to see Sam-bong, after hearing about Man-ho and Se-ri’s wedding. Ji-gun asks Hae-ryung to leave with him.
Saturday, 7:45 p.m.: Sam-bong urges Hae-won and Kang-min to get married, but Hae-won refuses. Ji-gun prepares for a break up with Hae-ryung. Jin-hwa draws on Se-ri’s face while she naps.
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