Prison breaks, gunshots and cook-offs

The must-see South Korean film at HIFF Spring Showcase this year is the opening night film, “The Prison,” on March 31 at 8 p.m. Dole Cannery A.

Directed by Na Hyeon, the Hawaii premiere of “The Prison,” has an all-star cast of Rae-won Kim (Doctors), Han Suk-kyu (romantic doctor), Kyoung-young Lee and Jae-yoon Jo. The official release date in South Korea is March 31. For more information, please visit

Here is the synopses provided by HIFF: In a maximum security prison, an underground network has been set up where inmates are hired to sneak out at night to commit perfect crimes. Ik-Ho is a prisoner and also the head gang leader there. Yoo-Gun is a new inmate and former detective who was framed for crimes he didn’t commit. Ik-Ho pays attention to the hot tempered Yoo-Gun, and sees a future for him in this conspiracy where crime and corruption go hand-in-hand for political and financial gain.

Upcoming episodes:

‘Perfect Bride’

Episodes 39 & 40

Today, 6:30 p.m.: Jae-soon is guilt stricken at seeing Ddol lying unconscious in the hospital. Se-gye tells her to prepare for the worst case scenario, which makes her furious. Facing difficulties, Gab-dol tells Gab-soon they should call off the marriage.

Today, 7:45 p.m.: Ki-ja hands over Gab-dol’s bank accounts to Gab-soon, while giving her an earful. Gab-dol is concerned with the growing rift between Gab-soon and his mother. Se-gye runs into his mother after telling her he’s working at the store.

‘Innocent Defendant’

Episodes 12 & 13

Monday, 7:45 p.m.: The warden orders an inspection of all cells. Jung-woo’s cellmates worry for him as he tries to return to his cell. As Joon-hyun packs to leave, he comes across Ha-yun’s Nemo stuffed doll and is engulfed in pain.

Tuesday, 7:45 p.m.: Jung-woo, Chul-shik and Mong-chi split up, as they are chased down by prison guards. Jung-woo is stopped by a policeman. Chul-shik and Mong-chi are concerned for Jung-woo’s welfare when they hear a gunshot. Chairman Cha goes to meet Min-ho, while trying to find a way to wiggle out of charges against Chamyoung.

‘Saimdang, Memoir of Colors’

Episodes 13 & 14

Wednesday, 7:45 p.m.: Saimdang attends the emergency parents’ meeting at the school. Whieumdang makes an issue of Saimdang’s family, proposing expulsion for Hyun-ryong. King Joong-jong and Yi Gyum go out on a hunting trip. The king questions the quality of the paper produced by Jangwon Paper Company, which is run by Min Chi-hyung.

Thursday, 7:45 p.m.: A competition for the best paper is to be held. Saimdang heads to Woonpyungsa to find out the secret to the best paper. Whieumdang finds out and follows her. King Joong-jong entrusts Yi Gyum to investigate corruption in paper purchases for the court. With this authority, Yi Gyum closes in on Min Chi-hyung.

‘Happy Home’

Episode 42 & 43

Friday, 7:45 p.m.: Sam-bong and Mi-soon have a cook-off. If Mi-soon loses, she has to give up the restaurant. And if Sam-bong loses, he must give Mi-soon her children. Meanwhile, Hae-ryung is in total confusion between Ji-gun and Hyun-ki. Ji-gun gets nervous at seeing her in this state.

Saturday, 7:45 p.m.: Hyun-ki tells his mother he is afraid of dying. Gyeong-ok pledges to save him somehow. Gyeong-ok tells Ji-gun he must take responsibility for her grandson’s death. Gyeong-ok pressures Ji-gun to try saving Hyun-ki.


Jeff Chung is general manager of KBFD TV, which televises Korean dramas with English subtitles. This column offers synopses of the dramas playing throughout Hawaii. Chung can be reached at 521-8066 or


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