Comedy Film Series Wraps Up April 24

Poster: A Petty Middle ManagerThe final fea­ture in the Cen­ter for Kore­an Stud­ies spring series of Gold­en Age come­dies will be shown Tues­day, April 24, 2012, at 6:30 p.m. in the Center’s Audi­to­ri­um. The film is A Pet­ty Mid­dle Man­ag­er 삼등과장 (1961), direct­ed by Lee Bong-Rae.

Based on an orig­i­nal screen­play, A Pet­ty Mid­dle Man­ag­er was released in the­aters on May 4, 1961, less than a month after the April 19 over­throw of Pres­i­dent Syn­g­man Rhee and weeks before the May 19 coup d’état led by Gen­er­al Park Chung-hee. Influ­enced by the polit­i­cal events of the time, the film takes a crit­i­cal stance toward Kore­an soci­ety and marks a point of depar­ture from the more opti­mistic and pos­i­tive films shown ear­li­er in this series. Still, it retains a humor­ous tone and treats many of the same con­cerns with mod­ern­iza­tion and mar­riage.

The sto­ry line tracks a branch man­ag­er at a trans­porta­tion com­pa­ny, again played by Kim Sŏng-ho, who heads a large fam­i­ly con­sist­ing of his par­ents, wife, son, and daugh­ter. He wins a pro­mo­tion by con­vert­ing part of the branch office into a dance school for a com­pa­ny director’s mis­tress. A flur­ry of rumors and accu­sa­tions leads the director’s wife to dis­cov­er and con­front the mis­tress, who ends the affair and returns to her home­town.

These film screen­ings are free and open to all. Films shown are in Kore­an with Eng­lish sub­ti­tles. The series is sup­port­ed by the Tim­o­thy and Miri­am Wee Memo­r­i­al Fund at the Cen­ter for Kore­an Stud­ies. For infor­ma­tion regard­ing access for the hand­i­capped or park­ing please tele­phone (808) 956‑7041.