The Center for Korean Studies spring 2012 film series continues on Tuesday, February 7, with the 1960 comedy A Romantic Papa (로만스파파), directed by Shin Sang-Ok. The screening starts at 6:30 p.m. in the Center for Korean Studies auditorium at 1881 East-West Road on the UH Manoa campus. Running time is 131 minutes.
A Romantic Papa is representative of the most popular and long-lasting variation of Korean comedy films: the family comedy. Starring the hugely popular Kim Sŏng-ho, the film is based on a popular radio series and deals with generational conflict in a light-hearted, genial manner. It tells the story of an insurance company employee, called “Romantic Papa” by his children, who heads a happy family of wife, two sons, and three daughters. On a modest salary, he nurtures his family with a ready smile. Forced into retirement because of his age, he is afraid to tell his family he has lost his job. His children discover the truth, but pretend not to know. They all get together for a happy celebration of his birthday.
The Center for Korean Studies film series is free and open to all. Films are shown in Korean with English subtitles. For a complete schedule of the series, see [cref 1693]. For further information, including information regarding access for the handicapped, telephone the Center at (808) 956‑7041. The series is supported by the Timothy and Miriam Wee Memorial Fund at the Center for Korean Studies.