The Center for Korean Studies spring 2012 film series opens Tuesday (January 24) with Han HyÅng-Mo’s 1956 comedy Hyperbola of Youth ì²ì¶˜ìŒê³¡ì„ . 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.
Hyperbola of Youth is widely regarded as the first Korean comedy film, but unlike the tightly scripted romantic comedies of 1950s Hollywood, it explodes off the screen, going in a million directions at once. From delightful musical numbers to comic situations, the film abandons the thread of the plot whenever the opportunity for a song or a joke arises, putting this film closer to vaudeville than Hollywood narrative. Holding the film together is a gentle satire of Modernity, Westernization, and class difference.
The film tells the story of MyÅng-ho, a middle-school teacher from a poor family, and Bu-nam, son of a trading company president, who attended the same university. When both develop gastric problems–Bu-nam from eating too much and MyÅng-ho from eating too little–their doctor suggests they exchange lifestyles for two weeks. Living in each otherâ€™s homes, each one falls in love with the otherâ€™s sister. The two couples unite in a joint wedding ceremony.
The film screenings are free and open to all. Films shown are in Korean with English subtitles. For a complete schedule of the film series, see [cref 1693]. For further information, including information regarding access for the handicapped, telephone the Center at (808) 956‑7041.