Golden Age Comedies On Tap in Spring Korean Film Series

image: Scene from Hyperbola of Youth

Scene from “Hyper­bo­la of Youth”

What made Kore­ans laugh in the late 1950s and ear­ly 1960s? If pop­u­lar movies are any indi­ca­tion, you’ll find some answers to this ques­tion in the Cen­ter for Kore­an Stud­ies spring 2012 film series. This semester’s pro­gram, curat­ed by Asian stud­ies grad­u­ate stu­dent Matt Winchell, is stocked with a half-dozen rep­re­sen­ta­tive fam­i­ly and roman­tic come­dies pro­duced by well-known direc­tors of the period.

The sched­ule includes:

  • Jan­u­ary 24: Hyper­bo­la of Youth 청춘쌍곡선, direct­ed by Han Hyŏng-Mo (1956)
  • Feb­ru­ary 7: A Roman­tic Papa 로만스파파, direct­ed by Shin Sang-Ok (1960)
  • March 3: The Love Mar­riage 자유결혼, direct­ed by Lee Byung-il (1958)
  • March 20: Mr. Park 박서방, direct­ed by Kang Dae-Jin (1960)
  • April 10: A Female Boss ì — ¬ì‚¬ìž¥, direct­ed by Han Hyŏng-Mo (1959)
  • April 24: A Pet­ty Mid­dle Man­ag­er 삼등과장, direct­ed Lee Bong-Rae (1961).

Beyond just pro­vid­ing laughs, and here and there some tears, these films pro­vide glimpses of chang­ing domes­tic and social norms of their time. Screen­ings take place in the Cen­ter for Kore­an Stud­ies audi­to­ri­um and begin at 6:30 p.m. All films have Kore­an sound­tracks with Eng­lish subtitles. 

Detailed syn­opses and oth­er infor­ma­tion about most of the films can be found on the Kore­an Film Archive Web site: http://www.koreafilm.org.

These film exhi­bi­tions are pre­sent­ed with the sup­port of the Tim­o­thy and Miri­am Wee Memo­r­i­al Fund at the Cen­ter for Kore­an Stud­ies. They are free and open to the pub­lic. For fur­ther infor­ma­tion, tele­phone the Cen­ter at (808) 956‑7041 or con­tact Matt Winchell (mattwinchell@gmail.com).