The Center for Korean Studies spring 2012 film series continues Tuesday, March 20, with a showing of the family melodrama Mr. Park (박서방), a 1960 film directed by Kang Dae-Jin. As usual, the film will be shown in the Center for Korean Studies auditorium beginning at 6:30 p.m.
Based on a popular radio drama, Mr. Park uses intergenerational conflict around marriage as a way of exploring differing attitudes toward modernity and is a star vehicle for popular actor Kim Sŏng-ho. Like the other comedies in this film series, Mr. Park ends in a happy resolution between the conservative values of the older generation and the liberal attitudes of the children, creating humor from an even-handed critique of both positions.
In the film, Kim Sŏng-ho plays a good-hearted but uneducated and obstinate plasterer, Mr. Park, who must deal with the courtship and marriage plans of his son and two daughters. The story’s various episodes illustrate both intergenerational value conflicts in a modernizing era and the problems often engendered by differences in family backgrounds.
Director Kang Dae-jin followed this movie with the melodrama The Coachman (1961), in which he explores many of the same themes as in Mr. Park in a more serious manner.
This film screening is free and open to all. Films are shown in Korean with English subtitles. For a complete schedule of the film series, visit the Center for Korean Studies Web site (http://www.hawaii.edu/korea/). For information regarding access for the handicapped, parking, and other matters, telephone (808) 956‑7041.