Intergenerational Conflict is Theme of Next Film Series Feature

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.