Family Comedy Is Next in Spring Film Series

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 Sŏng-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.