Back in the 2013 London Korean Film Festival there was a mini-retrospective of Kang Woo-suk, with five of his films screening. This month we will be offered two of his early films: Mister Mama (12 Feb) and the first in the Two Cops franchise (26 Feb). Brief synopses below. As usual, booking is essential via the KCC website.
Mister Mama (미스터 맘마, 1992)
Hyung-joon who believes cooking, cleaning and looking after a baby is solely a job for women gets a rude awakening. He wakes up to the cries of his son Sang-ah and discovers that his wife has left him. He has no choice but to gather his son’s nappy bag and take him to work. Soon his colleagues get used to the cries of the baby, and Hyung-joon becomes very good at taking care of his son. The only female employee, Young-joo, helps Hyung-joon look after Sang-ah when Hyung-joon has to pull overtime, and the two become close. Young-joo realises that her boyfriend, Hae-seok, the seemingly perfect guy, thinks he has a claim on her and breaks up with him. She then returns to Hyung-joon and Sang-ah…
Two Cops (투캅스, 1993)
The experienced detective Jo has a new colleague, Kang who recently graduated from the Police Academy at the top of the class. The idealistic Kang always sticks to his principles and often conflicts with Jo, an amoral cop who always tries to take advantage of his position. Kang tries to win Jo over to his side but fails. One day, a beautiful woman who works in a bar comes to the police station for help, and Kang falls in love with her. Kang visits the bar often to see her and becomes more like Jo. Jo is initially pleased with this, but later feels a dilemma with Kang’s change in attitude.