September’s screenings in the ongoing series Ha Ha Ha – Translating Korean Humour are set out below. Saving My Hubby has the added attraction of an introduction by Paul Quinn of Hangul Celluloid.
Saving My Hubby (굳세어라 금순아)
Director: Hyeon Nam-seop, 2002, 92 mins
Cast: Bae Doo-na, Kim Tae-woo
15 Sep 16 7:00 pm
Geum-soon (Bae Doo-na), once a top-ranked volleyball player, is now a housewife with a six-month old daughter and a trouble-making husband. When her husband goes to work, Geum-soon sometimes visits the volleyball stadium where she meets many of her old colleagues and starts to reminiscence her old life as a professional sportswoman. One night Geum-soon receives a phone call from a gang in a club who are holding her husband over a massive unpaid drinks bill. Geum-soon rushes out into the night streets, carrying her baby on her back. Her once nationally-acclaimed technique of overhand spikes shocks the gang who didn’t quite expect that this young mother, looking for her hopeless husband could be as uncontrollable as this…
Scandal Makers (과속스캔들)
Director: Kang Hyung-chul, 2008, 108 mins
Cast: Cha Tae-hyun, Park Bo-young
29 Sep 16 7:00 pm
This is a feature debut of Kang Hyung-chul, the director of Sunny (2011) and Tazza: The Hidden Card (2014). Nam Hyun-soo (Cha Tae-hyun) was once one of the most popular music stars amongst teens and young women. Although he is in his mid-thirties now, he’s still a sought-after celebrity hosting a popular radio show. One day a very young single mum named Jung-nam (Park Bo-young) sends her story to the radio show that Hyun-soo hosts. Her life as a single mum and her longing to meet her own birth father whom she’s never known moves many listeners and catapults the ratings to make it the most popular radio programme. But to his surprise, Hyun-soo later confronts none other than Jung-nam, and her 7 year-old boy, Gi-dong (Wang Suk‑hyun). Jung-nam walk into Hyun-soo’s home, claiming that Hyun-soo is, in fact, her real father. Hyun-soo does what he can to get rid of Hyun-soo and to salvage his celebrity image, but will he succeed?