How does the protagonist change throughout the film and what is the cause of the change

Week 4

Week 4 Assignments:

Readings:  N/A


1.  Watch: 200 Pounds Beauty

2.  Watch  ONE  of the following films:

· Miss Granny  – Comedy about an elderly woman who gets turned into a 20-year-old woman again by a magical camera.

· Penny Pinchers  – Comedy about a young man who does whatever he wants and struggles to find a job and is conned by a frugal woman into opening a bank account in his name for her in exchange for being taught how to save money.

· A Company Man  – Action film about a man who works for a company that secretly deals in assassinations and his struggle to leave the company to pursue a normal family life.

Video Lectures:    Drama Overview and Short History of Korean Cinema (Available 9/18)

Discussion Boards:  Week 4 – South Korean Film

Assignments:  Concept Draft (Due End of Week 5)


 200 Pounds Beauty  

1.This film is considered to be a comedy, but most of the comedy revolves around the concept of “fat jokes.”  What do you think this film is saying about the expectations for women in terms of body weight in South Korea? Do you think this applies to all women or only those in the entertainment industry?

2. The film mentions that Hanna has talent and Amy has beauty and yet it is Amy is the one who is able to become famous and not Hanna. What do you think this is implying about the South Korean entertainment industry and why do you think it is that way? Is it the same here in the U.S.?

3. Many opinions are offered about cosmetic surgery in the film. What are these opinions? Do you agree or disagree with them?

4. This movie was made in 2006, do you think that the opinion of cosmetic surgery is still the same in South Korea or has it changed?

5. What message do you think the director wanted to convey to the audience with this film?

Answer Questions ONLY for the film you watched below.

1. Miss Granny

How are age discrimination and the treatment of one’s elderly parents represented in this film? Do you think this is a serious problem and do you think that we deal with this same problem in the U.S?

In Confucian societies, there is a great deal of respect for one’s elders. Do you think those values are reflected in this film or is the appreciation for youth, beauty, and novelty compromising these values?

2. A Company Man

What do you think this film is trying to tell the viewer about the average company man’s work/life balance in this film and how is that message conveyed in the film? Do you think that people in the US have work/life balance problems? Explain.

How does the protagonist change throughout the film and what is the cause of the change?

3. Penny Pinchers

In the very beginning of the film, what does the protagonist struggle to do?  Do you think young people in the US face the same struggle and what effect might that have on the mental health of this generation of young people?

Compare the two main characters. Which of these characters do you think represents the status quo in South Korea? Do you think we struggle with this problem in the U.S.? Should some of us be doing more of what we want to do or more of what we need to do? Explain.

General Film Questions

Based on what you’ve seen, do you think Korean films can compete with Hollywood films? Why or why not?

Discussion Board Response

1. Respond to one of the poster’s 200 pounds beauty comments.

2. Respond to one of the poster’s other film comments (Choose someone who watched the same film as you)

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