SOAS University of London

Centre of Korean Studies

Korean Cinema Echos: He's On Duty

He's on Duty

Date: 12 May 2017Time: 5:15 PM

Finishes: 12 May 2017Time: 8:00 PM

Venue: Paul Webley Wing (Senate House) Room: SWLT

Type of Event: Film

Film Information

Title: He’s on Duty (방가?방가!)

Production Details: South Korea, 2010

Cast: Kim In-kwon, Kim Jung-tae, Shin Hyun-bin

Director: Yook Sanh-Hyo

Runtime: 110 Mins

Certificate: 12

Subtitles: English 


Bang Tae-sik is a perennially unemployed South Korean man who, based on his physical appearance, could pass for a foreigner. He is as a result often confused for an outsider and, having nothing much to do, he takes advantage of his own situation. Tae-sik adopts a fake foreign accent and pretends to come from Bhutan. Very clumsy, the newly named Bang-ga gains confidence little by little and becomes more and more influential among his friends and co-workers. He also starts romancing the lovely Jangi-mi who works in the same factory as him.

With He’s on Duty, Yook Sanh-Hyo presents a light-hearted and vigorous comedy that nonetheless delivers uncommonly powerful commentaries on immigration, discrimination and racism.

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