Koreans fight for laughs

Koreans fight for laughs
South Korean martial arts show Jump revolves around a stereotypical Korean family who use their martial arts skills when they encounter two burglars.

The non-verbal performance formula clearly works for South Korean martial arts show Jump.

Its storyline revolves around the antics of what seems like a stereotypical Korean family.

They spring into impressive martial arts displays incorporating traditional Korean taekwondo after encountering two burglars.

The show has travelled to more than 20 countries, including the United States, Israel and Spain, since its debut in 2003.

Created by the Yegam Theatre Company, it is back in Singapore for the fourth time this weekend. It was last performed here in 2011.

While the touring show largely adheres to the same format, actor Jo Hun Young, 29, who plays a wimpy son-in-law, told Life! through a Korean translator that audience responses differ across different countries.

"When I perform slapstick actions such as accidentally hitting my head against an object, audiences from the East are more likely to find it amusing," he said.

"On the other hand, people in the West would be more fascinated by the martial arts aspects of the show, since they have less exposure to it."

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