The fifth feature in the Center for Korean Studies fall 2011 film series, director Kim Ki-Young’s 1977 IÅ Island ì´ì – ´ë„, will be screened in the Center’s auditorium Tuesday, November 1, beginning at 6:30 p.m.
One of Korea’s most significant directors, Kim (1921 – 1998) has enjoyed renewed notoriety with the recent revival and remake of his 1960 film The Housemaid í•˜ë…€. One of his most important films of the 1970s, IÅ Island is a complicated movie presenting a mystery in which the circumstances of a reporterâ€™s death are revealed through investigation by a travel agency worker. The investigator traces the victimâ€™s life through the women who had loved him and becomes increasingly embroiled in the case. Legends, demons, and occult magic are opposed to and combined with modern discourses such as scientific knowledge, commercialization, and environmental destruction.
For a more detailed description of the film, see the Korea Film Archive Web site: http://www.koreafilm.org. For more about the film series, telephone the Center for Korean Studies at (808) 956‑7041. These screenings are free and open to the public and are presented with the support of the Timothy and Miriam Wee Memorial Fund at the Center for Korean Studies.