Complicated Mystery is Next CKS Film Fare

The fifth fea­ture in the Cen­ter for Kore­an Stud­ies fall 2011 film series, direc­tor Kim Ki-Young’s 1977 Iŏ Island 이ì – ´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 하녀. One of his most impor­tant films of the 1970s, Iŏ Island is a com­pli­cat­ed movie pre­sent­ing a mys­tery in which the cir­cum­stances of a reporter’s death are revealed through inves­ti­ga­tion by a trav­el agency work­er. The inves­ti­ga­tor traces the victim’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.