CKS Film Series: On An Island of Elderly Women

poster for film series entry MapadoThe Cen­ter for Kore­an Stud­ies fall 2016 film series con­tin­ues Tues­day, Sep­tem­ber 27, with a tale of reversed roles on an iso­lat­ed island. The fea­tured film is Mapa­do: Island of For­tunes (마파도), a 2005 release direct­ed by Choo Chang­min.

The film is the sec­ond in the series “Late Blos­soms: Old Age in Kore­an Cin­e­ma.” These movies offer a bright view of lat­er life embody­ing moments of love, laugh­ter, and last­ing youth­ful spir­it. The series aims to present an appre­ci­a­tion of the elder­ly of South Korea, where the elder­ly pop­u­la­tion is increas­ing.

The cen­tral char­ac­ters in Mapa­do are a gang­ster named Jaeche­ol and a cor­rupt police­man named Chang­su. On the trail of a young woman who stole a win­ning lot­tery tick­et worth mil­lions from them, they find their way to the small, iso­lat­ed island of Mapa­do. There they dis­cov­er the island is inhab­it­ed only by five elder­ly women. The women, odd but friend­ly, have not seen a man for twen­ty years. While wait­ing for a boat to take them off the island, Jaeche­ol and Chang­su live a night­mar­ish week of slave labor and sex­u­al harass­ment by the old women.

CKS film screen­ings are free and open to all. They take place in the Cen­ter for Kore­an Stud­ies Audi­to­ri­um at 1881 East-West Road on the Uni­ver­si­ty of Hawai’i Mānoa cam­pus. Kore­an films are shown with Eng­lish sub­ti­tles. The show begins at 6:30 p.m.

Lim­it­ed, paid ($6.00) pub­lic park­ing is avail­able in the park­ing lot adja­cent to the Cen­ter and in oth­er vis­i­tor park­ing lots on cam­pus. For more infor­ma­tion about park­ing reg­u­la­tions and loca­tions, con­sult the cam­pus park­ing office Web page.

This series is sup­port­ed by the Tim­o­thy and Miri­am Wee Memo­r­i­al Fund at the Cen­ter for Kore­an Stud­ies. DVDs used for the screen­ings are gifts of the Kore­an Film Coun­cil and the Kore­an Film Archive. For infor­ma­tion about the oth­er films in the series, fol­low this link.

For fur­ther infor­ma­tion about the series, con­tact the Cen­ter for Kore­an Stud­ies at (808) 956‑7041 or Jude Y. Yang ( at (808) 956‑2319.

An adver­tis­ing trail­er for Mapa­do is avail­able here: