The 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 (email@example.com) at (808) 956‑2319.
An advertising trailer for Mapado is available here: