Isle, The ( Seom ) Movie Information

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Overall Rank: 5217

Average Rating: 2.7/4

# of Ratings: 18

Theatrical Release Date: 08/23/2002

Language: Korean

Genre: Drama

MPAA Rating: NR

Director: Ki-duk Kim

Actors: Jung Suh, Yoosuk Kim, Sung-hee Park, Jae-hyeon Jo, Hang-Seon Jang, Yeo-jin Kim

Plot: An isolated lake in the Korean wilderness is where Hee-Jin calls home - bringing bait, an occasionally prostitutes, to the men who frequent the floating shacks. Some, like Hyun-Shik, are hiding out - and she develops an attachment to him. When the police some calling one day, he tries to commit suicide, but Hee-Jin won't let him go. -- Chris Kavan

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Chris Kavan - wrote on 09/09/2012

The film moves slow and doesn't have tons of dialogue, but it is visually striking with a slow-simmering sexual tension that builds and builds. Tortured, troubled souls always seem to find each other, but those relationship don't tend to turn out for the best. Also, out of things you never, ever want to swallow, fish hooks have to be near the top.

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"The Isle" by Yojimbo

Yojimbo - wrote on 02/03/2012

A suicidal young man who is on the run from the police enters into an obsessive relationship with the woman who services the small fishing community in which he is hiding. The Isle is one of those "arthouse" films which relies far more on a keen visual eye and twisted sexual character study than plot and narrative momentum. It is strikingly shot, full of arresting images and visual analogies and the beautiful Jung Uh is a formidable presence, especially since she does not utter a single word for the duration of the entire film; she is somewhat reminiscent of Asami from Audition if she were a few sandwiches short of a picnic instead of the whole hamper. It also reminded me of Betty Blue for its obsessive and self destructive overtones, showing a relationship that is sado-masochistic but …

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