The Isle

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Released 2001

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Director:
Ki-duk Kim
Released:
2001
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The Isle is a South Korean film about burned-out cop Hyun-Shik (Yoosuk Kim) who has reached the end of his rope. He is haunted by the memories of a woman he killed in a jealous rage. On the run from the police and seeking refuge, Hyun-Shik hides in a remote community of small huts floating on a lake. The huts are managed by a mute woman named Hee-Jin (Jung Suh). She sells food, beer, bait, and sometimes her body to the fisherman who frequent the huts. When Hyun-Shik arrives, Hee-Jin is captivated by him. The two come together when Jin finds Hyun-Shik disconsolate and on the verge of suicide. She rescues him from shooting himself in the head starting a strange dalliance between them. Rather than a straightforward narrative of their relationship, director Ki-duk Kim presents a surreal and startling exploration of obsession and love through his portrayal of these two characters.

Metacritic Score

  • 80

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

    A movie of extremes, and that goes for its aesthetics. As gory as the scenes of torture and self-mutilation may be, they are pitted against shimmering cinematography that lends the...

  • 75

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    This is the most gruesome and quease-inducing film you are likely to have seen. You may not even want to read the descriptions in this review. Yet it is also beautiful, angry and s...

  • 50

    Washington Post

    "Spring, Summer" fans should only have their appreciation of that film expanded by seeing this rougher take on similar themes.

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