The Isle details
|Formats:||18 DVD, LOVEFiLM Instant|
|Starring:||Jung Suh, Sung-Hee Park, Yoo-Seok Kim|
|Directors:||Kim Ki-Duk, Ki-Duk Kim|
|Genres:||Drama, World Cinema|
|Collections:||Must-see Korean Films, Top Korean Films|
|1hr 28 mins||18|
LOVEFiLM Instant Information
|Run time:||1 hour 28 minutes|
|Rental release:||To be confirmed|
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Twisted LoveBy Mike Thomas from South Wales , 19 Sep 2005
[Highly rated reviewer]'The Isle' is a wonderfully shot, atmospheric and almost gleefully perverse (and not a little gruesome) tale of love and lust and... well, brutal murder, really. When you consider the tosh that Hollywood is spewing out under the 'horror' banner of late, it's so refreshing to find a film that's happy to ease along at its own pace, and allow the viewer to get carried along with the (sometimes horrifying) ride. 'The Isle' is just such a film: some of the imagery is so hauntingly beautiful you can't stop looking... and some of the scenes so horrific you have to look away. Essentially, this is the tale of a lonely, suicide-prone man who takes to the titular Isle in a fishing hut to kill himself - and finds salvation in the stunning yet mute girl who runs the place (and has a little sideline in whoring herself then murdering her punters). There's little in the way of dialogue, but who needs it when the locale, the music, the action and the slightest change in expression says so many words? This ain't easy stuff - who said Asian horror ever was? - but it's a league above the American rubbish we're force-fed every month.
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Alternative cinema well craftedBy Betula (1 review) , 01 Nov 2013Wonderfully shot right from the outset. A captivating film. Great to see a Korean film so far from Hollywood dirge!
Weird and bizarreBy The KnightWatcher (629 reviews) from Gloucestershire , 13 Oct 2013Korean drama with sub titles although unusually there is almost no dialogue. A surreal story that is very weird and alternative. The plot is about an attractive young apparently mute girl who manages a very remote fishing resort where the guests each live in isolated floating detached huts on a large lake. I think perhaps the deeper meaning of the film is the isolation of the individual. But what transpires is a slow, gory story of love, lust, murder and self mutilation (by swallowing bunches of fish hooks would you believe.) I am not sure if this film is genius or rubbish but it will not appeal to most, and is not for the squeamish. On the positive side the photography is stunningly beautiful, and there is something intriguing about this film that keeps you watching to the end. Unfortunately what actually happens at the end is equally unclear but also has some esoteric double meaning.
Slow, Psycological and Dark, but InterestingBy CarnageAce (94 reviews) , 05 Mar 2013Slow, Psycological and Dark. This film is not for anybody who only wants nice, it needs thought, both provoking and disturbing, it has depth yet hard to follow the full subtext of the main characters, but it is interesting if your brain wants a dark ride sort of way. Some people will give this film acolades others will run away. watch the first 15-20 minutes if your interested continue if you dont find anything then you may want to miss the rest.
Picture floating bedrooms on a lake and you have 'The Isle'By AndyFromOxford (28 reviews) from Oxford , 23 Feb 2013A little into the Isle I thought 'I wouldn't mind staying in a hotel room like that', Lake District scenery, a spot of fishing and a mysterious beautiful woman mooring her boat occasionally so as to give sexual favors, or drop off a prostitute!
My first Korean film, I enjoyed but the ending is a bit bleak for me ........ just an opinion!
Gone FishingBy Novisiblemarx (40 reviews) from London , 03 Nov 2012Mysterious, beautiful and grisly. With fishing. You should see this. A companion piece to 'Woman of the Dunes'? Jung Suh covers the waterfront.
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