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The Isle (2000)
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Mute Hee-Jin is working as a clerk in a fishing resort in the Korean wilderness; selling baits, food and occasionally her body to the fishing tourists. One day she falls in love to ... See full summary »

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Mute Hee-Jin is working as a clerk in a fishing resort in the Korean wilderness; selling baits, food and occasionally her body to the fishing tourists. One day she falls in love to Hyun-Shik, who is on the run for the police and rescues him with a fish hook, when he tries to commit suicide. Written by Moritz Muehlenhoff <jmm@inutil.org>

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$4,546 (USA) (23 August 2002)

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$21,075 (USA) (15 November 2002)
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The Isle
18 April 2014 | by See all my reviews

You won't believe what people get up to with fishing hooks in this movie... it's safe to say, you'll never look at cod the same way again. Mind you, the entire premise, based around little floating huts which double as miniature brothels in the middle of a lake is pretty weird too... who would hire one of these potential death traps would be my first question. Particularly as the only staff on duty in the event of an emergency is a mute young woman prone to violent mood swings and popping up where you least expect her. Nope, a hotel room sounds like a much safer and comfortable option for a quickie. And if you MUST have that nautical experience... make sure it has a water bed.

Aside from scratching my head every few minutes, I didn't know quite what to make of this curiosity from South Korea. It has a few scenes which will make you wince, but it's not really a horror. As a romance, it showcases a relationship so whacked-out and off the curve that it's impossible to relate to either party. I suppose you could classify it as a sort-of drama, but what transpires is far removed from any interpretation of life I know, I have a hard time doing even that. For me, the best explanation is it's an experimental work, with plenty of neat ideas which fail to mesh into a cohesive whole. The ending especially is all kinds of WTF?

Still, the talent is there... even if the storytelling aspect is lacking. I look forward to perusing the rest of this director's filmography... 5/10


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