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The Isle (2000)

Seom (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Thriller | 22 April 2000 (South Korea)
Working at a fishing resort in an idyllic location, but surrounded by various facets of human unpleasantness, a young mute woman falls in love with a man on the run from the law for committing murder.

Director:

Ki-duk Kim

Writer:

Ki-duk Kim
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Credited cast:
Jung Suh ... Hee-Jin
Yu-seok Kim Yu-seok Kim ... Hyun-Shik (as Yoosuk Kim)
Jae-Hyun Cho ... Mang-Chee (as Jae-hyeon Jo)
Hang-Seon Jang Hang-Seon Jang ... Middle-aged man
Min-seok Son Min-seok Son ... Dal-Soo
Ji-Seon Han Ji-Seon Han ... Jeong-Ah
Jeong-sik Kang Jeong-sik Kang ... 40-Year-Old Fisherman
Hye-kyeong Choi Hye-kyeong Choi ... Young lady 1
Seon-hwa Jeon Seon-hwa Jeon ... Young lady 2
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Yeo-jin Kim
Won Seo Won Seo
Seung-heon Song
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Storyline

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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fishing | fish hook | police | mute | fish | See All (108) »

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Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Alternate Versions

The British Board of Film Classification cut 1 minute 50 seconds containing animal cruelty forbidden under UK law including shots of a drowning bird and a live fish being partly mutilated for food and returned to the water. The UK cinema version runs 88 minutes 8 seconds. The DVD release re-edited some scenes though it is still missing 1 minute 44 secs of similar footage. See more »

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Referenced in Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring (2003) See more »

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I don't know what to think
19 November 2002 | by SpeechlessSee all my reviews

The Isle is a hard film to evaluate. It pulls the viewer's emotions in every different conceivable direction, from empathy to outright horror and everything in between. After it ended I wasn't sure if I was going to cry or to throw up; I didn't know if I was sad or happy or hopelessly angry. Either way, the film's images will probably haunt me for many years to come.

The film is beautifully photographed, making excellent use of the isolated fishing lake setting. All of the actors are perfect, even in scenes more painfully grotesque than anything I've seen in a film before. I simply cannot imagine the artistic process that went on during production-- how did the filmmakers raise the money to make this film, and how did they direct the actors to create such convincing performances from such outlandish material? And whose idea was it to end it like that?

I loved many things about this film, but I find it hard to recommend because of a few scenes involving really heartless animal cruelty. A fish is mutilated and partially eaten while it's still alive; a dog is yanked around by its collar and slapped; another fish is jolted with electrodes. Of course the humans in the film suffer much worse misfortunes, but the characters mostly deserve what they get, whereas the animals do not. Also, the scenes of human violence are created using makeup effects, but the animals have no such luck-- as far as I can tell, they're really slicing flesh off a live fish and eating it.

All I can really say is, see The Isle and make up your own mind about it. It will cause completely different individual reactions in every single member of the audience, and if you love it, good for you. If you hate it, I think I can understand why.


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Country:

South Korea

Language:

Korean

Release Date:

22 April 2000 (South Korea) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

South Korea

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,546, 25 August 2002

Gross USA:

$20,666

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$24,963
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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