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Seom (2000)

Not Rated | | Drama, Thriller | 22 April 2000 (South Korea)
A Carer becomes the mother to a secluded isle.

Director:

Ki-duk Kim

Writer:

Ki-duk Kim

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Cast

Credited cast:
Jung Suh ... Hee-Jin
Yoosuk Kim Yoosuk Kim ... Hyun-Shik
Sung-hee Park Sung-hee Park ... Eun-A
Jae-Hyun Cho ... Mang-Chee (as Jae-hyeon Jo)
Hang-Seon Jang Hang-Seon Jang ... Middle-aged man
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Yeo-jin Kim
Won Seo Won Seo
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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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Genres:

Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

South Korea

Language:

Korean

Release Date:

22 April 2000 (South Korea) See more »

Also Known As:

La isla See more »

Filming Locations:

South Korea

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,546, 25 August 2002, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$21,075, 17 November 2002
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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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Float Your Boat?
7 September 2004 | by Ali_John_CatterallSee all my reviews

There are two immutable truths in matters of the heart. None more desirable than those who do not want you; none less desirable than those you could possess with ease. Somewhere between these two axioms fall the doomed lovers of this spellbinding offering. Beautiful Hee-Jin (Jung) is the grounds keeper for a dingy Korean fishing resort, selling snacks, bait, her tits 'n' ass, to the tourists she ferries between flotillas of fishing huts.

Fugitive Hyun-Shik (Yoo-Suk) shows up one day, shivering, suicidal, utterly alone. Another lost soul, Hee-Jin's smitten because, unlike her sleazy clientèle, Hyun-Shik's different. He doesn't abuse her or make fun of her muteness. And he fashions exquisite little wire sculptures for her, as they study one another across the rain-spattered lake. He in his unreachable desolation, she in her shore-side cabin, cat-like and inscrutable. The first time he tries to kill himself, by swallowing fishing hooks, she brings him back to life – to love – the only way she knows. From suicide to sex in three minutes. And nobody is going to get in her way. Director Kim Ki-duk, responsible for surprise Art-house hit Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter…and Spring, has crafted another beautiful-horrible movie; gorgeous to look at, and often between splayed fingers. It's as minimal and soulful as a haiku. And as painful as falling in love


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