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Castaway on the Moon (2009)

Kimssi pyoryugi (original title)
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A failed suicide attempt leads a heartbroken man to live a life in the wilderness.

Director:

Hae-jun Lee

Writer:

Hae-jun Lee (screenplay)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Jae-yeong Jeong ... Male Kim / Kim Seong-geun (as JaeYoung Jung)
Ryeowon Jung ... Female Kim / Kim Jung-yeon (as RyeWon Jung)
Yeong-seo Park Yeong-seo Park
Mi-kyeong Yang ... Female Kim's Mom (as MiKyung Yang)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Min-heui Hong Min-heui Hong ... (as Min-hee Hong)
So-yeon Jang
Gyo-hwan Koo Gyo-hwan Koo
Jeong-won Lee Jeong-won Lee
Sang-Hun Lee Sang-Hun Lee ... (as Sang-hoon Lee)
Sang-il Lee Sang-il Lee
Kyeong-jin Min Kyeong-jin Min
Ri Min Ri Min
Hak Seon Hak Seon
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Storyline

After failing to kill himself by jumping off a bridge, the man is washed up on a deserted island in the middle of the river, but within view of the city's high-rises. He attempts to escape, but soon accepts his fate and the challenges in living on the island. A reclusive young woman, who takes close-up shots of the moon and has not left her apartment in years, spies him on the island and comes to think of him as her own alien. Written by Will Gilbert

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Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Country:

South Korea

Language:

Korean | English

Release Date:

14 May 2009 (South Korea) See more »

Also Known As:

Castaway on the Moon See more »

Filming Locations:

Bamseom, Seoul, South Korea

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$3,725,352, 14 May 2009
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Color
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Trivia

The time stopping of the city at a certain day of the year does not refer to the Warsaw uprising. Twice a year in Korea they practice evacuation drill for all citizens in preparation for an attack from North Korea. See more »

Quotes

Male Kim: How can you all be so selfish!
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Connections

Referenced in Kultursofaen (2011) See more »

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Beautiful Fable, True at its Core
18 December 2011 | by berghwithanhSee all my reviews

I can't believe I hadn't heard of this movie until it showed up in my Netflix recommendations. Why isn't everyone talking about this movie? Why didn't it win best foreign picture? Why... Oh, right. No car chases. No sex scenes. No scenes in bars, or at football games. Subtitles. If you can enjoy a movie with subtitles, if you don't think someone has to look or act just like you to be comprehensible as a human being, if you've ever read a poem and loved it, you will likely love this movie.

I'm not even going to talk about the plot. The plot is wonderful, but not really the point. This is a movie about isolation, and human connections, and what makes us human at all. It is a social commentary, and a beautifully told fable. To call it a romantic comedy, to compare it to an American movie with a similar title, is to miss the point entirely.

Warning: before you watch this movie, you'd better figure out where you can find a local source for black bean noodles ('jajangmyun' in Korean). Even if you've never tasted them, you'll be craving them by the end of the movie. I have tasted them - fresh from a street vendor in Seoul - and I'm now nearly wild for black bean noodles.

And this basic hunger for a simple comfort food - for enjoyment of sustenance with all the associations that come with true comfort food - sums up the movie nicely.


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