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The Isle (섬)

섬 (Seom)

Directed by Kim Ki-duk (김기덕)

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82min | Release date in South Korea :

Synopsis
The Isle is a remote fishing ground where people go to forget their deepest problems. Hee-jin, the groundkeeper, lives there alone selling supplies, food and drinks, and sometimes her own body, to the fishermen. One day, Hyeon-sik, an ex-cop who killed his lover after discovering her affair, arrives there looking for a place to hide. He tries to commit suicide with his pistol, but Hee-jin stops him. The incident brings them together, and a strange relationship begins to form between the two. The police eventually come looking for Hyeon-sik, and this time he tries to kill himself by swallowing fish-hooks. And once again, Hee-jin saves him from the fishhooks and the police, and they begin to share an intimate relationship. The sex is like narcotics to him, who is suffering from extreme pain, both physical and mental. However, when he cannot stand the isolation any longer, he decides to leave only to realize that he is bound by her and her fishing ground. They are like two fish baited by and hooked to each other.

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    2012/09/10, Source,
    Director Kim Ki-duk reacts as his film "Pieta" wins the Golden Lion award at this year's Venice film festival on Sunday. /AP-Yonhap "Pieta", Kim Ki-duk's tale of violence and poverty, won the Golden Lion at this year's Venice film festival. Kim spent just W100 million (US$1=W,130) making the film, a fraction of the average cost of a Korean film these days. This is the first time a Korean film won the top prize at one of the world's top three film festivals at Venice, Cannes and Berlin. Accepting the prize, Kim thanked the actors, staff, film festival officials and Italian fans before bursting into a rendition of the traditional Korean song "Arirang",...More
  • From eccentric to darling of Venice

    2012/09/09, Source,
    Director Kim Ki-duk, second from left, and actress Jo Min-soo, third from left, pose after winning the Golden Lion for Best Film for his film "Pieta"at the awarding ceremony of the 69th Venice Film Festival in Venice, Italy, Saturday. / Xinhua-Yonhap By Rachel Lee While the world more readily acknowledged and embraced Kim Ki-duk as an auteur director, he has been received in a mixed fashion in Korea. But with his 18th feature film "Pieta" having grabbed the Golden Lion Prize at the 69th Venice Film Festival, the 51-year-old Kim has reaffirmed his art to the world and the Korean public as a first-rate director who has won the top prize at three international film festivals of Venice, Cannes and Berlin,...More
  • Director Kim Ki-duk takes Venice

    2012/09/09, Source,
    Director Kim Ki-duk shows the Golden Lion he won for his movie "Pieta" at the 69th Venice Film Festival in Italy, Saturday. Kim's bleak-morality tale became the first Korean film to win the top prize at one of the three major international film festivals. He surprised the audience at the awards ceremony by singing the traditional Korean folk song "Arirang" on stage to thank the jury. AP-Yonhap "Pieta" becomes first Korean movie to win Golden Lion award By Kim Ji-soo Maverick Korean director Kim Ki-duk's "Pieta", a brutal mother-and-son drama, won the Golden Lion for best movie at the 69th Venice Film Festival, Saturday,...More
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Production
Myung Film (명필름)
Staff
 Kim Hyeon-seok (김현석)
 Assistant director
 Kyeong Min-ho (경민호)
 Editor
 Kim Ki-duk (김기덕)
 Art director
 Hwang Jae-woo (황재우)
 Production department
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82 min 35mm Panoramic (1.85)
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Release date in South Korea : 2000/04/22

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