Archive of films The Isle / Seom

South Korea
2000, 85 min

Section: Kim Ki-duk
Year: 2002

On a remote lake populated with floating huts, Hyun-shik meets a taciturn and mysterious woman named Hee-jin. They become lovers in their water solitude and little by little leave the human world behind. Their powerful physical relationship is played out with ever-increasing tension, smacking of sexuality and death. Water and blood gradually allow pure passion to flow.


Synopsis

Kim Ki-Duk’s fourth film created a sensation at the Venice film festival. It takes place in a world filled with portents, which is constructed upon the progressive fusion of an intense sexual relation and a gorgeous landscape. Hyun-shik meets a taciturn and mysterious woman named Hee-jin on a remote lake populated with floating huts. They become lovers in their water solitude and little by little leave the human world behind. Their powerful physical relationship is played out with ever-increasing tension, smacking of sexuality and death. Both mutual cooperation and cruelty dominate the man and woman’s relationship, and external circumstances exacerbate the situation. Hyun-shik killed someone before arriving at the lake, and Hee-jin buries a prostitute in its depths, a young woman who had unwittingly become her adversary. The closeness of their two bodies can allow no room for the kinds of feelings born of social conventions. Water and blood gradually past fatalistic burdens and of everything else that is not in line with an instinctive and wordless passion generating desire and jealousy, fury and utter resignation.

About the film

Black & white, 35 mm

Section: Kim Ki-duk
   
Director: Kim Ki-duk
Screenplay: Kim Ki-duk
Dir. of Photography: Hwang Suh-shik
Music: Jeon Sang-yun
Editor: Kyung Mun-ho
Producer: Lee Eun
Production: Myung Film
Cast: Suh Jung, Kim Yoo-seok, Park Sung-hee, Cho Jae-hyun, Jang Hang-sun
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