Flower Island (2001)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Road Movie  |   Run Time - 125 min.  |   Countries - France, Korea, South  |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Synopsis by Jonathan Crow

Following up on his prize-winning short The Picnic, Song Il Gon spins this metaphysical fairy tale about three women struggling with the human condition. The film shows 17-year-old Hye-Na giving birth in a filthy public restroom and then dumping the unwanted child in the toilet. She sets out on a journey to find her own birth mother. Along the way, she meets Ok-Nam, a dedicated, if misguided, mother who prostituted herself in order to raise money to buy her daughter a piano. Yet once her activities were discovered, she was kicked out the house. Later, the two women save Yoo-jin from suicide. A former singer, Yoo-jin is also a cancer patient who had to have her tongue removed. Each suffering from their own existential pain, the trio decides to find the mythical flower island, which reportedly heals all wounds.




cancer, island, mother, prostitute/prostitution, suicide, piano