The Isle (2000)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Erotic Drama, Psychological Drama  |   Release Date - Aug 16, 2002 (USA - Limited)  |   Run Time - 86 min.  |   Countries - Korea, South   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Synopsis by Jonathan Crow

Recalling both the erotic tension and the surrealist imagery of Woman of the Dunes, Kim Ki-duk's film is set near a remote lake where men come far and wide to fish on anchored rafts. Running a little bait-and-tackle shop is the earthy -- almost feral -- young lass Hee-jin (Seoh Jung), who sometimes sells herself for a price to horny fishermen. On one raft is the morose youth Hyun-shik (Kim Yu-seok), who Hee-jin has quietly taken a shine to after saving him from a suicide attempt. His ham-fisted advances are rejected, but after a second try at suicide, in which he puts fishing hooks in his mouth, she nurses him back to health. Soon, a freakily-intense relationship builds between the two in which the jealous Hee-jin starts to brutally dispatch with any competition. This film was screened at the 2000 Cannes Film Festival.

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lake, obsession, prostitute/prostitution, relationship, suicide-attempt, woman, fishing