The Isle tells the tale of Hee-Jin, the mute guardian of an isolated fishing isle, who spends her solitary existence selling bait to the fishermen by day and offering them her body by night. When an ex-cop, on the run from committing a murder, arrives, Hee-Jin watches and is fascinated by his apparent loss of the will to live. After she prevents his suicide attempt, intimate feelings begin to flourish between them. Their relationship becomes obsessive, intense and all consuming as their fates become inextricably entwined.
A bizarre, calm and horrific piece of cinema.
- The Isle review by Shatner's Bassoon
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The story of 'The Isle' revolves around a dark twisted and gruesome love affair between a depressive male and a mute female. Hee-Jin runs a group of small floating fishing cabins on a lake, she ferries her customers to and from their floating huts, supplies food, drink and her body to those who are lonely at night. She becomes fascinated by a customer named Hyun-Shik and slowly falls in love with him; both of them find it hard to express their love for each other by conventional methods which leads to a fragile relationship that relies as much from pain as it does from affection. Overall, it's not an easy film to watch, it's explicitly violent, features some graphic self mutilation and even in this edited UK version there's some pretty disturbing scenes of animal cruelty. That aside, like Ki-duk Kim's other films, it's well directed, with stunning cinematography and superb acting.