The Isle
The Isle

The Isle

Director Kim Ki-duk

Production year 2000

Length 102min.

Country South Korea

SYNOPSIS

Mute Hee-Jin is working as a clerk in a fishing resort in the Korean wilderness; selling baits, food and occasionally her body to the fishing tourists. One day she falls in love to Hyun-shik, who is on the run for the police and rescues him with a fish hook, when he tries to commit suicide.

Awards

NETPAC Award - Special Mention | Venice IFF, Italy, 2000

Golden Raven | Brussels International Festival of Fantasy Film, Belgium, 2001

Best Actress | Cinemanila IFF, Philippines, 2001

International Fantasy Film Award, Best Actress, International Fantasy Film Special Jury Award | Fantasporto, Portugal, 2001

CAST & CREW

Kim Ki-duk
Kim Ki-duk

Director

Producer

Lee Eun

Script

Kim Ki-duk

Director of Photography

Hwang Seo-shik

Production designer

Kim Ki-duk

Music by

Jeon Sang-yun

Sound

Seung-cheol Lee

Edit

Kyeong Min-ho

Cast

Suh Jung, Kim Yoosuk, Park Sung-hee, Jo Jae-hyeon, Jang Hang-Seon

Production company

Myung Films Co., Ltd.

Kim Ki-duk

Born 1960, Bonghwa, North Gyeongsang. South Corea) South Korean director. Studied fine arts in Paris, in 1990-92. In 1993, he won the award for best screenplay from the Educational Institute of Screenwriting with A Painter and A Criminal Condemned to Death. After returning to South Korea, Kim began his career as a screenwriter and won the first prize in a scenario contest held by Korean Film Council, in 1995. In the following year, after two more screenplay awards Kim made his debut as a director with a low budget movie titled Crocodile. The film received sensational reviews from movie critics in South Korea. Then he went on to direct Wild Animals, Birdcage Inn, The Isle (selected in competition at Venice IFF 2000) and the highly experimental Real Fiction, shot in just 200 minutes. Real Fiction was entered into the 23rd Moscow IFF. In 2011, Address Unknown was selected by the Pusan FF's Pusan Promotion Plan (PPP) for development. In 2003, the Karlovy Vary festival's FIPRESCI Jury president Susanna Harutyunyan (the artistic director of Golden Apricot FF) handed Kim Ki-duk the FIPRESCI Prize for his film The Coast Guard. At the Berlin IFF, he was awarded for Samaritan Girl (2004), and at the Venice IFF he won for 3-Iron (2004). In 2011, his documentary film Arirang received an award for best film in the Un Certain Regard category from the Cannes IFF. In 2004, he won the Grand Prize for Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter…and Spring at the Pacific Meridian IFF in Russia as well as other prizes at Las Palmas, and in 2003, at Locarno and San Sebastián festivals. In 2012, his film Pieta received the Golden Lion Award at the Venice IFF, the first Korean film to receive a Best film honor at one of the top three international film festivals - Venice, Berlin and Cannes. Kim Ki-duk reveals national Korean problems at the same time considering them as part of the modern world. His films are modern myths connected with one another in the sense of repeating themes, plots, and character types. Kim heroes are people from the lower strata of society which no one has previously spoken about. In extreme situations of frantic struggle and grotesque the director bares innocence in the souls of his heroes. Kim Ki-duk does not accept the rules and laws. He obeys unless composition and his sense of style.


Filmography

Crocodile (1996), Wild Animals (1997), Birdcage Inn (2000), Real Fiction (2000), Address Unknown (2001), Bad Guy (2001), The Coast Guard (2002), Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter… and Spring (2003), Samaritan Girl (2004), 3-Iron (2004), The Bow (2005), Time (2006), Breath (2007), Dream (2008), Arirang (2011, doc.), Amen (2011), Pieta (2012), Venice 70: Future Reloaded (2013, doc.), Moebius (2013), One on One (2014).

FILMS 2014