The Isle

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  • Summary: Set on a remote lake in South Korea, this is the story of a damaged cop and a mute innkeeper.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 12
  2. Negative: 1 out of 12
  1. 88
    Daring, mesmerizing and exceedingly hard to forget.
  2. Kim's movie rocks -- I saw it cold a year ago, and I don't think I've been as entranced and appalled by an Asian film since Shinya Tsukamoto's "Iron Man."
  3. A movie of extremes, and that goes for its aesthetics. As gory as the scenes of torture and self-mutilation may be, they are pitted against shimmering cinematography that lends the setting the ethereal beauty of an Asian landscape painting.
  4. Reviewed by: Patrick Peters
    Sadly, though, all this arthouse exploitation fails to reveal as much about contemporary Korea as, say, "Texas Chainsaw" did about the States.
  5. 50
    The film nevertheless exerts a strange sort of power that makes for compelling viewing, even as its images force one to repeatedly look away.
  6. Eerie, opaque and unblinkingly sadomasochistic.
  7. South Korean melodrama uses a unique location, dominated by fishermen's floating huts, as the background for an overheated story that grows steadily more grotesque and unpleasant as it proceeds.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1