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South Korea, (MIFF 2002, Beauty within the Beast – Kim Ki-Duk)

Director: Kim Ki-Duk

"Hyunshik, an ex-cop in deep pain and on the lam, arrives at the end of his road, an isolated lake dotted with floating huts, serving as a retreat for fishing and a host of sordid activities. Its beautiful but elusive proprietor, Heejin, never speaks, even when supplementing her income by performing sexual favours for her unsavoury guests. Her approach to Hyunshink is predatory. The Isle is a surreal, perverse love story - each emotion boiled down to its most shocking and exaggerated core. Jealousy, lust, revenge and betrayal are played out amid the serene setting of lake and marsh, pitting all that is raw, human and flawed against a backdrop of exquisite natural beauty.

"Director Kim Ki-Duk paints indelible images - a layering of metaphors. Hardly a line is spoken as the two characters challenge each other with their painful and bloody antics. You are left with a sense of triumphant survival, a witness to something at once monstrous and momentous." - Sundance Film Festival

"A gorgeously restrained, apocalyptically horrifying pas de deux." - Village Voice

See also...


South Korea, 2004
Samaritan Girl (Samaria) South KoreaWinner of the Silver Bear for Best Director at this year's Berlin Film Festival, Kim Ki-duk's 10th feature combines the darker-edged themes of his earlier films (B… More »


South Korea, 2004
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter' and Spring (Bom, Yeoreum, Gaeul, Gyeowool, Geurigo Bom) South Korea'spring, Summer, Fall, Winter' and Spring is an exquisitely simple movie. The film's lyrical plainness… More »


Korea, 2004
The mesmerising 3-Iron, which won him the Best Director Award at the Venice Film Festival, again proves Kim Ki-duk deserves his reputation as one of the world's leading outsider filmmakers. Exemplify… More »


France/Korea, 2005
MIFF has enthusiastically flown the flag for South Korean cinema, championing such diverse and mind-altering work as MIFF guests Kim Ki-duk (retrospective in 2002), Park Chan-wook (Old Boy 2004), Im … More »


South Korea, 2006
A recent estimate in Korea claimed that 50 percent of the female population had opted for plastic surgery in their 20s. Considering this epidemic, MIFF favourite Kim Ki-duk's (Bad Guy, The Isle) la… More »

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