Tag Archives: Jung Suh

Il-gon Song – Geomi sup AKA Spider Forest (2004)

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Television producer Kang Min (Kam Woo-seong) wakes in Spider Forest and is shocked to discover his girlfriend (Kang Gyeong-heon) slowly dying, along with the brutally murdered body of a stranger. While pursuing who he believes is the murderer, Kang is hit by a car and later wakes up in a hospital. After undergoing surgery, Kang describes the scene to Choi (Jang Hyeon-seong), an investigating police officer who’s also his friend — but soon, Kang becomes the lead suspect. Read More »

Ki-duk Kim – Seom AKA The Isle [+commentary] (2000)

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An artistic, shocking love story that disturbed audiences and confused almost all critics that couldn’t see beyond the disturbing images. A mute girl maintains a fishing resort where people stay in floating mini-houses while fishing, resting and using prostitutes. She services them in any way she can in order to make ends meet but the crude clientele annoy her often, forcing her at times to take revenge. Along comes a brooding, suicidal client with a dark past. Will they connect through their pain or treat each other like animals? Full of beautiful scenery, poetically breathtaking symbolism, animalistic sex and behaviour, and notorious for its faint-inducing scenes involving fish-hooks. Read More »

Ki-duk Kim – Seom AKA The Isle (2000)

The Isle is a case in point. Based around a primitive fishing community on a lake, it’s beautifully shot though morally bankrupt, far too eager to visually astound one moment then deeply shock the next. It focuses on a pseudo sado-masochistic relationship between a mute woman and a murderous ex-cop and, seemingly, is out to break almost every taboo available. There’s animal cruelty on a grand scale. There’s at least one rape scene, and one scene in which sexual violence towards women is almost justified by the filmmaker. There’s self-mutilation; a myriad of bodily functions; and, perhaps only a hundred lines of dialogue in the entire movie. It’s almost as if Kim is setting himself up to be Korea’s Takashi Miike, only with better cinematography. Read More »