Seom (The Isle)
Seom (The Isle) (2000)

Recalling both the erotic tension and the surrealist imagery of Woman of the Dunes, Kim Ki-duk's film is set near a remote lake where men come far and wide to fish on anchored rafts. Running a little bait-and-tackle shop is the earthy… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: May 20, 2003
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Critic Score: 76% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A compelling and oddly haunting combination of brutal and beautiful imagery.

Mark Jenkins
Washington Post

Spring, Summer fans should only have their appreciation of that film expanded by seeing this rougher take on similar themes.

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Carla Meyer
San Francisco Chronicle

A gorgeous and grotesque Korean film by director Kim Ki-Duk, who seems torn by his artistic and exploitive impulses.

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Jason Gorber
Film Scouts

In the (genius) Coen Brother's film The Big Lebowski, Julianne Moore's character Maude is an avant garde artist who describes her painting as "strongly vaginal." Until The Isle, I thought that was simply a funny joke...

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Beautiful, angry and sad, with a curious sick poetry, as if the Marquis de Sade had gone in for pastel landscapes.

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Jan Stuart
Newsday

Once [Kim] begins to overplay the shock tactics and bait-and-tackle metaphors, you may decide it's too high a price to pay for a shimmering picture postcard.

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Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness

A creepy, gruesome, gorgeous and flabbergasting treatise on romantic obsession and violent, nasty male-female relationships.

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Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News

There is little question that this is a serious work by an important director who has something new to say about how, in the flip-flop of courtship, we often reel in when we should be playing out.

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V.A. Musetto
New York Post

Daring, mesmerizing and exceedingly hard to forget.

Harry Guerin
RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)

It's the safest of bets that this is one Asian film that won't get a Hollywood remake.

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Flixster Audience Score: 72% Flixster User Reviews
Greg S
A mute woman who runs a fishing resort becomes obsessed with a suicidal fugitive hiding out in one of the floating cabins. A bizarre, perverted sadomasochistic… More
xGary Xx
A suicidal young man who is on the run from the police enters into an obsessive relationship with the woman who services the small fishing community in which he… More
Lee ?
Kim Ki-duk serves up another dark and twisted love-story themed film set on a fishing lake where a mute woman and a man with a troubled past find attraction… More
Lady D'arbanville
The first thing I did immediately after watching this, was to grab the dvd case and read the synopsis to try to understand the hidden theme to the film. The… More
familiar stranger
Unforgettable quotes and dialogues... No, no, wait. The movie speaks volumes through its silence... Damn it. FML that I happen to stumble upon such films these… More
Arash Xak
Bleak portrayal of human condition & relationships, Not so similar but the main character somehow reminded me of the main character in Haneke's La… More