Part of Lise and Jonnie’s What A Wonderful World: May 30 days, 30 countries.
I cannot rate The Isle. I’m conflicted. I both loved it and hated it. This is my fourth Kim Ki-duk, and the previous three are among my favourite films. This is also the earliest of his filmography I’ve explored. I have a vague recollection of Adam Cook warning me about this one, but I may be wrong about that.
What I Loved
Kim’s cinematography. It’s beautiful, it’s mysterious, it haunting. The night, the morning mist, the rain. You can see the beginning of what would become Spring, Summer, Winter, Fall, and Spring.
Kim’s allusions. The islands of characters linked by Hee-Jin. Selfishness, loneliness, fear,…