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The Isle Reviews

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September 23, 2017
study of isolated characters & marginalised experiences takes for its focus an extreme sadomasochistic relationship (modulated through the imagery of fishing), & finds ways to make its characters' fugitive desires become part of the watery landscape.
June 21, 2007
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...
Full Review | Original Score: A-
May 4, 2005
A creepy, gruesome, gorgeous and flabbergasting treatise on romantic obsession and violent, nasty male-female relationships.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
October 8, 2004
It's the safest of bets that this is one Asian film that won't get a Hollywood remake.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
September 25, 2004
If you have a strong stomach, then this deceptively calm tale of self-imposed isolation, extreme emotions and fishing will quickly reel you in, and leave its hooks in you long after you escape the cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
May 21, 2004
Spring, Summer fans should only have their appreciation of that film expanded by seeing this rougher take on similar themes.
June 29, 2003
Sushi for the connoisseurs of the macabre.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
May 13, 2003
The evocative imagery and gentle, lapping rhythms of this film are infectious -- it gets under our skin and draws us in long before the plot kicks into gear.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
March 20, 2003
If you can get past the fantastical aspects and harsh realities of "The Isle" you'll get a sock-you-in-the-eye flick that is a visual tour-de-force and a story that is unlike any you will likely see anywhere else.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
March 16, 2003
Ki-duk Kim has created a provocatively violent and sexual film with an oddly idyllic sensibility. It's a mysterious but ultimately rewarding experience.
Full Review | Original Score: B
March 11, 2003
Made me unintentionally famous - as the queasy-stomached critic who staggered from the theater and blacked out in the lobby. But believe it or not, it's one of the most beautiful, evocative works I've seen.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
February 12, 2003
Equal parts Takashi Miike and Shohei Imamura.
| Original Score: 7/10
January 31, 2003
Beautiful, angry and sad, with a curious sick poetry, as if the Marquis de Sade had gone in for pastel landscapes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 16, 2003
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
January 6, 2003
The vivid lead performances sustain interest and empathy, but the journey is far more interesting than the final destination.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
January 3, 2003
A gorgeous and grotesque Korean film by director Kim Ki-Duk, who seems torn by his artistic and exploitive impulses.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
December 29, 2002
A continually fascinating exploration of the physical and psychological pain and pleasure of a bizarre relationship.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
December 27, 2002
Though the controversial Korean filmmaker's latest effort is not for all tastes, it offers gorgeous imagery, effective performances, and an increasingly unsettling sense of foreboding.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
December 8, 2002
Be forewarned, if you're depressed about anything before watching this film, you may just end up trying to drown yourself in a lake afterwards.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
August 26, 2002
Too restrained to be a freak show, too mercenary and obvious to be cerebral, too dull and pretentious to be engaging...The Isle defies an easy categorization.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
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