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The Isle Reviews

May 21, 2004
Spring, Summer fans should only have their appreciation of that film expanded by seeing this rougher take on similar themes.
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 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
August 23, 2002
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
August 23, 2002
Daring, mesmerizing and exceedingly hard to forget.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
August 22, 2002
As gory as the scenes of torture and self-mutilation may be, they are pitted against shimmering cinematography that lends the setting the ethereal beauty of an Asian landscape painting.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
August 20, 2002
A potent allegorical love story.
August 20, 2002
I don't think I've been as entranced and appalled by an Asian film since Shinya Tsukamoto's Iron Man.
August 19, 2002
Its juxtaposition of overwrought existentialism and stomach-churning gore will have you forever on the verge of either cracking up or throwing up.
Full Review | Original Score: 29/100