22 November 2011


2009 Not Rated 116 minutes

Kim Seong-geun (Jae-yeong Jeong), despondent over being dumped by his girl, decides to end it all by jumping into the Han River, but instead wakes up on a tiny island in the middle of the waterway, now a castaway in the teeming heart of civilization. Part social commentary, part romantic adventure with hints of science fiction, Lee Hey-jun's film touches on topics ranging from economic disparity to the alienating nature of modern urban existence.
Jae-yeong Jeong
Hae-jun Lee
Comedies, Dramas, Foreign Movies, Romantic Movies, Foreign Comedies, Romantic Comedies, Foreign Dramas, Romantic Dramas, Romantic Foreign Movies, Korean Movies
This movie is:
Emotional, Imaginative, Romantic
I've been really into watching Korean movies lately.  Castaway on the moon is a fairly serious commentary on modern life. The commercialism, greed, consumption, our reliance on modern 'necessities' and our resulting crippling alienation from each other in the process.  While the overall them is quite heavy this movie has some pretty funny moments in it.  I found myself laughing out loud, crying and rooting for the characters - there are some very touching moments.  It is beautifully filmed...a near perfect film in my opinion.  So much about it works on so many levels.  The dichotomy of the hero being shipwrecked on an island in the middle of a bustling city-so close yet so far away.  A perfect metaphor for how so many of us live our lives today.  The heroine that has a self imposed alienation from the world, living in a virtual world, afraid of human contact also speaks to the modern way of life.  
There are some films that stay with you long after the last credits roll.  This is one such film.  It is truly amazing...easily one of the best films I've seen probably ever. 

I was really very surprised by how much I truly liked this film and found myself telling everyone about it.  I hope you'll take the time to give this film a watch. 


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