HONOLULU -- The stigma of suicide and serious neurosis hardly seems to make ideal material for comedy, yet South Korean writer-director Lee Hey-jun's empathy for his unusual characters engenders abundant humor in "Castaway on the Moon," the filmmaker's solo debut (following a co-directing credit on the 2006 feature "Like a Virgin").
Although theatrical prospects are slim beyond Asian territories, "Castaway" will find safe harbor with international film festivals and re-make opportunities may also be possible in receptive markets.
Mr. Kim (Jung Jae-young), a despondent, 30-something recently canned by his employer, dumped by his girlfriend and behind on his debts, decides to end it all by jumping from a bridge into Seoul's Han River. He's fully expecting that his inability to swim will prove his certain demise, so he's bewildered to recover consciousness after his plunge on the shore of Bam Island, an uninhabited nature refuge in the middle of the river.
As his initial despair gives way to survival tactics, Kim figures out how to catch fish from the river, plant a makeshift vegetable garden and construct a basic shelter. Life without bosses, debts and modern distractions seems to suit him, as his mood approaches something like satisfaction.
Signaling his newfound serenity, Kim alters his "Help" message written on an island beach to read "Hello," a greeting that's noticed onshore by the unrelated Ms. Kim (Jung Rye-won). The lonely young woman lives as a virtual shut-in, rarely leaving the shockingly cluttered room in a small apartment she shares with her mother. Instead she spends most of her time online or taking pictures with a telephoto camera she's using when she spots Kim's riverside message.
Inspired by his
attempt to reach out, she impulsively writes a note and stuffs it in
an empty bottle, venturing out of her apartment for the first time in
three years to toss it over the bridge railing to Kim's island
encampment below. Her missive begins a halting conversation between
the pair, as they begin to open up to one another, until Kim's
presence on the island is discovered by the authorities, jeopardizing
the pair's newfound camaraderie.
Lee's script strikes a fine tonal balance between comedy, despair and absurdity. His small cast is game for anything with Jung Jae-young particularly ready to take his character wherever Lee leads. As the slightly loopy shut-in, singer-turned-actress Jung Rye-won endures repeated indignities with aplomb.
Alternating between the extremes of Ms. Kim's ridiculously cramped apartment room and Mr. Kim's island sanctuary, Lee's genial two-hander leverages a clever series of amusing situations to create an irresistible force drawing the two characters together. Ample physical humor, breezy camerawork and short fantasy sequences build comedic momentum for the surprisingly emotional conclusion.
Du bör få med deg denne fordi dette er en feelgoodfilm, som både er er original, morsom, varm og tankevekkende!
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- Originalens tittel: Kimissi Pyoryuagi
- Norsk tittel:
- Sjanger: Drama, romantikk
- Nasjonalitet: JAP
- Årstall: 2009
- Regi: Hae-jun Lee
- Skuespillere: Jae-yeong Jeong, Ryeowon Jung, Yeong-seo Park
- Manus: Hae-jun Lee
- Foto: Byung-seo Kim
- Klipp: Na-young Nam
- Musikk: Hong-jip Kim
- Format: Blu Ray
- Språk: Tale: JAP, tekst: NOR
- Varighet: 116 min
- IMDb: 8,1