Allow me to sort of review a movie that’s been on my to-do list for forever. I never had the stamina to gather and arrange my thoughts every time I decide to write a review for this hence years has already passed~ but now I’ll be taking my sweet time to settle this once and for all.
"After failing to kill himself by jumping off a bridge, the man is washed up on a deserted island in the middle of the river, but within view of the city's high-rises. He attempts to escape, but soon accepts his fate and the challenges in living on the island. A reclusive young woman, who takes close-up shots of the moon and has not left her apartment in years, spies him on the island and comes to think of him as her own alien.”
The movie tackles the issue of “isolation” in our modern day. We all can empathize because we’ve all been in the same boat at some point in our lives.
That time when we just gave up with the pressure and succumb to the comfort of isolation. It is admirable that we can always pick ourselves up, dust off the depression and somehow carry on. However, not all of us are so courageous. We all have our crippling problems and this movie perfectly mirrors the worst case scenarios hiding at the back of our heads. What do we do when all hope is lost? How do we find the meaning to go on?
This movie is not all that depressing though, just like many korean films it’s packed with great humor, heartfelt moments and cute romance. Not the typical romance~ but a romance for celebrating life and finding hope to live on.
The cinematography is also top-notch. I fell inlove with the whimsical visuals and magical realism it provides. This film is truly rare and one of a kind for me.
If you decide to watch this, instead of popcorn or chips, you might want to eat instant noodles while watching. This movie has a black bean noodle fetish and will leave you craving for it.
Thank you for reading~!