Hae-won is a beautiful single woman in her thirties who works at a bank in the Seoul city. She leads a busy life until she becomes a witness to an attempted murder case, and at the same time, things get complicated at work. When things get out of hand she is forced to take a vacation so she heads for Moodo, a small undeveloped island, where she had once visited to see her grandparents. And where she had befriended a girl named Bok-nam who stills writes to Hae-won asking her to visit despite the fact that Hae-won never bothered to reply.
Upon arriving at the island, Hae-won is shocked to see everyone treating Bok-nam like a slave. As practically the only young woman on the island, she is a plaything for all the men and a free laborer for the women. Sick of all the inhumane treatment, Bok-nam had tried to escape the island several times in the past but had failed each time. She begs Hae-won to help her escape the place, but Hae-won remains indifferent not wanting to be involved in complicated situations. When Bok-nam realizes that her own daughter will follow her footsteps, she tries to escape the island with her daughter. But her daughter gets killed ing the process. And when she loses the only thing that had kept her going because of Hae-wons negligence, Bok-nam takes a sickle in her hand for revenge.
Seems like it's shot from the perspective of allegory at what's happening in N. Korea nowadays.
The most important scene for me is when Bok-nam stares dazedly into the effulgent Sun and proclaims:
I think it's the director's way of saying that when no one else would help this poor woman, the Sun King answered. The immediacy of clarity after this scene is staggering. :::spoiler:::: The unspoken colloquial with the Sun King! @ 2:00
The roller coaster of emotions is dizzying. From victim
with no happy ending in sight.
It's kind of a William Golding 'Lord of the Flies' thing - that sociological experiment of the ethical and the licentious; the corruption of power and the shared guilt of the apathetic bystander. Haunting flick to be sure.
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