Castaway on the Moon

Castaway on the Moon (2009)

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Kim Seung-Keun (Jung Jae-Young) stands on the ledge of an overpass bridge above the Han River. He's in way over his head in debt and he's ready to end his life right then and there. Mr. Kim then jumps off the bridge, but due to his own misfortune (or good fortune) he ends up washed ashore on a small nearby island. At first, Mr. Kim looks for every conceivable way to get read moreoff the island - which is in plain view of several nearby high rise buildings and apartment complexes. After a few days, Mr. Kim becomes acclimated to his solitary existence and he even starts to find comfort in his primitive surroundings.
Meanwhile, a young reclusive lady named Kim Jung-Yeon (Jung Ryeo-Won) sits in her room, addicted to the online world of "Cyworld." She hasn't left her apartment in three years and she doesn't plan to leave anytime soon. In the evenings, when Jung-Yeon is finished updating her Cyworld home page, she dabbles in her other hobby which is photographing the moon. During one of those evenings, when Jung-Yeon is taking shots of the moon, she notices a "HELP" sign scrawled onto the sand of a nearby island. She then notices a strange man walking around the island and Jung-Yeon starts to view this man as her own personal alien.

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    Kim\'s Island ; Kimssi Pyoroogi

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Jul 13, 2012
  • Overall 7.0
  • Story 10
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 5.0
  • Rewatch Value 1.0
The story is what caught my interest, since it's truly unique, but the way it unfolded left me a bit disappointed. Such a scenario had a great potential but it left some parts unexplored. They could have expanded on many scenes and cut short some others. I found it boring at times. But it had its bits of comedy too. Far less than I expected though. Overall however, the best word to read more describe this movie is 'weird'. It indeed has a big dose of weirdness in it. It's based on a rather tragic plot, so naturally it will have weirdness and depressive, meaningful moments, especially if you can relate to the characters' feelings.
The ending was fine to me. It fit with the movie's style perfectly.

I recommend this to anyone who wants to see something different. But expect something VERY different from most Asian movies.
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Feb 1, 2014
  • Overall 10
  • Story 10
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 5.0
  • Rewatch Value 5.0
I ended up watching this movie since it had such high recommendations on MDL and elsewhere. Now here is what I think about it:

Story 10/10: I felt like the story was very original. It takes a very dark subject, and injects it with some comedy. Ultimately it had the right amount of darkness and comedy for me.

Acting 10/10: The actors were flawless.

Music 5/10: I don't really remember much about read more the music (i watched it a few days ago.) for that reason I gave it a 5/10. I didn't notice anything wrong with the music choice but at the same time it didn't stay in my memory long enough to be GREAT.

Rewatchability 5/10: I generally do not rewatch films. Although this is an amazing movie, I don't see myself rewatching this anytime soon.

Overall 10/10: Solid story. Solid movie. The perfect movie for a Sunday evening.
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    Amantae Oct 25, 2014

    Just re-watched it - this time with my sister. She is not into korean stuff, but this one left her speechless.

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    Jo-hannah Oct 21, 2014

    This movie is soo awesome! so clever

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    rainecat Sep 2, 2014

    Brilliant movie full of meaning. It has some romance in it, but it is not the point. It is about hope, identity, and finding purpose in a life full of burdens, isolation and social expectation. This along with superb directing and acting; a beautiful soundtrack; a fluid story line that makes it easy for anyone to watch. Don't let the title scare you.

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    rainecat Sep 1, 2014

    The part about hope. Amazing how something so trivial and simple can be used to send across such a message.

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    romenji Apr 21, 2014

    I love this movie! my favourite Korean :)

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    mszither Jan 27, 2014


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      Skye-N-Rain Jan 28, 2014

      The actor who played the delievery boy was perfect :D
      "You two are really somethin'... You're breaking my heart."

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      mszither Jan 28, 2014
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    fwaaaah Jun 30, 2013

    Wow. Just wow.
    Just saw this movie with a friend who haven't seen anything Korean. We both loved this movie!

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    romnin18 Feb 20, 2013

    JJY under the bridge

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    fex18 Jan 12, 2013

    Movies that apparently might seem comical ... really introspective and full of meaning.
    I loved the scene where she comes out of the house during the day to look for him.

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    Danceinthesunlight Jul 13, 2012

    This was rather depressive for me than funny or anything else. I was too caught in the tragedy of their lives to actually enjoy the movie properly. I couldn't help but feel sorry for the girl the entire time while watching.

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    Tysiana Jul 13, 2012

    the movie was good but i think i didn't understand it as much as i should. I'm not too good at interpreting stuff so for me it was a bit boring. So i would recommend it to somebody who likes extraordinary plots and likes to reflect on them.

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    MiiChuun May 27, 2012

    Truly beautiful in so many ways. Both funny and tradic. Really worth watching!

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    ShoSho- Apr 26, 2012

    I loved the main female character a lot, but I didn't enjoy the movie. It was a little bit disappointing for me.

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    Bladey Jan 18, 2012

    What an unusual movie! But a very sensitive one and well-made.


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    South Korea
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  • Release Date:

    May 14, 2009
  • Duration:

    1 hr. 59 min.


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    8.2 (scored by 882 users)
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