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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Jun 26, 2011
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  • Music 6.0
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10 out of 10. seriously. this film has its funny and its sad parts, though the story is unique. you fall in love with the characters. you hope for them, you're sad for them. when a movie creates that kind of effect on its watchers, then it is truly exceptional. the ending, some might complain is a bit open ended, but it fits well with the overall story. this is definitely one to watch ^^
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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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With the same male lead, this movie offers the same amount of comedy. Great for overcoming any huge drama slump!
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    KaraGrace Aug 19, 2016

    This was my first Korean movie, and has a special place in my heart. It's just so weird and quirky, that I love it. And I love the message. I've known quite a few people like the main girl in this movie, and feel that despite the weirdness, there is depth to this story. Definitely one of my favorite Korean movies.

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    DreamingKoreanBallad Apr 20, 2016
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    DreamingKoreanBallad Apr 20, 2016

    Definitely the weirdest movie I've ever seen LOL - The guy went from pathetic, to weird to insane XD and the girl...I thought she was demented lol - two very odd oddballs - went together like 2 odd peas in a pod. I personally won't re-watch this again. But I served up some laughs and about a million eyebrow raises O.o XD A very odd/strange/weird/different kind of movie XD

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    Olga Firsova Mar 25, 2016

    The film breaks stereotypes. It made me to reappraise my values and to look at my life in a different way.

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    Sharn Feb 20, 2016

    The poster of the movie turned me off, but somehow I managed to put myself into this after some years when I was feeling suicidal. I feel hopeful and this is a deep and great plot movie. Not to mention the flawless ending.

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    Malu Dec 29, 2015

    This film has made me want to eat fish, OMG

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    sogand Aug 14, 2015

    marvelous,odd,funny and entertaining at the same time.
    a must watch!

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    101Rubellite Apr 25, 2015

    Brilliant! simply brilliant! I loved it sooo much!

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    FairuzShahriar Feb 15, 2015

    one of the most intriguing korean movies I've seen.......I plan to definitely watch t again with some other people.....pls do watch gives you hope.....and maybe will let u see life thru another perspective.excellent acting.

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    KMR Feb 4, 2015

    It's interesting, more philosophical than entertaining. It's really not that amazing though.

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    lenofilus Jan 7, 2015

    This is for sure one of the best movies I've ever seen!

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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 - edited

    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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    South Korea
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  • Release Date:

    May 14, 2009
  • Duration:

    1 hr. 59 min.


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