Castaway On The Moon

Directed by Lee Hey-jun
  • South Korea
  • 116 minutes
  • 2009

Screening with the short film, Corduroy.

Mr. Kim (Jae-Young) is a victim of the recession: jobless, lost in debt and dumped by his girlfriend. He decides to end it all by jumping into the Han River -only to find himself washed up on one of the small, mid-river islands, far from either bank. Part Robinson Crusoe, part JG Ballard hero, he soon abandons thoughts of suicide or rescue and begins a new life as a castaway. His antics happen to catch the attention of another Kim (Rye-Won), a young woman who has shut herself away in a room in one of the many high-rise blocks overlooking the river. Fed by her parents, she hasn’t ventured out in three years; she builds a fantasy life for herself on her own website. Her discovery changes both their lives. But can they ever meet? This unlikely rom-com is as delightfully out-of whack as it sounds.

Vancouver International Film Festival Programme

Jung Jae-Young, Jung Rye-Won, Park Yeong-seo, Yang Mi-gyeong