One thing is for sure, when it comes to strange, surreal, cringe inducing films, no one does it quite like Asian filmmakers. This film is no exception. I wasn't quite sure what to expect when I started watching this film. I had read some good things about it in some forums that I frequent, seemed like an interesting horror type film with a touch of th bizarre, seemed right up my alley. So on a recent order from Hong Kong through DDDhouse.com, I ordered it from their cheap sale. This means, if I didn't like it, I would only be out about $4-5. It is a region 3 disk, so most of you folks in my neck of the woods wouldn't be able to play this disk, although I believe there is a region 1 version available. On to the movie.
What I expected was some type of horror film, what i got was rather slowly paced (not a bad thing) drama with some creepy moments. The setting is one I haven't seen before, something of a fishing camp. There is a lake with small platforms floating on it with small enclosed cabins on them. People rent them and are taken to them by motorboat, and there they fish or do whatever else they wish. Hee-Jin (Jung Sue) is the mute woman who operates the business, delivering food and other, umm, services to her clientele. The story takes a turn when Hyun-Shik(Yoo-Suk Kim) rents a platform, with the possible intent of committing suicide. The reason for this desire we learn through a nightmare he has, he is hiding out due to something bad that he had done. The turn is that Hee-Jin takes an interest in this visitor. An odd love/hate relationship develops between the two, although one last suicide attempt ensues.
This attempt to kill himself is one of the most cringe inducing scenes I have ever witnessed on film. Do not read the rest of this paragraph if you do not wish to know. In an attempt to off himself, he swallows a fishing line with a cluster of fish hooks on the end and then attempts to pull it back out of his throat. Of course it is unsuccessful, and eventually leads to Hee-Jin's use of fish hooks for another reason, not to be discussed here.