Lee Hae-jun’s CASTAWAY ON THE MOON calls into question the old adage that “no man is an island”

Part of this year’s spotlight on Korean Cinema, Lee Hae-jun’s Castaway on the Moon is a bittersweet comedy about alienation in modern-day Soeul that won the audience award at the Udine Far East Film Festival, and calls into question the old adage that “no man is an island”.

Crippled by debt, divorce and unemployment, Kim Seong-geun (Jung Jae-young) decides to leap to his death from a bridge over Soeul’s Han River. To his surprise, he survives, and awakens on Bamseom , the small uninhabited island in the middle of the river, completely alone but only a stone’s throw from the city. The problem? He doesn’t know how to swim, so he’s stick on the island until someone rescues him. This shouldn’t be difficult, considering boats pass by all day and he’s perfectly visible to the people in the apartments that line the waterfront. But despite his many pleas for help – waving at passersby, drawing an S.O.S. in the sand – no one pays him any mind. They don’t seem to consider that this person may well succumb to the elements or starve to death without their help.

One person – a young woman who is a socially anxious recluse living vicariously through an online avatar – observes him with fascination as he learns to find food, build transport and basically survive without any of the luxuries of civilization. These two social outcasts may be eachother’s only hope – but they’ll each have to overcome some serious fears in order to communicate.

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CASTAWAY ON THE MOON has its Montreal Premiere on Monday July 19th at 7:25pm in the Hall Theatre.
More information, including film description, credits, images and trailer on the film page HERE.

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  1. Saw this tonight, and was quite pleased – both funny and sweet, without an ounce of cloying in it. Didn’t hear that it was sold out, but people were lining the aisles to see it – good on it!

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