Gruesome, surreal, and gorgeous. All of these words perfectly describe the Korean film "The Isle." This film features amazingly beautiful scenery and imagery which is painful to watch. A man with a disturbing past seeks sanctuary from the law, and his own demons. He comes to a lake where a woman delivers fishermen and other visitors to small, floating rooms, accessable only by boat. She brings them supplies and prostitutes, and even sells herself to her visitors. She performs all of these duties without a word. When she and her reclusive boarder become entangled in a very disturbing love affair, sex, murder, suicide attempts, and mutilation follow. This film is not to be undertaken by the light-of-heart. The film's director is known for depicting inhuman brutality and horrors on screen, and is known to be quite a sick fellow in general. He's also known to be a talented film-maker, by those who can sit through his films without becoming ill. This is an excellent film, but not one for the squemish. If you think you can sit through the film's more disturbing scenes, then you're in for a very disturbing treat.