Director: Kim Ki Young
Runtime: 110 minutes
Country: South Korea
Language: Korean with English subtitles
Rating: R21 (Sexual scenes)
When one of the Io island’s native sons, who had gone to the mainland, disappears off the deck of a tourist ship, a businessman suspected of killing him travels there in hopes of uncovering the truth behind the man’s disappearance. He organises a press cruise trip to Io to promote a hotel and discovers a mythical isle of dark folk significance and a matriarchal society of shamanistic fisherwomen. Though learning of the island’s cursed men, the businessman is nonetheless drawn to the affairs with the women. Depicting Korean men’s anxiety towards their place in society, Iodo presents an ambivalent portrait of an alternate “feminine” universe, one appearing both regrettably lost yet terrifyingly primordial.
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