Castaway on the Moon

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Castaway on the Moon
Castaway on the Moon poster.jpg
Directed by Lee Hae-Joon
Produced by Kim Moo-ryeong
Kang Woo-suk (executive)
Written by Lee Hae-Joon
Starring Jung Jae-young
Jung Ryeo-won
Music by Kim Hong-jip
Cinematography Kim Byung-soo
Edited by Nam Na-yeong
Release dates
  • May 14, 2009 (2009-05-14)
Running time 116 minutes
Country South Korea
Language Korean
Box office $3,725,352[1]

Castaway on the Moon (Korean: 김씨 표류기 Kimssi Pyoryugi) is 2009 South Korean romance-comedy-drama film written and directed by Lee Hae-Joon. It is a love story between a suicidal man turned castaway on Bamseom in the Han River and a Hikikomori woman who is addicted to Cyworld. After domestic release, the film went on to win multiple international awards.[2]

Plot summary[edit]

Kim Seung-geun (Jung Jae-young) is deep in debt and his life seems completely hopeless. He jumps off a bridge into a river and washes up on the shore of Bamseom island, which lies directly below the bridge.. After searching the island he finds it is filled mostly with vegetation and surrounded by the city but too far to shout or swim. He finds a duck-shaped boat and begins to like living on the island, free of his debt and worries of city life, though it is not easy.

As he learns to survive on the island, his cries for help scrawled in the sand are seen by Kim Jung-yeon (Jung Ryeo-won), a hikikomori who spots him while engaging in her nightly habit of photographing the moon. They soon begin exchanging messages, with Jung-yeon venturing out of her house to throw bottled messages onto the island, and Seung-geun writing his replies in the sand.

The climax of the movie arrives with a torrential storm which destroys Seung-geun's farm and sweeps away the possessions he has collected, after which he is found by a group of workers sent to clean up litter on the island. He boards a bus in the city where Jung-yeon, after overcoming her anxiety and running across the bridge to find him, manages to finally meet him.


  • Jung Jae-young ... Kim Seung-geun
  • Jung Ryeo-won ... Kim Jung-yeon
  • Park Young-seo ... delivery man
  • Yang Mi-kyung ... Jung-yeon's mom
  • Ku Kyo-han ... utilities man #1
  • Lee Sang-il ...utilities man #2
  • Min Kyeong-jin ... apartment security guard
  • Jang Nam-yeok ... bus driver
  • Lee Sang-hun ... Seung-geun's father
  • Jang So-yeon ... Kim Seung-geun's girlfriend


  • NETPAC Award - 2009 (29th) Hawaii International Film Festival - October 15–25, 2010
  • Best Actor (Jung Jae-Young) - 2009 (32nd) Golden Cinematography Awards - December, 2009
  • Audience Award - 2010 (12th) Udine Far East Film - April 23-May 1, 2010
  • Black Dragon Audience Award - 2010 (12th) Udine Far East Film - April 23-May 1, 2010
  • NYAFF 2010 Audience Award - 2010 (9th) New York Asian Film Festival - June 25 - July 8, 2010
  • Special Jury Prize: - 2010 (14th) Fantasia Film Festival - July 8–28, 2010
  • Audience Awards - Best Asian Film (Bronze) - 2010 (14th) Fantasia Film Festival - July 8–28, 2010


External links[edit]