Castaway on the moon

We saw a Korean romcom last night called Castaway on the Moon: a genuinely funny movie with an Escapological bent.

In it, a debtor attempts suicide by jumping into the Han River. Instead, he ends up stranded on a decorative islet a small distance from the shore. Unable to swim or attract attention, he is forced to live there on his own, cultivating crops with tools improvised from city flotsam. Charming and strangely inspirational.

We saw the film as part of the Fantasia film festival but the entire movie is on YouTube. This version doesn’t have English subtitles but, in the tradition of all good castaway movies, has minimal dialogue anyway. Here’s the trailer:


Robert Wringham is the editor of New Escapologist. He also writes books and articles. Read more at

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