Castaway on the Moon

Castaway on the Moon (Korean김씨 표류기; RRKimssi Pyoryugi; lit. "Mr Kim's drifting experience": 표류: drifting; hanja: 金氏漂流記) is a 2009 South Korean romantic comedy film written and directed by Lee Hae-jun.[2] 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.[3][4][5]

Castaway on the Moon
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Directed byLee Hae-jun
Produced byKim Moo-ryoung
Kang Woo-suk
Written byLee Hae-jun
StarringJung Jae-young
Jung Ryeo-won
Music byKim Hong-jib
CinematographyKim Byeong-seo
Edited byNam Na-yeong
banzakbanzak Film Production
Distributed byCinema Service
Release date
  • May 14, 2009 (2009-05-14)
Running time
116 minutes
CountrySouth Korea
BudgetUS$5 million
Box officeUS$3,725,352[1]


Kim Seong-geun (Jung Jae-young) is deep in debt and his life seems completely hopeless. He jumps off a bridge into the Han River and washes up on the shore of Bamseom, 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 and he can't swim. He finds a duck-shaped paddle 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 cry for help scrawled in the sand is seen by Kim Jung-yeon (Jung Ryeo-won), a hermit and recluse 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 at night to throw bottled messages onto the island, and Seong-geun writing his replies in the sand. Seong-geun also manages to cultivate crops to prepare noodles for an instant noodles packet of jajangmyeon.

A torrential storm arrives, destroying Seong-geun's farm and sweeping away the possessions he has collected. He is found by a group of workers sent to clean up litter on the island and forced off. Seong-geun boards a bus in the city to jump off the 63 Building. Jung-yeon, who, after overcoming her anxiety and desperately running across the bridge to find him, manages to catch up to his bus after the civil defense drill stalls it. She boards and introduces herself to him.


  • Jung Jae-young as Kim Seong-geun
  • Jung Ryeo-won as Kim Jung-yeon
  • Park Young-seo as delivery man
  • Yang Mi-kyung as Jung-yeon's mother
  • Koo Kyo-hwan as utilities man #1
  • Lee Sang-il as utilities man #2
  • Min Kyeong-jin as apartment security guard
  • Jang Nam-yeol as bus driver
  • Lee Sang-hun as Seong-geun's father
  • Jang So-yeon as Seong-geun's girlfriend

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Recipient Result
2009 29th Hawaii International Film Festival[6] NETPAC Award Castaway on the Moon Won
46th Grand Bell Awards Best Screenplay Lee Hae-jun Nominated
Best Planning Kim Moo-ryoung Nominated
32nd Golden Cinematography Awards Best Actor Jung Jae-young Won
30th Blue Dragon Film Awards Best Screenplay Lee Hae-jun Nominated
2010 46th Baeksang Arts Awards Best Actor Jung Jae-young Nominated
Best Screenplay Lee Hae-jun Nominated
12th Udine Far East Film Festival[7] Black Dragon Audience Award Castaway on the Moon Won
9th New York Asian Film Festival[8] Audience Award Won
14th Fantasia International Film Festival[9] Special Jury Prize Won
Audience Award - Best Asian Film, Bronze Won


In 2011, CJ Entertainment announced an American remake, with Mark Waters attached as director and Michael Goldbach as screenwriter.[10]


  1. ^ "Kimci Pyoryugi (Castaway on the Moon) (2009)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2014-10-12.
  2. ^ Yi, Chang-ho (11 September 2008). "LEE Hae-jun films JUNG Jae-young's adventures". Korean Film Biz Zone. Retrieved 2014-10-12.
  3. ^ Yi, Chang-ho (30 May 2008). "LEE Hae-jun casts JUNG Jae-young". Korean Film Biz Zone. Retrieved 2014-10-12.
  4. ^ "K-FILM REVIEWS: 김씨 표류기 (Castaway on the Moon)". Twitch Film. 21 August 2009. Archived from the original on 19 October 2014. Retrieved 2014-10-12.
  5. ^ Yang, Sung-jin (9 April 2009). "A castaway on the Han River". The Korea Herald. Retrieved 2014-10-12.
  6. ^ Noh, Jean (22 October 2009). "Empire Of Silver, Petition take top awards at Hawaii fest". Screen Daily. Retrieved 2014-10-12.
  7. ^ "Castaway wins Udine vote". Film Business Asia. 3 May 2010. Retrieved 2014-10-12.
  8. ^ Frater, Patrick (11 July 2010). "Gallants and Castaway take popular vote at NYAFF". Film Business Asia. Retrieved 2014-10-12.
  9. ^ Vlessing, Etan (2 August 2010). "Fantasia fest fetes Japan's Sawako Decides". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2014-10-12.
  10. ^ Fleming, Mike Jr. (18 February 2011). "CJ Entertainment Remakes Castaway On The Moon For Mark Waters To Direct". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 2014-10-12.

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