Shadow Island

Shadow Island

Movie: Shadow Island
Revised romanization: Yeongdo
Hangul: 영도
Director: Son Seung-Ung
Producer: Kim Chang-Eon
Cinematographer: Choi Won-Wook
World Premiere: October, 2014 (Busan International Film Festival)
Release Date: September 10, 2015
Runtime: 115 min.
Genre: Indie / Crime / Mystery
Distributor: Contents Panda
Language: Korean
Country: South Korea


Young-do whose father was a merciless murderer had to endure being called ‘monster’ ever since he was a child. His father’s dark shadow is constantly drawn over him despite his death by execution. Young-do vindictively lashes out to those calling him a monster, slowly becoming one himself. One day, a mysterious woman with a child shows up at Young-do’s house, claiming his father murdered her parents. When she demands for his heart, Young-do points a knife at his chest, daring her to stab him. He eventually fails to kick the woman and her child out of his house, and adding to this, he learns of a secret of hers. Shot in Busan, Shadow Island is the name of a location as well as the main character’s name. The film explains the legacy of violence passed down through three generations. The lives of a murderous father, a son addicted to violence, and the victims of violence intertwine into a surprising finale. As the film shifts through the past and present, it reveals a painful family history that eats away the soul and leads to a burdened fate of self-destruction.