2. THE ISLE (2000)

Regarded as the champion of Korean arthouse flicks, director Kim Ki-duk consistently puts out films that are visually gratifying and thematically vile.

Noted by many critics as the jumpoff point for Korea's gross-out cinema, The Isle deals with a mute woman who operates a fishing resort full of small floating houses. An outlaw enters the picture and immediately charms her despite her initial refusals. Though she brings him a prostitute to serve his needs, she eventually gets jealous of the budding relationship between the couple and kills both the hoe and her pimp.

But wait, it gets worse: In an unsuccessful suicide attempt, the male protagonist eats fishhooks, while the female lead stuffs fishhooks into her you-know-what. Try to get that visual stain off your brain.

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