Io Island is a bizarre murder mystery from one of Korean cinema’s unquestionable masters, Kim Ki-young (The Housemaid). Suspected and acquitted of killing a native son of the matriarch-led Io Island, a businessman travels there in hopes of uncovering the truth behind the man’s disappearance and the perplexing allure of Io’s shamanistic inhabitants. Kim’s mid-career film is a fascinating interrogation of Korean identity in the 1970s and a hypnotic take on the missing-person story, not least in its complex structure and rendering of time.
Playing as part of our Bong Joon Ho retrospective, January 7-14. See showtimes & get tickets.