THE MOON (2023) Reviews of Korean sci-fi thriller plus trailers

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The Moon is a 2023 Korean sci-fi thriller film about an astronaut marooned in space due to an unfortunate accident. A desperate rescue mission to save him ensues. But things are more complicated than it seems…

Written and directed by Kim Yong-hwa (Oh! Brothers; 200 Pounds Beauty; Take Off; Mr. Go; Along With the Gods: The Two Worlds; The Last 49 Days). Produced by Choi Ji-Sun.

The CJ ENM Co-CJ Entertainment-Vlad Studio co-production stars Do Kyung-soo (aka D.O. of K-pop boy band EXO), Sul Kyung-gu, Kim Hee-ae, Jo Han-chul and Park Byung Eun.


Plot synopsis:
Set in 2030, when the manned lunar exploration project has progressed considerably. Astronaut Hwang Seon-woo (Do Kyung-soo), ends up stranded on the Moon alone in space beyond 384,000 km due to an accident on the lunar surface, and Kim Jae-guk (Sol Kyung-gu), the former head of the space centre must desperately try to save him.

On the other hand, Moon Young (Kim Hee-ae), general director of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration space station, has a hidden secret…

“I wonder if Yong-Hwa trimmed the fats and just leave the essentials focusing primarily on Sun-Woo’s one-man survival in space instead of scattering the story all over the place. No doubt the result of a briskly-paced space survival drama, coupled with tighter editing would do this movie a huge favor.” 5 out of 10, Fiction Horizon

” …the movie frequently falters as resorting to lots of plot contrivance and heavy-handed melodrama. While none of its main characters are particularly developed well, most of the dialogue in the film is not so good even at my rather low standard, and, above all, its many shameless attempts to squeeze tears from us are often on the verge of parody instead of ringing true to us.” Seongyong’s Private Place

Release date:
The Moon was released theatrically in Korean cinemas on August 2, 2023.




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Original Korean title:
더 문 aka Deo Mun

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