The question and answer session with the director and lead actors that was held after the showing went on for much longer than anyone was accustomed to.
One is that such a low-budget film looks so good visually.
In Flower Island, Song showed an unusual talent for the aesthetics of digital cinema, but here he takes it one step further.
In Song's other works, such elements sometimes feel forced or self-consciously arty, but here they blend with the otherworldly presence of the island and add a sense of mystery.
Git (which means either a triangular flag or "feather" in Korean) is surprising in several respects.
A peacock appears on the island, with no clear explanation or motivation.
And the tango, a very un-Korean pasttime, makes a striking appearance in the film.
To capture a natural setting so well on a medium that often feels cold and sterile is an unusual accomplishment.
The relaxed, convincing performances of the actors also deserve notice.
These are some reviews of the features released in 2005 that have generated the most discussion and interest among film critics and/or the general public. Sometimes small-scale, informal projects can liberate a director.
Without the pressure and weighty expectations involved in producing a major work, inspiration flows freely and the result is an even more accomplished piece of art.
Now, years after breaking up, he returns to the small island named Biyang-do, wondering if his ex-girlfriend will remember their appointment.