South korean director Kim Ki-duk has never been a stranger to controversy but even by his standards Moebius
has had a difficult trip to the screen. Effectively banned in Korea, the original version of the picture has undergone significant changes to be cleared for exhibition and will soon be bowing to audiences in Venice and Toronto.
And it's from Toronto that we come by some major tidbits from the film. First, a very detailed program note that tells us more than we've known so far about the film. And, second, a trailer. Check it below.
South Korea's celebrated perennial provocateur Kim Ki-duk (Pieta)
returns with this twisted family chronicle perched somewhere between
psychological thriller, grotesque comedy, and perverse ode to the
pleasures of sadomasochism.
One of the most powerful and
controversial films of the last decade. Moebius is Korean
maestro-provocateur Kim Ki-duk's most audacious work to date -- and
that's saying something. This disturbing yet cathartic film is a potent
metaphor for a contemporary society morbidly obsessed with its own
sexuality. It is also a reflection on incest, and that visceral bond
that connects each of us to the parents who made us -- in an endless loop
like the "Möebius strip" suggested by the title.
their adolescent son (Seo Young-ju), a couple's fight over the husband's
infidelity turns to a grotesque calamity. After failing to sever her
husband's penis, the infuriated wife chooses instead to dismember her
son in order to hurt his father. Family violence sparks a chain of
events that culminates in a dramatic epilogue of destruction.
a silent film but a wordless one, Moebius bears the clear mark of Kim's
singular genius. It's a modern Greek tragedy bordering on psychological
thriller, a pitchblack comedy, a crazy-weird depiction of pain-induced
pleasure -- in all cases, a sheer work of art, lucid and coherent in its
shocking madness. Extracting remarkable performances from Cho Jae-hyun
as the father, Lee Eun-woo as both the mother and the husband's lover,
and especially from Seo, Kim once again rewards his valiant audience
with mesmerizing art. This is pure cinema -- at its most brilliantly
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