Möbius strip structured film about double castration. Of the better no-dialogue films as it forgoes symbolic interpreting for a purely reflexive discursive style. Father and son bond over mutual castration, pain and pleasure amount to the same thing, phallic rise constitutes libidinal order, rape signals future castration, father's impotence, oedipal urge, imprisonment over penile exposure. Thank god we can talk.
The bleakest and blackest of dark comedies. Not that there's a single laugh to be found in this deranged tale of infidelity, castration, perversion and incest. Also not a word spoken but lots of hissing, groaning and screaming. Absolutely absurd. Sometimes surreal. References to Genet? Cronenbergian body horror? Not to mention sex with rocks and masturbating with knives. You may not like it but you need to watch it.
What actually bothers me in this disturbing - and perversely hilarious - Korean Oedipal-Buddhist parable is not those hard-to-stomach scenes of genital mutilation, rape and incest but how technically awful it all is - the lighting, continuity, clumsy zooms and ugly camera movements. http://www.filmotrope.com
WILD & DISTURBING. I thought about quitting on this a couple times but I'm glad I made it through. Easy to argue that it's a gratuitous roller-coaster ride but I didn't feel that way after, honestly I appreciate that this took me somewhere I'd never been. Once a penis got cut off I was caught-up by the ride that I didn't see this as High Art. So it's entertainment then, wild enough to have meaningful value for some.
(1.5 stars) I appreciate the ambition of making a movie with no dialogue. The lack of dialogue really serves no purpose for the narrative of this film so that was confusing. I guess the director was just doing it to do it. Whatever. The story itself tries to be shocking, but really plays one note the whole way through. Was a bit boring after a while. Great opening however.
Personally, I'm gonna say that Kim Ki Duk has always created an interesting sight of violence. Sometimes, it's too extraordinary to digest, just like this movie. I get the feeling that he wants to describe that a family can be trapped in this 'Moebius' environment
Works surprisingly well, if not as well as 3-iron. Less shocking than it should be as belief is suspended early on ( too much ) and the whole thing becomes a what if. Some of the needlessly chatty directors could really do with a screening of that. I can't imagine words which would add anything to this piece.
everyone is calling this a "black comedy" of sorts but ya, it wasn't meant to be. i cant even classify it as "so bad it's good" because every scene is just shock value after shock value and it fails to hold interest being so absurd. zero character development, they're all hollow and nuts. i wish it was more self-satirical. i kind of enjoyed the ironic ending.