Consumed with hatred against her husband for his long time infidelity, the wife wants to take revenge against him but ends up inflicting a fatal wound to the son, and then disappears overwhelmed with guilt.
Kim Ki-duk, South Korean cinema’s provocateur par excellence, lives up to his reputation by the end of the first reel in this potboiler version of arthouse cinema. Don’t worry, there’s even more to come. Sexual repression and revenge ripple through its torrid story—told completely without dialog!
Moebius works best at its looniest and most disturbing and Kim Ki Duk decision for complete silence("the silent treatment") works like a charm, espcially since whatever could have been said in this film might have worked against it.
Some things seem out of place, but overall I found it to be an effective experience.
A transgressive silent black comedy centered around castration. Impressive tonal control. Ranges from downright repulsive to hysterical, often both at the same time. "family, desires, and genital organs are one from the start" - Kim Ki Duk
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.
The most transgressive silent film ever made. I really "liked" this, I probably won't ever watch it again. This was some punishing shit to be sure, it's Ki-Duk so that's most least shocking thing about it.
Ci vuole davvero coraggio a presentare un'opera così(a Venezia poi),ma se sei Kim Ki Duk te lo puoi permettere,è un film mega-malato,non si respira aria fresca per tutta la durata,tutto è avvolto dal malsano,dal putrido,dall incestuoso.Un quadro familiare terribile,con vite alla deriva e nessuna redenzione.Alcuni momenti sono intensissimi(quelli con la ragazza),altri sono troppo ripetitivi. Cmq ammirevole.3,5*
What the hell?? I'm not even sure how to rate this film, but it probably takes the cake for most fucked up movie I've ever seen. Weirdly funny, but not by normal standards. It just becomes so outrageous that you can't help but laugh. Whatever Kim is trying to say about the relationship between sex and violence is lost due to his emphasis on shock value. The complete lack of dialogue is impressive, though.