The organizers of the Toronto International Film Festival have released a new trailer for acclaimed Korean director Kim Ki-duk's latest film Moebius (2013), starring Jo Jae-hyeon, Lee Eun-woo, and Seo Young-ju.
Official TIFF synopsis: 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.
Observed by 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.
Not 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 transgressive.
Note: Director Kim Ki-duk's latest film, Pieta, was recently released on Blu-ray in the United States. See our listing and review of this release here.
Kim Ki-Duk. Always provocative and intriguing. I enjoyed Pieta and I'll definitely look forward to Moebius' US theatrical release. How funny this article should appear, soon before I'm to start a little marathon of Kim Ki-Duk's films using my Netflix subscription.
Great news. I don't even have to watch the trailer after reading this article. Kim Ki Duk is one of my favorite directors and I'll be picking up the Korean import once it's annouced. I'm sure way before the US gets around to releasing it as well.