Kim Ki-duk’s animal (and human) torture in provocative films like ‘Moebius’ and ‘Pietà”

Posted on March 20, 2020


Why does Medea kill her children? Why does the mother in ‘Moebius’ castrate her son? It is fascinating to ponder on these situations through the medium of cinema, which offers us the safety of distance…

In the small pool of filmmakers known for being provocative, Kim Ki-duk is the oddest of ducks. I first encountered his work thanks to a recommendation from the guy who ran the local DVD store. Yes, it was those days: 2004 to be precise. He handed me a South Korean film made a year earlier. It was called Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter… and Spring. If there’s such a thing as a Zen movie, this was it. I was transfixed by the floating monastery, by the Buddhist monk whose life unfolds unrelentingly, like the passage of seasons in the title.

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