In a career spanning nearly two decades, one of the most controversial film directors, Kim Ki-duk is coming to World Movies. The film legend has directed close to twenty feature films and has evolved from enfant terrible into arthouse darling, courting controversy and collecting accolades at every turn.
Many themes and motifs recur throughout Kim’s work, including sparse dialogue, dysfunctional relationships, misogyny, fragile machismo, animal cruelty, prostitution, sexual violence. He also has a penchant for violence. .
In an interview with Kim, he says, “For me, violence is beautiful. Our life is an image and it’s filled with many colours. Love is just one colour. Where there is light, there is shadow and likewise black and white are also colours of life. I try to convey pain and sensitivity of human beings.”
This month World Movies is showcasing four of his best films, including:
Pieta – Sunday 4 June 6.45pm
Made quickly and on a small budget, Pieta is an often disturbing revenge tale, moody and morally challenging, where redemption for one of recent cinema’s most dark-hearted anti-heroes seems just out of grasp. It tells the story of a pitiless and anger-fuelled debt collector and an equally brutal moneylender.
Bag Guy – Sunday 11 June 6.50pm
In Bad Guy, Kim asks audiences, Why is it that though everyone is born the same, with equal rights and equal qualities, we are divided and categorized as we grow older? Why are we judged according to our looks and appearances?
Kim explores if it really is impossible for these classes to get along and for their worlds to merge.
Moebius – Sunday 18 June 6.55pm
In Moebius, Kim tries to convey the real pain and suffering of people. It tells the story of a father driven into desire, a son coveting that of his father’s, and the sorrowful maternity that hovers them into tragedy.
Time – Sunday 25 June 6.45pm
In an effort to save a failing relationship, a woman undergoes extreme plastic surgery.
Time has been described as a comedy about the hollowness of relationships in a global consumerist culture. The film’s three lead performances, by Mr. Ha as Ji-woo and by Ms. Seong and Ms. Park as the two incarnations of his lover, are fearlessly honest, so attuned to contemporary anxieties about sex, love and social status that the characters’ unhappiness is as squirm-inducing as the movie’s close-ups of sliced flesh.
Don’t miss World Movies focus on Leading Men: Kim Ki-duk, every Sunday this month.