New developments on Kim Ki-duk’s Moebius. It looks like the film will be restricted domestically: Except there are no theaters that show “restricted” releases in South Korea. The Korean Media Rating Board announced: “The story and contents of the movie is highly violent, terrifying and harmful to underage audiences. The unethical and unsocial expressions of sexual activity between immediate family members make it only suitable for screening in limited theaters”. At this point Kim Ki-duk’s production company is considering its options: Either re-edit and re-submit the film for a new rating or only exhibit the picture at festivals (which is allowed).
I’m not sure how big of a problem this is going to be for Kim Ki-duk, since he is still able to advertise it and alternatively show it domestically. Also, remember that his films are more financially (and critically) successful in foreign countries and low-budget, so he could still make his money back without compromising his vision. Undoubtedly this is not good news, but if he plays it smart he could turn it into publicity and attract a certain audience keen on violent content.
Meanwhile, the first poster for Moebius is a bit too reminiscent of the one for Steven Soderbergh’s Contagion (2011). Hopefully his marketing team steps it up a little and doesn’t give up on this very interesting sounding project.
Kim Ki-duk’s new film Moebius will be presented at the 70th Venice Film Festival. The South Korean auteur won the 69th edition of that very festival with his last movie Pietà. Moebius is described as the story of a mother that accidentally injures and fatally wounds her son and her husband castrating himself in order to make amends.
This sounds very much like Kim Ki-duk’s style and I’m sure it will feature his favorite theme of voyeurism and hopefully new inventive tricks on the aesthetic front (possibly better than those ‘zoom effects’ in Pietà). Being a big fan of his work I’m glad to see him back to work so feverishly. I can’t help but wonder if the accident on the set of Dreams has inspired him to do this film. If you want to know more about what happened during the shooting of that movie I highly watching his documentary Arirang, for which he won the Un Certain Regard price in Cannes in 2011.
The festival will take place from the 28. August to the 7. September. Italian director Bernardo Bertolucci was appointed president of the jury.