ASIAN FILM - Review
11:46 - 25th November 2014, by Calum Waddell

Moebius

Korea’s foremost experimentalist Kim Ki Duk makes a raw return to shock-cinema with Moebius – a story of family dysfunction and body-horror that eventually becomes a full-on endurance test. The film opens to the sight of a middle-aged father (Jo Jae-hyeon) engaged in a bout of brutal domestic conflict with his attractive wife (Lee Eun-woo). The reason for this struggle is down to Jae-hyeon’s sexual affairs with other women – and, deciding that all men are alike, Eun-woo enters the bedroom of their teenage son and castrates him. From here, Moebius focuses on the genitally-challenged young school pupil (Seo Young-ju) whose father is wrapped in guilt over his son’s ordeal. To make matters worse for Young-ju, a busty, beautiful young shop owner is dedicated to taking his virginity and teases him by flashing her breasts.

Sexual frustration seeps from the boy’s persona – so his dad decides to introduce him to another way of reaching orgasm: through extensive self harm. Throw into this macabre mix gang rape, stabbings and even more castration, and you have Moebius – a minimalist shocker that features no dialogue, few locations and little comedy relief. Nonetheless, this is a movie that manages to find its way under your skin and both disgust and disturb in equal measures. Kim Ki Duk, whose best work includes The Isle (2000) and Samaritan Girl (2004), has long been seen as an unpredictable, uncompromising and frequently interesting filmmaker. With Moebius he has surely outdone himself – because this is his most disquieting work to date.

For strong stomachs only, Moebius is a must-see for anyone who wants a confrontational and chilling night in front of the TV…
SCORE: 4/5
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