One of the weirdest movies I've come across- but not in a good way
(This comment may not make sense- but then again neither does the movie)
Su-hyeon Kim the star of Old Boy directs a very strange, very disjointed movie about people living in a tenement. Centering around a father and his sons, who have names the S@#$head, Dognose and So-So. This movie rambles from one bit to the next on a trajectory thats not quite aimed at the broadside of a barn. I wish I could tell you more about what this movie is but I have no real clue. Its just strange, really really strange. One son brings home an old girl friend for his father to have, another son has just gotten out of prison and likes to stab people, a third rides a motorcycle and makes deliveries. There are gangsters, and children, a guy who makes love charms...
...and its brilliantly filmed and acted to such a degree that I was transfixed by the technical aspects and the greatness of the pieces as the film as a whole slid slowly into the surreal. As a series of unconnected moments, or as a calling card of a film maker who's got a future, its something to see. The problem is that each brief piece never really connects to the next and after two hours you're worn down by the disjointed nature and lack of a narrative whole.
It just doesn't work, which is sad because so much of this is really good, just not when you place the pieces together.
Despite my middle of the road rating (for the pieces and certainly not the whole) I can't recommend it except for those who are truly adventurous film fans, or for those who want to see something weird for weirds sake. Then again maybe I should just say stay away, since this really isn't something you'd want to see.
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