I don't know how to describe renowned Korean director, Kim Ki-Duk's new docudrama, it is weird, fascinating, boring, humorous, experimental, self-indulgent, self-critical, meditative and intense all at the same time! How can a film be all of the above? Well, here we go, and it even won the 'Prix Un Certain Regard' at Cannes Film festival in 2011.
Kim Ki-Duk's films are not catered for the masses, most of them are dark, twisted, destructive and thought-provoking, nonetheless, they are always visually stunning ( due to his background in Fine arts). I have watched about 5/6 of his previous films and probably like most people, "Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring" is my favourite.
I have not seen "Dream", the film that triggered him to step away from the camera and lived in isolation for three years. This docudrama is like his confession to himself and the world about what he went through, and how he coped with his 'mental breakdown'. The irony is that his 'breakdown' was caused by filming, which also turned out to be his 'cure'. But I am particularly intrigued by all the coffee machines that he made during that period!
I think people are going to either love it or hate it, personally, I think it is flawed, yet it is probably the bravest and rawest autobiopic I have ever seen. It pushes boundaries to the extreme, as well as challenging the audiences' patience and tolerance. Love it or hate it, it surely is unique and bizarre enough to make you realised that being 'ordinary' is actually not so bad afterall!