Faceless Things

  • 65'
  • South Korea
  • 2005
This is the kind of film that is preceded by warnings. Not for young viewers, for instance, even though the young in this film are pretty young and the director himself is only just 20. It’s also not a film for people who don’t like sexual experiments. And maybe there should be a third warning: not for people who don’t like radical cinematographic angles. Of course I hope that all these warnings make enough people curious to see this shameless cinematographic deed.
The film is made up of three fairly separate sections that share their tone, masks and aesthetics, but within which the actions and characters differ. The section comprises one single shot. The first part is a kind of restaging of an encounter shot with a hidden camera between a father with secret desires and a schoolboy who rents his body. The acted scene is very realistic and differs possibly only in style from sadomasochist gay porn. The second section will be regarded as even more shocking. The sadomasochism has an outspoken scatological component (excrement, in other words). The last part is very short and surprisingly different. The director is uncompromising and original, to put it mildly, but really you should say that only a real talent could bring an autobiographical experiment like this to a good end. (GjZ)

Director
Kim Kyung-Mook
Premiere
European premiere
Country of production
South Korea
Production Year
2005
Festival Edition
IFFR 2007
Length
65'
Medium
DV cam NTSC
Original title
Eolgul eopnun geotdul
Language
Korean
Producer
Kim Kyung-Mook
Sales
Kim Kyung-Mook
Screenplay
Kim Kyung-Mook
Cinematography
Kim Ah-Ram
Editor
Kim Kyung-Mook
Sound Design
Kim Kyung-Mook
Music
Lee Min-Hee
Cast
Kim Jin-Hoo, Kim Jong-Chul