Lee Sung-jae (Actor), Kim Ki-duk (Director, Screenwriter, Editor, Executive Producer), Mina Fujii (Actress)
Moderation: Anatol Weber
A group of very different people set sail on an old warship. The passengers include a senator with his son, a newly-wed couple, a mysterious old man, a group of sex workers and a gang of violent criminals. Korean director Kim Ki-duk doesn’t waste any time before mercilessly letting his characters loose on each other in this confined setting. At first the aggressive behaviour of the thugs and their leader is directed at the first class passengers, but then more and more indiscriminately against the rest of those on board. Rape is followed by murder and it’s not long before the first of numerous and increasingly brutal mutinies takes place. And then, when a view of the ocean reveals a sea of clouds instead of water, it looks as though the ship’s social microcosm has finally come apart. All the protagonists in this film remain nameless and without a biography, the only thing that counts is the breathless here and now, which becomes a parable about the beast that is humankind. In a dramatic interpersonal downward spiral, the cruel fight for food and survival ultimately veers into the fantastical.
122 min · Colour
Mina Fujii (Eve)Jang Keun-suk (Adam)Ahn Sung-ki (The old man)Lee Sung-jae (Adam's father)Ryoo Seung-bum (gangster boss)Sung Ki-youn (Captain)Joe Odagiri (Eve's boyfriend)
Born in Bonghwa, South Korea in 1960. After studying in Paris, he returned to South Korea and began working as a screenwriter. He made his directing debut in 1996 with the low-budget film Ageo (Crocodile). Since then, his films have frequently caused a sensation at international festivals. His work has screened a number of times at the Berlinale, most recently in 2004 with Samaria (Samaritan Girl) which won him the Silver Bear.Filmography
1996 Ageo (Crocodile) 1997 Yasaeng dongmul bohoguyeog (Wild Animals) 1998 Paran daemun (Birdcage Inn); Panorama 2000 Seom (The Isle) · Shilje sanghwang (Real Fiction) 2001 Soo-chwi-in bul-myeong (Address Unknown) 2002 Na-bbun nam-ja (Bad Guy); competition · Hae-an-seon (The Coast Guard) 2003 Bom, Yeorum, Gaeul, Gyeowool… Geurigo Bom (Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring) 2004 Samaria (Samaritan Girl); competition · Bin-jip (3–Iron) 2005 Hwal (The Bow) 2006 Sigan (Time) 2007 Sum (Breath) 2008 Bi-mong (Dream) 2011 A-ri-rang (Arirang) · A-men (Amen) 2012 Pi-ae-ta (Pieta) 2013 Moe-bi-u-seu (Moebius) 2014 Il-dae-il (One on One) 2015 Se-top (Stop) 2016 Geu-mul (The Net) 2018 Inkan, gongkan, sikan grigo inkan (Human, Space, Time and Human); Panorama
Kim Ki-duk FilmSeoul, Korea