THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, DEC 11: He may be the enfant terrible of ‘Korean cinema’ but for the movie enthusiast in Kerala Kim Ki-Duk is undoubtedly the most sought after and most loved foreign filmmaker ever.
With an incredible range of movies in his kitty that tells the tale of love, violence, desire and vivid facets of life, he is noted for his unusual and quirky ways of filmmaking and offbeat themes.
“My movies are based on the pain of human beings,” says Kim Ki-Duk – who has come down to Kerala for the first time to be a part of the 18th International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK).
Kim Ki-Duk, who is here to showcase his latest controversial movie, ‘Moebius’, says his effort is to capture and convey the real pain and suffering of people. Moebius, screened at the Venice Film Festival this September, had a limited run in South Korea because of its sexual and violent content.
“For me violence is beautiful. Our life is an image and it’s filled with many colours. Love is just one colour. Where there is light there is shadow and likewise black and white are also colours of life. I try to convey pain and sensitivity of human beings,” says Kim, who has made several movies with violent themes.
He says that there are only two kinds of relationship between men and women – one based on love and other based on money. “I am not a Zen Buddhist or magician. Some of my movies may reflect the ideologies of Zen Buddhism. In the material world, beauty is sold for a price. But, my focus is to convey the humanitarian values and I respect all religion,” says Kim Ki Duk, while interacting with media persons here on Wednesday.
He was awestruck by the warm reception from movie buffs and people in Kerala. “I was out for a walk in the morning and being a first-timer here was overwhelmed by the response of the people.
People were seen waving at me even from buses and cars. My movies are being screened at IFFK since 2005 but I came to know about Kerala after attending the International Film Festival of India at Goa. Kerala is a beautiful place,” says Kim Ki-Duk – who will be the chief guest for the closing ceremony of IFFK 2013.
In reply to a question on whether he will make Kerala as a location for his movie, Kim said that every place with people is a location for him. Almost all his films were screened at the IFFK and his ‘Spring, Summer....’ is considered to be one of the most loved IFFK films.