A disappointing effort from my fest-fav Ki-Duk. The film centers around issues of self and self confidence, fueled by an interest in body modification through plastic surgery. The topic is certainly ripe for Ki-Duk’s masterful examination of the dark parts of the human psyche, but, despite its promise, the film feels quite tame, no more than an extended Nip/Tuck rather than a companion to his other more gripping works.
There remain a number of key visual elements that illustrate his craft, and there are a few memorable elements (the door to the doctor’s office for one is a very compelling piece of set design, along with the island of weird statues). Still, with the raised expectations brought from his last films it’s certainly a disappointment that the film doesn’t rise to the level I hoped for.