Director: Ki-duk KIM
Production Year: Korea, Japan 2015
Awards and Festivals:
- Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, 2015
- Busan International Film Festival, 2015
NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE
Underpinned by the veteran filmmaker’s ‘statement against human errors made to nature,’ “STOP” depicts a story of a young couple Sabu and Miki, who move to Tokyo from their home within the ‘danger zone’ following the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan. The beginnings of their new life is marked by the discovery of Miki’s pregnancy, causing fears that their newborn may be affected by the exposure to radiation. Miki believes the right decision is to get an abortion, but Sabu tries to convince her otherwise. In the meantime, blaming the dependency on electricity for the nuclear meltdown in the first place, Sabu meets Take and together they initiate a plan to cut off power flowing into the city.
Kim Ki-duk is one of Korea’s most provocative and controversial master filmmakers. Although “STOP” lacks Kim’s trademark explicit sex and violence, it is no less a shocking film. Adding to the raw and desperate atmosphere of this drama, Kim shot this film with a bare-bones crew and budget. In addition to writing and directing the film, he was also the cameraman, editor, and producer. This North American premiere screening will be a rare opportunity to see this unique film, as it is currently not scheduled for release in Korea. - Carter Bruce
After studying art in Paris, Ki-duk Kim returned to Korea to begin his career as a screenwriter. He made his directorial debut with a low-budget movie, "CROCODILE", in 1996. Since then, Kim has been hailed by both critics and audiences for his hard-to-express characters, shocking visuals, and unprecedented messages. He continued on making internationally acclaimed films such as "SAMARITAN GIRL" (winner of the Silver Bear award for Best Direction in Berlin, 2004); "3-IRON" (Winner of the Silver Lion award for Best Direction in Venice, 2004); "ARIRANG" (winner of the Un Certain Regard Prize in Cannes, 2011); and "PIETA" (winner of the Gold Lion award for Best Film at Venice, 2012). His latest film, "ONE ON ONE", was screened in Venice as the opening film of the 11th Venice Days in 2014.