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Moebius is a 2013 South Korean horror drama film written and directed by Kim Ki-duk. It was screened out of competition at the 70th Venice International Film Festival.[1][2] It was initially banned in South Korea, before the Korea Media Rating Board reviewed the film and changed the rating.[3][4][5][6]

Moebius(2013) poster.jpg
Film poster
Directed byKim Ki-duk
Written byKim Ki-duk
StarringCho Jae-hyun
Release date
  • 3 September 2013 (2013-09-03) (Venice)
  • 5 September 2013 (2013-09-05) (South Korea)
Running time
90 minutes
CountrySouth Korea




In 2017 an anonymous actress came forward with allegations that she had been assaulted by Kim on the set of the film. She claimed that he had hit her several times before pressuring her to participate in a sex scene she had not previously agreed to and had quit the film and been replaced by Lee Eun-woo.[7]

Critical responseEdit

Andrew Chan of the Film Critics Circle of Australia writes, "To call Moebius daring is actually an understatement, as it is more than that, it is a film that will haunt you, lingers with you and perhaps disturb you till you never think about it again".[8]


The film screened in April 2014 at the Stanley Film Festival and in November 2014 at the London Korean Film Festival.


  1. ^ "Out of Competition". labiennale. Archived from the original on 28 July 2013. Retrieved 27 July 2013.
  2. ^ "Venice film festival 2013: the full line-up". The Guardian. London. 25 July 2013. Retrieved 27 July 2013.
  3. ^ "Korean Censors Lower Rating on Controversial Movie". Scene Asia. Retrieved 15 August 2013.
  4. ^ "Not Coming To Screens Any Time Soon: Kim Ki-duk's Moebius Effectively Banned In Korea". Twitch. Archived from the original on 13 August 2013. Retrieved 15 August 2013.
  5. ^ "Moebius cleared for release with cuts". Screen Daily. Retrieved 15 August 2013.
  6. ^ "Kim Ki-duk's 'Moebius' Due Out in Early September". Chosun. Retrieved 15 August 2013.
  7. ^ Hyo-won, Lee. "South Korean Director Kim Ki-duk Sued for Alleged Violence on Set, Adding Unscripted Sex Scene". Retrieved 3 August 2017.
  8. ^ Andrew Chan (29 October 2013). "Moebius". HK Neo Reviews.

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