Not all filmmakers choose to keep their audience pleasantly enthralled by the events on the screen. Some prefer to offer jarring and unorthodox components to drive the viewer into an uncomfortable zone that breeds further discussion after the credits roll. The following films are, without a doubt, some of the most convoluted and artistically daring stories that offer a look into the minds of filmmakers who are not afraid to push boundaries. Here are 11 films that will leave you speechless.
11. 'Moebius' (2013)
From Kim Ki-duk, a self-taught South Korean filmmaker, comes a story unlike anything ever seen on screen. Featuring no dialogue, Kim enjoys tantalizing his audience with the complicated relationship that exists between a son, a mother and an unfaithful father. The trailer warns, "Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned," and for good reason.
Stemming from an illicit affair between the father and his mistress, the mother takes it upon herself to exact revenge on her husband by committing an unspeakable act of violence on her son. Rocks and knives will never be seen the same way ever again.
10. 'I'm A Cyborg, But That's OK' (2006)
A film starring K-pop singer Rain and actress Im Soo-jung, I'm A Cyborg, But That's OK tells the story of a young woman who strongly believes she's a cyborg. When she checks herself into a mental hospital, she starts to fall in love with a man who constantly wears a handmade rabbit mask and suffers from anti-social behavior.
The film is a love story between two people unfit to take care of themselves, but more than capable to take care of each other. I'm A Cyborg, But That's Okay is a lighthearted romance that will leave audiences speechless with its sheer innocence and quirky imaginative scenes.
9. 'Being John Malkovich' (1999)
Making their feature film debut, director Spike Jonze and writer Charlie Kaufman, created a story that has since become a classic for the fantasy genre. With an amazingly talented cast, Being John Malkovich offers a look at what it'd be like to live inside someone else's skin. John Cusack, Cameron Diaz and Catherine Keener give outstanding performances as three individuals trying to make their fantasies a reality through the body of John Malkovich. Its fantastical narrative will enchant audiences and make them wish they could actually slip into the mind of one of the most iconic actors in Hollywood.
8. 'Frankenstein's Army' (2013)
When a group of Russian soldiers answer a distress call deep inside the German countryside, they encounter zombots (zombie robots), a mad Nazi scientist descendant of Victor Frankenstein, and more corpses than any sane man should see in his lifetime. A found-footage WWII horror epic, Frankenstein's Army is a film not to be missed. Using first-person camera angles and graphic action sequences, the film will drive audiences outside their comfort zone and into possible nightmare territory. Frankenstein's Army is not for the faint of heart.
7. 'Dumplings' (2004)
How far is a person willing to go to be young and beautiful? In Dumplings, a film directed by Fruit Chan, Mrs. Li seeks the help of a local chef called Mei to regain her youth. Mei, known to create a special batch of dumplings with unknown ingredients, agrees to help the aging woman. In Mrs. Li's eyes, youth is the answer to all of her problems because youth guarantees power. She wants to make her husband desire her again, to feel the envious glances of her friends, and use that confidence to feel like she used to when she was young. Filled with more than one taboo subject, Dumplings might not only leave audiences speechless, but a bit put off with Chinese food for quite some time.
6. 'Pietà' (2012)
Pietà, written and directed by Kim Ki-duk, is a gloomy picture about the hard truths that those who live in poverty have to face when they deal with loan sharks. Starring Lee Jung-jin as a loan shark's henchman, audiences meet a lonely man living day by day out of habit without a desire to live. When a mysterious woman claims to be his long lost mother, he immediately pushes her away and throws her out of his house countless times. Not taking no for an answer, this woman will pull at his barely-there heartstrings and force him to accept her, a decision that he will later regret. Pietà incorporates an unexpected twist at the end, providing no escape from Kim Ki-duk's introspective chisel poised to penetrate the soul of his audience.
5. 'Suicide Club' (2001)
Suicide Club is one of those films that one can't possibly be explained without serious analysis and numerous viewings. Told from the perspective of a detective hoping to solve the suicide of 54 schoolgirls, this insane plot only gets more confusing as the film runs its course. Using suicide as its focus, the film aims to critique the ways of modern Japanese society and its reliance on entertainment to provide any means of satisfaction. Sion Sono's Suicide Club will not entertain anyone who is not open-minded because this is the kind of film that is extremely outside of the realm of linear Hollywood cinema.
4. 'Exte: Hair Extensions' (2007)
When a young woman's hair won't stop growing, an elderly man steals her corpse and makes a business out of selling her hair as extensions. A plot like that doesn't sound as horrifying as the events that occur in the film. Sion Sono weaves a hair-raising tale of what happens when the extensions meant to lengthen people's hair actually contain the spirit of the person to whom it belonged.
Featuring Kill Bill actress Chiaki Kuriyama, Exte: Hair Extensions is a horror movie where hair is used to possess, kill and disfigure its wearers. Something so insane can only be pulled off by the Japanese director Sion Sono, and he does a wonderful job at it.
3. 'Get Out' (2017)
Jordan Peele may be known to some people as a comedian thanks to his comedy sketch show Key And Peele, but his directorial debut Get Out shows that he's more than a funny man. Finding inspiration from films like The Stepford Wives and Night Of The Living Dead, Get Out is an intellectual horror film with more psychological twists than you'd expect from a film that's also a comedy. Starring Daniel Kaluuya, Get Out criticizes the fetishization of African-American culture and also addresses the perpetual "Sunken Place" minorities live in — a place where no matter how loud one may scream, the system always finds a way to silence those voices.
2. 'Strange Circus' (2005)
Another film by Sion Sono, Strange Circus tells the story of an erotic novelist named Taeko who is wheelchair-bound and unable to erase the ghosts of her past. Filled with incest, abuse and murder, Strange Circus is a film that may be difficult to watch a second time. The Grand Guignol-style nightmares that Sono creates are too intense and may torment some viewers for several days. If audiences are not afraid of trippy films with twisted familial elements, then Sion Sono is the filmmaker to watch.
1. 'Oldboy' (2003)
A man imprisoned for 15 years is suddenly released and sent on a scavenger hunt to find the reason for his imprisonment. As the story unravels, one learns that Oh Dae-su, the protagonist, is going to pay a heavy price for his supposed crime with the worst kind of punishment. Starring one of Korea's most prolific actors, Choi Min-sik, and written and directed by Park Chan-Wook, Oldboy will render you speechless more than once. Without a doubt an all-time classic, Oldboy is hands-down one of the best revenge films out there and should be watched by every cinephile.
If I missed any films, let me know in the comments below. I'm excited to see what other crazy films I haven't watched yet.
(Source: Daily Beast)