AKA: Naneun Sseulegida, I Am Garbage
Directed by: Lee Sang-woo
Starring: Lee Sang-woo (Sang-woo), Kwan Bum-tack (Father), Yang Myoung-hoen (Sang-tae), Park Hyung-bin (Sang-goo)
Country: South Korea; Effed Up Asian Films
Language: Korean; Effed Up Korean Cinema
Genres: Siblings-Family, Gay-related, Old-Young, Rape-Sexual-Violence against Men, Rape-Sexual-Violence against Women, Gore-Gruesome, Dolls-Mannequins
Plot – Spoilers:
A sweeper, Sang-woo, returns wearily home having just been bullied by random teenagers and all he can think of is getting his younger brother to masturbate. Not because he’s incestuous, but because he cares. Their father is a hyper sexual man who’s been locked up in jail for the last ten years for brutally raping an 8-year-old. And Sang-woo is worried his brother carries some of those genes and hopes he can get him to vent regularly in the safety of their cramped home.
There’s another brother in the military who enjoys forced sex with other men. And so, Sang-woo, who seems like the only one in the family with some control over his dick, tries his best to keep things at home legal. Sang-woo is servile at work or when he’s trying to protect his siblings, but there’s a quiet menace about him simmering below it all. Then Dad turns up, having done his time, but unreformed – one of the first things he does while returning home is to stop by a bus-stop to sniff young girls waiting there. Meanwhile, waiting patiently for him, is the father of the girl he raped.
The final act in Lee Sang-woo’s Bad Family Trilogy is suitably fucked up and it wouldn’t be a stretch to say the trilogy attains its crescendo here.