Part 1

With five features to his name, South Korean auteur Bong Joon-ho’s directorial quirks can be easily discerned: sudden tonal shifts, stinging social commentary and a penchant for morbid humor. Incoherence, a four-part university film, arrived with the same bite that would go on to characterize Joon-ho’s later work–beginning with the tongue-in-cheek text that precedes Episode 1 and ending on a note of bitter irony in its epilogue. The film concerns three men–with no apparent linkage until the last segment–who find themselves caught up in compromising situations: a professor runs frantic to conceal a porno mag from one of his students; a man on a jog offers someone else’s milk to the newspaper boy, leading to a shaky-cam chase down the alleyways; a drunk goes on a nocturnal search for the restroom, ending in him defecating on public property in front of the guards. Each of the men, as we find out, lead hypocritical professional lives, suggesting the people who occupy a moral high-ground, the “experts” in charge, have the same capacity and drive for the baseness they so vehemently oppose.

Part 2

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