DVD Review - Voyage
Last year saw the release of Scud's sixth film, Utopians, which suggests a path for Scud that this film and his previous also intimate. Scud creates queer, erotic drama that fetishes the Asian body, both male and female, but he's particularly fascinated or perhaps worships the nude, Asian male. He walks a fine line where his work could veer into sexploitation territory. I would say that it also skirts the line of someone like David DeCoteau. Yet, there is no campiness here and the gratuitous nudity might not be as gratuitous as it appears.
Every time you see a naked person, particularly a full-frontal view of that naked person, it means that person is deceased or is about to be deceased. It's not sexual, which certainly sets this apart from other queer filmmakers, but it also sets this apart from Scud's other works like Utopians, which like the recent works of Alain Guiraudie, are practically pornographic. One might assume the same in the first, short film here.
That subject matter includes suicides, as well as mothers losing their sons. There is a slight, supernatural aspect to this film, as Scud flirts with the idea of ghosts and spirits. The idea at times stems from Chinese myths to the Aboriginal Australian ones, but it's merely flirtations. The idea doesn't take up the kind of conscious space, as it does in something like Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (2010) or Personal Shopper (2017). If anything, the idea is meant to reinforce perhaps a sense of faith in Scud or a belief in an afterlife that he may or may not have.
Not Rated but contains full-frontal, male nudity.
Running Time: 1 hr. and 40 mins.
Available on DVD/VOD on February 20.