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Korea, 2004 (MIFF 2005, Regional Focus)

Director: Kim Ki-Duk


The mesmerising 3-Iron, which won him the Best Director Award at the Venice Film Festival, again proves Kim Ki-duk deserves his reputation as one of the world's leading outsider filmmakers. Exemplifying Kim's rare ability to combine elegance, poetry and raw power in his filmmaking, 3-Iron - like his recent Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring (MIFF 04) - is a singular creative vision. Homeless Tae-suk lives like a phantom, temporarily squatting in houses he knows to be vacant. Never stealing or damaging his hosts' homes, he's like a kind ghost, helping out around the house, doing the laundry, making repairs, watering the plants. When he meets Sun-hwa, a living shadow who's been imprisoned in her life by an abusive husband, he's unable to remain anonymous. Bound by unseen ties, they go about forging their own strange future. Structured around a series of beautifully orchestrated metaphors, 3-Iron is a profound allegory about possession, the visible and invisible, and speech and silence. It's also one of Kim Ki-duk's best films. Contains scenes that may offend some viewers

D/S/P Kim Ki-Duk WS Cineclick Asia L Korean w/English subtitles TD 35mm/col/2004/85mins Kim Ki-Duk was born in Korea in 1960. His films include The Isle (MIFF 01), Crocodile (MIFF 02), Address Unknown (MIFF 02), Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring (MIFF 04).

See also...


South Korea, 2004
Samaritan Girl (Samaria) South KoreaWinner of the Silver Bear for Best Director at this year's Berlin Film Festival, Kim Ki-duk's 10th feature combines the darker-edged themes of his earlier films (B… More »


South Korea, 2004
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter' and Spring (Bom, Yeoreum, Gaeul, Gyeowool, Geurigo Bom) South Korea'spring, Summer, Fall, Winter' and Spring is an exquisitely simple movie. The film's lyrical plainness… More »


France/Korea, 2005
MIFF has enthusiastically flown the flag for South Korean cinema, championing such diverse and mind-altering work as MIFF guests Kim Ki-duk (retrospective in 2002), Park Chan-wook (Old Boy 2004), Im … More »


South Korea, 2006
A recent estimate in Korea claimed that 50 percent of the female population had opted for plastic surgery in their 20s. Considering this epidemic, MIFF favourite Kim Ki-duk's (Bad Guy, The Isle) la… More »


South Korea, 2007
Echoing his earlier works Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring and 3-Iron, filmmaker Kim Ki-duk once again looks to the passing seasons and the liberating possibilities of a taboo relationship.… More »

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