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빈집 3-Iron


Here is the description from the american release of 3-Iron. The description goes into detail about the film, but quite frankly, even if you read it, you're still in for a pleasant surprise with this film. It lingers long after you've watched it. For those who are fans of Jae Hee from Delightful Girl Chunhyang, you'll be amazed at his performance. Kim Ki-duk is probably one of Korea's most controversial directors. He's been in the news recently for insulting korean audiences and their movie habits. You either love his films or you don't. However, this film is a departure from his other topics. He also directed Summer, Spring, Winter and Fall. Another film that is available on a region 1 disk. I highly recommend both films.

Internationally acclaimed Korean writer-director Ki-duk Kim (SPRING, SUMMER, FALL, WINTER... AND SPRING) has created a masterful, wholly original drama with 3-IRON, which follows the trials and tribulations of an odd young man, Tae-suk (Hee Jae), class reveal Image class spoiler who spends his days putting flyers on people's doors just so he can check who hasn't taken them down after a day or two; believing those families to be away, he breaks into their homes and settles in for a while, cooking, cleaning, watching television, and sleeping, all done with an intoxicating charm. But one day he is caught by a troubled young woman, Sun-hwa (Seung-yeon Lee), whose husband, Min-kyu (Hyuk-ho Kwon), abuses her mentally and physically; when the husband returns home, Tae-suk uses the man's 3-iron to hit golf balls at him. Sun-hwa then goes off with Tae-suk, joining him on his journey to empty houses, where they pretend to be part of the vacationing family. But when they walk into an apartment and find a man dead, their world changes despite their attempts to protect it. It's at that point that director Kim really starts having fun. 3-IRON is an intense, enjoyable, mystical film filled with subtlety and tenderness. That is especially surprising since the two main characters, who find solace in each other's company, never speak a word.

"The movie camera is able to make the impossible look natural and the ordinary seem strange....Mr. Kim is a master of such estrangement, and 3-IRON is a teasing, self-conscious and curiously heartfelt demonstration of his mischievous formal ingenuity." - A. O., Scott (New York Times Critic), New York Times, 04/29/2005

"Alternately witty, caustic, tender and endlessly imaginative and unpredictable, this latest film from one of Korea's most idiosyncratic and prolific directors is as confident as its resourceful hero, Tae-suk." - Kevin, Thomas (Film critic), Los Angeles Times, 04/29/2005

"3-IRON is like a Raymond Carver story that slowly, inexorably takes on the dimensions of a ghostly fairy tale." - Owen, Gleiberman (Entertainment Weekly Critic), Entertainment Weekly, 05/13/2005

"[T]his offbeat little charmer ends with a reality-blurring supernatural twist that hangs in the air like a kiss." - Stephen, Dalton (Uncut Critic), Uncut, 08/01/2005

"[T]his multi-layered love story rings true with sweetness..." - Marie, Iida (Premiere Critic), Premiere, 10/01/2005

"[A] deliberately paced, hypnotic drama....[With] a beguiling effect." - Matthew, Leyland (Film Critic), Sight and Sound, 03/01/2006

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3 Iron is a film that floats like a dream. I found myself sitting in a harmonic bliss with anticipation for what is to come. It takes great skill to tell a story with out words and Ki-Duk Kim shows how he is a master in his field. These two characters(Tae-suk and Sun-hwa) show us a way of life that most people take for granted.

I recommend this movie to anyone who wants to take a vacation into artistic cinematography. Once the film is over you will find yourself rebooking for another trip.

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Fantastic review! I couldn't agree more. It's one of my favorite korean films.

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Thanks for recommending this film. I watched it and loved it! It's so subtle that it's mesmerizing -- makes most of Korean television seem contrived and over-acted. Considering that its theme is alienation (I think...), it's remarkably positive. And I really appreciated the lack of sexual content (a few nude photos), and the limited violence (necessary to the plot, but kept specific and creative -- there's a reason for the title!). An American director probably would have been unable to resist the temptation to "go there", and while there were some natural places for more sex and violence, they would have distracted from the story. It wouldn't really "spoil" things for you, but I'll cover this in case you want to go into the film completely "blind": class reveal Image class spoiler it's amazing how you don't really miss the verbal communication between the leads; they communicate so fully without words. Jae Hee (Lee Hyun Kyun) as "The Man" is fabulous -- and adorable. I wasn't sure about Lee Seung Yeon as "The Woman" at first, but she converted me. And if you just must know about the ending: class reveal Image class spoiler It's weird, but very up-beat. This would make a great "date movie", in my estimation.

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3-Iron is showing during Directors Month (October 2007) on AZN TV.



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