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3-Iron (2004)

Bin-jip (original title)
A transient young man breaks into empty homes to partake of the vacationing residents' lives for a few days.

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Cast

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Tae-suk (as Hee Jae)
Hyuk-ho Kwon ...
Min-gyu (husband)
Jeong-ho Choi ...
Jailor
Ju-seok Lee ...
Son of Old Man
Mi-suk Lee ...
Daughter-in-law of Old Man
Sung-hyuk Moon ...
Sung-hyuk
Ji-a Park ...
Jee-ah
Jae-yong Jang ...
Hyun-soo
Dah-hae Lee ...
Ji-eun
Han Kim ...
Man in Studio
Se-jin Park ...
Woman in Studio
Dong-jin Park ...
Detective Lee
Jong-su Lee ...
Man who Came Back from Family Trip
Ui-soo Lee ...
Woman who Came Back from Family Trip
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Storyline

The lonely and silent rider Tae-suk breaks in empty houses and lives a normal life while the owners are traveling. He does not steal anything and moves from house to house without any loss other than food, and he cleans the houses, provides small repairs or washes some clothes to pay for the hospitality. When he enters in the house of Sun-hwa, he does not see the woman that is wounded in her room after being beaten up on by her abusive husband Min-gyu Lee. Tae-suk helps the hurt woman and when Min-gyu returns, he hits the husband with golf balls and Sun-hwa leaves her husband with Tae-suk on his motorcycle. When they break in the house of an old man, they find that the man is dead and Tae-suk provides funeral service for him. However, his son returns and Tae-suk and Sun-hwa are arrested by two abusive police detectives. He is sent to prison and Sun-hwa is forced to return home. But she never forgets him. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Genres:

Crime | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some sexual content | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

15 October 2004 (South Korea)  »

Also Known As:

3-Iron  »

Box Office

Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$20,084 (USA) (29 April 2005)

Gross:

$238,507 (USA) (12 August 2005)
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Trivia

Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider. See more »

Goofs

His boxer-type BMW motorcycle, which has two cylinders, is dubbed with the sound of a four cylinder engine. See more »

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A quote showing before the end credits: "It's hard to tell that the world we live in is either a reality or a dream." See more »

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Written by Atlas, Reynolds, Adams
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User Reviews

 
A movie with few words but much meaning
12 September 2005 | by (Guelph) – See all my reviews

Yet another movie with few words but much meaning. The few Korean movies I have seen have been very fresh and interesting and this one is best yet.

There were many themes and symbols all blended together in a lovely way. And the slow, silent courtship of Sun-hwa and Tae-suk was quiet and touching. The way they interacted ... the way she expressed herself with simple gestures like standing in front of the ball ... It makes other romances seem like a loud racket.

I especially liked the scene with the scale at the end where together they both weighed nothing. A truly wonderful metaphor for love.

That this movie is rated R is very telling ....

This movie did have a lot of product placements and was so corporate and anti-corporate at the same time. It really confused me. Korea must be an interesting place to make movies.


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