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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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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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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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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)  »

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3-Iron  »

Box Office

Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

€59,000 (Italy) (6 December 2004)

Gross:

$238,507 (USA) (14 August 2005)
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Trivia

Director Kim ki-Duk wrote the screenplay of the movie in one month, the movie was filmed in 16 days and the film editing was done in 10 days. 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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Performed by Natacha Atlas
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Try a little tenderness...
26 January 2005 | by (Brussels, Belgium) – See all my reviews

Watched it two times the past week. In a nutshell - I dare anyone to find a film that is more sober and so light and that at the same time fills you with a deep warmth an and all encompassing feeling of great tenderness. Really.

Its story is of such unbelievable simplicity that at the first sight of such a script you'd wonder how on earth it would be possible to make it into a film - or tell anything with it that goes beyond the script. Add to this the fact that any dialogue almost entirely fails to manifest itself...

But then you forget about Kim Ki-duk! If anyone was born with the eye of the cinematographic magician, it must be him. Despite the fact that I did not like The Isle at all, the photography was utterly unbelievable. Same for Spring, Summer... But then I still thought "well, anyone with reasonable skill can get a good image out of such landscapes/spaces". But none of that here - mainly indoors or in the city - just a guy spending his nights at other unknown people's places while they're away, and in turn repairs stuff and cleans/does the laundry. And STILL the images are nothing less than breathtaking. The light is superb, the framing, everything... Also the storytelling... pacing is perfect - he tells the story with images more than with events. The film actually becomes light as feather, and then lighter. Sublimation. And besides that, he manages to squeeze in some real drama and the occasional laugh. Go figure.

I'm gonna quit here, there's really nothing much more I can add. Do yourself a favour and see this inconspicuous little film that is so profoundly simple and beautiful that you'll be wanting to send me a thank you note afterwards for telling you this.


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