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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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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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Crime | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some sexual content | See all certifications »

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15 October 2004 (South Korea)  »

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3-Iron  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$20,084, 1 May 2005, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$238,507, 14 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 »

Crazy Credits

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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Soundtracks

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Written by Atlas, Reynolds, Adams
Performed by Natacha Atlas
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A pleasant surprise: great movie
18 January 2005 | by See all my reviews

I must say that in general I am quite skeptical about Asian movies: I usually find them horrendously boring in the best case, and obnoxiously weird in the worst. In particular the last one, 2046, kept me agonizing in the theater while unconnected images -even though wheel shot and poetical- ran through the screen, so I was pretty scared when I entered the theater this time. Especially after a friend of mine told me it was a dramatic/romantic movie with almost no dialogs. Instead, i was surprised by how charming, touching and pleasant is this movie. The plot is about a guy who enters in empty houses and puts them in order, repairs things, does the washing (manually) and stuff like this. The photography is absolutely awesome and added to the skill of the actors supplies to the almost complete absence of dialogs. We assist to this platonic form of platonic love between the protagonists, while they live their absurd lives as they were the most normal people in the world. The end is a bit mystical and gives a lot of meaning to a movie that could seem nonsense. 9/10


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