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3-Iron (2004)
"Bin-jip" (original title)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama, Romance  |  15 October 2004 (South Korea)
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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

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Rated R for some sexual content | See all certifications »

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15 October 2004 (South Korea)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$12,968 (Chile) (16 June 2006)
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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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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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Stick with me here..
27 May 2005 | by (Washington, DC) – See all my reviews

Having witnessed Kim ki Duk's masterpiece in the past "Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter and Spring", I was eagerly interested in this well received next venture.

3 Iron, is very similar in style to Spring Summer, there is very little dialogue, and the story tells itself. However, I had to admit that after about 65% of viewing this film, admiring the characters, I was still kind of wondering if this film was going to go somewhere. It had to make some direction. Only the last 3rd brought me back and really showed me how ingenious this film is.

The lead actor Hee Jae really performs one of the most memorable performances, with hardly saying a word, his arching brows or glare in his face conveys every emotion masterfully compared to other actors who would have to say a million lines. I won't go over plot details that have already been discussed, what is interesting is that all the houses the two break into are all of couples in some stage in a relationship, one breaking down, one that is well established and peaceful, one that is young and virile, but perhaps inexperienced.

It all seems to be a metaphor for how two beings meet to co-exist and compliment each other, particularly the final scene that ends with the two anti-heroes meeting up and finding their lives in perhaps perfect balance.

Be patient with this film, STICK with it, it's well worth it. Extremely dreamy and poetic and masterful.

Rating 8 out of 10


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