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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.

Director:

Ki-duk Kim

Writer:

Ki-duk Kim

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Cast

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

A young drifter enters strangers' houses - and lives - while owners are away. He spends a night or a day squatting in, repaying their unwitting hospitality by doing laundry or small repairs. His life changes when he runs into a beautiful woman in an affluent mansion who is ready to escape her unhappy, abusive marriage. Written by Russian29

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some sexual content | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

South Korea | Japan

Language:

Korean

Release Date:

15 October 2004 (South Korea) See more »

Also Known As:

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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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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An extraordinary film - lyrical 'say it with silence' by filmmaker Kim Ki-Duk
7 May 2005 | by ruby_fffSee all my reviews

The Korean film "3-Iron" has an extraordinary story - not the content 'Per Se' but its treatment, approach and delivery by producer-writer-director-editor Kim Ki-Duk. There are many quiet, speechless moments and scenes, yet they spoke volumes - almost the feel of Zen, meaningfully so. It's beyond what the society or people 'traditionally' may see or assume. Yes, there may be 'turn off's' and disapproving situations - can we, do we, have the heart to forgive? Are we so 'sacred' and impeccable without ever making mistakes in our lives? Yes, we may not be so bold and brash as to 'crash' into another man's house - yet the thought of the young man's 'reality' of being so simple 'matter of fact' walking into someone else's home is not so improbable? He actually appears to be a thoughtful person. He handles with care the content of the house. He picks up the clothes lying around the place, gathers them, hand-washes them, hangs them up, cleans up the place, literally enjoys the home environment (the bath, the kitchen, the food, the bed, etc.) The observant dilemma being he obviously appreciates the house/home more than the owners/occupants.

There is 'suspense' - we'd worry what will happen to him, to him and her, and as the worse fear may arise (just like any cops and robbers film), can true justice prevail after all? Just when you think you figured out what's going on, w-d Kim gives us something more to think about. Elements that we don't expect - we're in awe at the concept and perspective presented to us, the viewer. It's quite extraordinary, really. And be afraid not, it will be rewarding, satisfying somehow, and you just might savor that last moment of magic between the two lead characters, her and him. The strength of the two leads portraying to perfection at sublimated tempo by Lee Seung-Yeon (as Sun-Hwa the woman) and Jae Hee (as Tae-Suk the man) is truly a godsend (both in their debut performances).

Once again, bravo to Sony Pictures Classics for the choice distribution of this film. Check out the Official Site for Director's Statement and a detail synopsis (best to do this after seeing the film.) "Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter…and Spring" (2003) is another film by w-d Kim, exquisite in cinematic visual and integral in storyline experience. (For non-golfers, the title "3-Iron" refers to golf club.)


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