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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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Genres:

Crime | Drama | Romance

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:

3-Iron See more »

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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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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 »

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Reality and Dream
3 August 2012 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

The lonely and silent rider Tae-suk (Hee Jae) 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 retribute the hospitality.

When he enters in the house of Sun-hwa (Seung-yeon Lee), he does not see the woman that is wounded in her room after being beaten up on by her abusive husband Min-gyu Lee (Hyuk-ho Kwon). 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 in 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.

"Bin-jip" is a subtle film about a lonely drifter and an abused wife that finds love, empathy and human warmth with him. The story is open to interpretation and here is mine (it is a spoiler – therefore if you have not watched the film yet, do not read):

Tae-suk is murdered by the prison guards when he leaves his cell, and Min-gyu Lee receives a phone call from the police telling that the youngster had been released as a sort of justification for his disappearance. Sun-hwa lives with the "ghost" of the free-spirited Tae-suk as a way to help her to survive to his marriage life.

Maybe I am too simplistic, but that is the way that I have understood this pleasant film. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "Casa Vazia" ("Empty House")


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