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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
15 wins & 9 nominations. See more awards »

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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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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 »

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 »

Connections

Referenced in Hoverboard (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

Gafsa
Written by Atlas, Reynolds, Adams
Performed by Natacha Atlas
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Stick with me here..
27 May 2005 | by smakawhatSee 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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Country:

South Korea | Japan

Language:

Korean

Release Date:

15 October 2004 (South Korea) See more »

Also Known As:

3-Iron See more »

Filming Locations:

Seoul, South Korea

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$20,084, 1 May 2005

Gross USA:

$241,914

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,403,957
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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