Friday 21 November 2008

3-Iron (Bin-Jip) [2004]

Controversial Korean director Kim Ki-Duk’s 3-Iron is a uniquely beautiful and an immensely contemplative movie. The movie is filled with deeply existential and philosophical undertones, thanks in large parts to its sparse dialogues, beautifully choreographed imagery, and the hauntingly surreal narrative. In fact, the two principal protagonists of the movie – a strangely psychotic drifter who surreptitiously moves in unoccupied houses only to spend some serene time and do some unexpected philanthropy, and a fragile and bruised married lady living a torturous existence under complete domination of her volatile husband – are never seen conversing with each other, and yet develop a profound, platonic relationship where eye glances, facial expressions and soft touches take the place of words. Despite being punctured with displays as well as implications of brutality and violence, the movie is filled with layers of symbolisms and a lingering sense of sadness where dreams and reality are juxtaposed to an extent where they remain hardly separable.

Director: Kim Ki-Duk
Genre: Drama/Romantic Drama/Psychological Drama
Language: Korean
Country: South Korea

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