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STAR RATINGS EXPLAINED
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Excellent 4 Stars
Good 3 Stars
Poor 2 Stars
Tragic 1 Star

FILM DETAILS
Certificate
15
Cast
Lee Seung-Yeon
Jae Hee
Kwon Hyuk-Ho .
Directors
Kim Ki-duk.
Screenwriters
Running Time
88 minutes

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3-Iron


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Plot
A benign squatter of temporarily absent homes comes upon an abused housewife on one of his break-ins and they start a silent love affair.


Review
This allegorical love story from rising Korean directorial star Kim Ki Duk involves friendly Korean footpad (Jae Hee) breaking into holidaying folks’ houses and staying there a while repairing things, leaving no trace of his presence when he leaves.


On one such benign break-in, he’s discovered by abused housewife Lee Seung-Yeon, and an unusual, tender and pleasantly played (though entirely wordless) love affair develops. She joins his nomadic existence, before the pair are apprehended and the film takes an ethereal turn.


Beguiling to the point of bafflement — the golfing metaphor is simply pie-in-the-sky — 3-Iron’s brand of evocative magic-realism hints at a tightly wound ball of meaning, but is a bitch to untangle. The dreamy atmosphere of romance and longing is beautifully created, however, and makes for an engrossing, if demandingly obscure, watch.


Verdict
A compelling, if obscure, experience with evocative scene-setting and dreamy atmosphere


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An Exceptional Film

WARNING: CONTAINS MILD SPOILERS Kim Ki-Duk is one of my favourite Asian directors and if you watch this film, you will see why. His eye for film making is incredible, blending realism and surrealism. THE PLOT: Tae-suk (Lee Hyun-kyoon), a squatter, accidently comes across a beaten wife named Sun-hwa (Lee Seung-yeon) whilst temporarily living in her home. They travel together and start an affair. THE REVIEW: This was the second film I had seen by Korean director, Kim Ki-Duk (the first one... More

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