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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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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 »

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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 »

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Soundtracks

Gafsa
Written by Atlas, Reynolds, Adams
Performed by Natacha Atlas
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User Reviews

 
Originality in abundance
26 July 2005 | by fertilecelluloidSee all my reviews

Originality is a rare commodity at any time, but it is in abundance in Kim ki-Duk's 3-IRON. The title refers to a golf club that is used to drive a ball long distances. In this case, the balls are, ultimately, driven into people with painful results.

A drifter who lives in temporarily vacated houses and apartments repays the owners by repairing appliances and watering plants. He meets a sad, abused woman and a non-verbal connection grows.

The magic is in the detail and the extraordinary cinematic clarity of Kim's style. There is the explosive violence that characterized his early films, but this entry is primarily an engaging character study with an existential bent.

What's truly original is the director's adherence to the way he presents his material. The style is consistent throughout and dialogue is mostly superfluous.

This has more in common with SPRING, SUMMER, FALL, WINTER...THEN SPRING AGAIN than THE ISLE, ADDRESS UNKNOWN or BAD GUY. Though I enjoyed the material, any subtler and Kim might begin to lose the edge that distinguishes him.

Tonally, the film reminded me of aspects of OLD BOY.


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