23rd Annual Minneapolis - St. Paul International Film Festival



3-Iron (Contemporary World Cinema)
2004 - South Korea - 95 minutes

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DIRECTOR: KIM Ki-Duk
CAST: LEE Seung-yeon, JAE Hee, KWON Hyuk-ho

Tae-suk ambles around, seeking temporarily vacant homes. Inhabiting other people’s lives for a day or two at a time, he fixes their broken possessions, does their laundry, and records his visits with a digital camera. One of Tae-suk’s solitary excursions comes to a startling halt, however, when he discovers an occupant. She is Sun-hwa, a silent woman tormented by her abusive husband. Tae-suk sets out alone once more, but he can’t shake her beseeching eyes. The more he tries to forget her, the more the memory lingers. They soon begin a wordless courtship, but its fragile beauty shatters when Sun-hwa’s brutal husband returns. Upset, the two run away and steal into homes together. But when tragedy strikes, their shared universe crumbles, and they desperately grasp to their unspoken connection. Throughout this remarkable film, KIM utilizes silence and stunning camerawork to underscore the profound relationship between two souls that fit nowhere but with each other. KIM Ki-Duk, 44, sits atop South Korea’s ongoing filmmaking resurgence as one of its most visionary voices. KIM emerged from stints in factories and the military to discover cinema and subsequently created a series of films characterized by an unblinkingly perceptive view of human behavior and a powerfully lyrical visual imagination. His films include Wild Animals (’97), The Isle (’00), and last year’s Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter…and Spring. –EC

PRODUCER: KIM Ki-Duk
SCREENWRITER: KIM Ki-Duk
CINEMATOGRAPHER: JANG Seung-beck
EDITOR: KIM Ki-Duk
MUSIC: SLVIAN
SPECIAL INFO: Winner of Best Director and Fipresci for Best Film at the Venice Film Festival
PRINT SOURCE: Sony Pictures Classics

Wednesday, April 06 7:30pm Riverview Theater


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