3-Iron (Bin-jip)

Language - Korean
Genre - Romance, Drama
**ing - Seung-yeon Lee, Hyun-kyoon Lee and Hyuk-ho Kwon
Release - 2004


Over the years, the talented young director Kim Ki-duk has vowed international audiences with his idiosyncratic and spiritual 'art-house' creations that has left the mainstream audiences baffled but has vowed critics, juries at international film festivals and connoisseurs of art-house movies. Written and Directed by Kim Ki-duk, 3-Iron (Bin-jip) is a poignant and evocative love story presented with a quirky, surreal yet believable theme. The movie is refreshingly unique in it's presentation as the lead stars do not speak a single word of dialogue through the entire movie. But this never prevents the viewer from doubting their emotions as they gradually and 'wordlessly' fall in love.
 3-Iron (Bin-jip) was extremely popular due to it's unique presentation at the 2004 Venice Film Festival where it won a number of awards, including a FIPRESCI Prize for Kim Ki-duk. It also won a Golden Spike award for Best Film at the 2004 Valladolid Film Festival.

As interesting as the presentation is the premise of 3-Iron (Bin-jip).  Tae-suk (Hyun-kyoon Lee) leads a nomadic existence as he moves from house to house (breaking in when the occupants are away on a vacation). But his intention is not to steal. On the contrary, during his stay, he cooks meals and watches TV, and also fixes their leaking faucets, does their laundry and repairs their broken items. During one such intrusion in a house he assumes to be vacant, he comes across a abused wife Sun-hwa (Lee Seung-yeon). 

As Tae-suk and Sun-hwa become aware of each others presence but pretend not to acknowledge it. As they follow each other around, they realize a emotional connection and gradually fall for each other. Kim Ki-duk never tries to make you intellectually involved, but hypnotizes you with the simplicity and tranquil beauty of silent movements. Like Kim Ki-duk's previous effort Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter and Spring, 3-Iron (Bin-jip) is spiritual in it's ethereal sentimentality. Undoubtedly one of the finest movies from Kim Ki-Duk's oeuvre.


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