3-Iron

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3-Iron
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Hangul
Revised Romanization Bin-jip
McCune–Reischauer Pin-jip
Directed by Kim Ki-duk
Produced by Kim Ki-duk
Written by Kim Ki-duk
Starring Jae Hee
Lee Seung-yeon
Music by Selvian
Production
  company
Kim Ki-duk Film
Cineclick Asia
Distributed by Big Blue Film
Release date(s)
  • October 15, 2004 (2004-10-15)
Running time 88 minutes
Country South Korea
Japan
Language Korean
Box office $2,965,315[1][2]

3-Iron (Hangul: 빈집; RR: Bin-jip; lit. "Empty House") is a 2004 Korean film directed by Kim Ki-duk. The plot revolves around the relationship between a young drifter and an abused housewife. The film is notable for the lack of dialogue between its two main characters.[3]

Plot[edit]

Tae-suk (Jae Hee) is a loner who drives around on his motorbike, taping takeout menus over the keyholes of front doors and breaking into apartments where the menus have not been removed. He lives in those apartments while their owners are away, washing their clothes and mending their broken appliances. When he breaks into one large home, he is unaware that he is being watched by an abused housewife Sun-hwa (Lee Seung-yeon). Tae-suk leaves after making eye contact with Sun-hwa, but then returns. He witnesses Sun-hwa's husband abusing her and proceeds to catch his attention by practicing golf in the yard. He hits Sun-hwa's husband with golf balls and then leaves with Sun-hwa.

The couple begin a silent relationship, moving from one apartment to another. At one home, after drinking, they are caught by the returning owners, sleeping in their bed and wearing their pajamas. They also get into trouble with the law when they break into the home of an elderly man who died alone. They proceed to give him a proper burial. When the man's son and daughter-in-law arrive at the apartment, they assume that Tae-suk and Sun-hwa killed him. The couple is interrogated by police, but remain steadfastly silent. An investigation reveals that nothing was stolen from any of the houses and the old man died of lung cancer. Sun-hwa's husband arrives to take her home, and bribes the policeman in charge of the investigation to allow him to strike Tae-suk with golf balls. Tae-suk ends up attacking the police officer and is sent to jail. There, he practices golf with an imaginary club and balls and develops his gifts for stealth and concealment, frustrating his jailers by remaining out sight.

After being released from prison, Tae-suk rejoins Sun-hwa in her house, using his skills to evade her husband's detection: standing behind the man and moving as he turns, even kissing Sun-hwa over her husband's shoulder (as seen in the poster). Sun-hwa appears to say "I love you" to her husband, but reaches out for Tae-suk. The husband leaves on another business trip, after which Sun-hwa and Tae-suk embrace.

Reception[edit]

Film review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reported that 86% of reviewers (75 out of 87) gave the film positive ratings with an average score of 7.4.[4] The film grossed $241,914 in North America and $2,965,315 worldwide.

Accolades[edit]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "3-Iron". Boxofficemojo. Retrieved March 04, 2012.
  2. ^ "3-Iron French Gross"
  3. ^ Beyond Hollywood - 3-Iron review
  4. ^ 3-Iron Rotten Tomatoes
  5. ^ 3-iron
  6. ^ "Kim Ki-duk, Grand Prix de l'UCC". La Libre Belgique (in French). January 9, 2006. Retrieved October 21, 2012. 

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