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Revised RomanizationBin-jip
Directed byKim Ki-duk
Produced byKim Ki-duk
Written byKim Ki-duk
StarringJae Hee
Lee Seung-yeon
Music bySLVIAN
Distributed byBig Blue Film
Release date
  • October 15, 2004 (2004-10-15)
Running time
88 minutes
CountrySouth Korea
Box officeUS$3 million[1][2]

3-Iron (Hangul빈집; RRBin-jip; lit. "Empty House") is a 2004 South Korean romantic drama 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] The title comes from a type of golf club used prominently in the film.


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 while usually playing "Gafsa" by Natacha Atlas on their CD player. 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 begins 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 of 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.


Film review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reported that 87% of reviewers (75 out of 87) gave 3-Iron positive reviews, with an average score of 7.4/10.[4] The film also holds a 72/100 on Metacritic.[5] It grossed $241,914 in North America and $2,965,315 worldwide.


Year Film festival Category Result
2004 2004 Venice International Film Festival Best Director Award
FIPRESCI Best Film Award Won
Little Golden Lion Award Won
SIGNIS Award Won
Golden Lion Award Nominated
Valladolid Film Festival Golden Spike Award (Best Film) Won
Busan International Film Festival Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema Won
2005 David di Donatello Awards Nominated
Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists Silver Ribbon Award Nominated
San Sebastián International Film Festival FIPRESCI Film of the Year Won
2006 Belgian Syndicate of Cinema Critics Grand Prix Won[6]
Blue Dragon Film Awards[7]
2004 Blue Dragon Film Awards Best New Actor - Jae Hee Won
Best Director - Kim Ki-duk Nominated
Korean Film Awards
2004 Korean Film Awards Best Film Nominated
Best Director - Kim Ki-duk Nominated
Best Screenplay - Kim Ki-duk Nominated
41st Paeksang Arts Awards
2005 41st Paeksang Arts Awards Best Film Nominated
Best Director - Kim Ki-duk Nominated
Best New Actor - Jae Hee Nominated

See also[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". Metacritic. Retrieved November 6, 2016.
  6. ^ "Kim Ki-duk, Grand Prix de l'UCC". La Libre Belgique (in French). January 9, 2006. Retrieved October 21, 2012.
  7. ^ 3-iron

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