Cover: 3-Iron Rating: 6
Oct 22, 2007


Director:Ki-duk Kim
Writer:Ki-duk Kim
Producer:Yong-bae Choi, Ki-duk Kim, Michiko Suzuki
Studio:Sony Pictures
Awards:6 wins & 4 nominations
Sound:Dolby Digital 5.1
Aspect Ratio:1.85:1
Picture Format:Widescreen
Release:Sep 2005


Words really do get in the way in "3-Iron", a strange, poignant South Korean film from director Kim Ki-Duk ("Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring") in which the central character doesn't utter a single word. It's not explained why the puck never speaks, but it adds an element of mysticism to this love story that's at once humorous and disturbing. In this case, the knight in shining armor, Tae-Suk (Hee Jae) is a vagabond who supports himself by breaking into people's homes when they're on vacation. But rather than steal possessions, he cooks himself a meal, carefully washes the dishes, takes a bath, does their laundry, fixes anything broken, sleeps in their pajamas, and leaves each home spic and span. One day he trespasses on the home of a battered wife (Seung-yon Lee) who's still home. Fascinated, she leaves her husband and joins in his adventures, until one of their random break-ins gets them in trouble and the couple is forced apart.
Adding in a reliance on some stunning visuals, "3-Iron" does a good job filling itself out in a non-implicit way. In this case, compliments and banter aren't needed to tell you that the pair has found a bond that no one can wrest away from them. The ending may tickle suspended reality (it's either becoming supernatural or someone's a lot more nimble than we thought), but it's still a poetic conclusion to this twisted fairy tale. "--Ellen A. Kim"


Seung-yeon Lee ... Sun-hwa
Hyun-kyoon Lee ... Tae-suk (as Hee Jae)
Hyuk-ho Kwon ... Min-gyu (husband)
Jeong-ho Choi ... Jailor
Ju-seok Lee ... Son of Old Man
Mi-suk Lee ... Daughter-in-law of Old Man
Sung-hyuk Moon ... Sung-hyuk
Jee-ah Park ... Jee-ah
Jae-yong Jang ... Hyun-soo
Dah-hae Lee ... Ji-eun
Han Kim ... Man in Studio
Se-jin Park ... Woman in Studio
Dong-jin Park ... Detective Lee
Jong-su Lee ... Man who Came Back from Family Trip
Ui-soo Lee ... Woman who Came Back from Family Trip
Slvian ... composer
Seong-back Jang ... Cinematographer