Movie Review: 3-Iron (2004)

By Janak Samtani

Film: “3-Iron”

Director: “Kim Ki-duk”

Language: “Korean”

Tae-suk moves into a different home every night. He very skillfully locates vacant residences and then moves in temporarily. He does not steal anything, but for one night lives in the residence as it was his own. And in return, he does their laundry, fixes their broken appliances and quietly leaves. Tae-suk’s calmness and lack of fear hints that this means routine and that he has been on the move for a very long time.

On one such day, Tae-suk is present at a home, but unaware that he is not by himself. Sun-hwa, a battered wife and living in a failed marriage, has seen Tae-suk in her home. She does not make a sound, but continues to notice Tae-suk go about wash the clothes, dry them and then go out in the lawn and play golf. She had already endured enough from her husband to fear any more from Tae-suk’s presence. Though his actions appeared to be very strange, but his intentions definitely appeared harmless. It is much later in the day when she brings herself forward, seeing which Tae-suk leaves, not without noticing Sun-hwa’s marks from the abuse. Tae-suk returns in a very short while to find out and then interrupt Sun-hwa’s husband from the further abuse of his wife. Sun-hwa discovered courage & support from Tae-suk’s action and leaves her husband and the lavish home behind.

Sun-hwa becomes part of Tae-suk’s urban nomadic life pattern. She accompanies him and starts returning the favor to the home-owners the way Taw-suk would do. There is a strange bond of accompaniment and support between the two, which from the start does not show any signs of being momentary. But, it just falls apart when they enter an apartment to find the owner lying dead in blood, making it a police matter.
See the film to find out if now Tae-suk & Sun-hwa have any future – individually or together.
3-Iron is directed by Kim Ki-duk, the director of the acclaimed film – “Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter…and Spring“, who has very craftily and with incredible fineness shown that in silence there can be solitude & sorrow; and there can also be understanding & determination.
This film is a must watch.

11 Responses to “Movie Review: 3-Iron (2004)”

  1. 1 Raghav
    March 18, 2010 at 06:06

    One time my headphones were not working, I saw this flick then. I didn’t miss anything as they hardly speak in this one πŸ˜›

    I like Asian, esp. Korean flicks.

    Check these:

    The Classic
    Taegukgi – The Brotherhood of War
    Hur Jin-ho – Palwolui Christmas (aka Christmas in August)
    Tom yum goong

    and the usual populars, Shutter, My sassy girl,Windstruck,some more I can’t recall


  2. March 18, 2010 at 06:17

    Yeah, the poster tells me they didn’t have much to discuss. πŸ˜›


  3. March 18, 2010 at 08:24

    Sorry, the poster says they might have indulged in some pillow talk.


  4. March 18, 2010 at 09:54

    have to catch up on lots of other movies before I come down to this one..


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  7. 11 innerwille
    March 21, 2010 at 10:23

    yeah saw this movie a year ago and I just loved it! one of my absolute favourites!!


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