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3-Iron [DVD]

Seung-Yeon Lee , Hyun-Kyoon Lee , Kim Ki Duk    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Seung-Yeon Lee, Hyun-Kyoon Lee, Hyuk-Ko Kwon
  • Directors: Kim Ki Duk
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Korean
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Studiocanal
  • DVD Release Date: 7 Nov 2005
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000B8TJ9O
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 54,214 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Korean romantic drama. Tae-suk (Hyun-kyoon Lee) is a young drifter who breaks into people's houses while they're away, repaying the owner's unwitting hospitality by doing their laundry or small repairs. Tae-suk's life changes though when he meets a beautiful woman in an affluent mansion who is desperate to escape her unhappy, abusive marriage.

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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A tiny epic of a raucously silent film 5 Sep 2005
I remembered Kim Ki-Duk from viewing Seom (The Isle) a few years back. I didn't particularly like the film, but it definately stuck in my head. So I wasn't expecting such great things from 3-Iron (a.k.a Binjip which means Empty House in Korean).
It's brilliantly directed, with strong fluid shots. It has a great soundtrack, full of mystery and ghostly appeal. The acting is practically flawless, and made even more accented due to both lead characters never exchanging spoken dialogue.
I have to say I love this film. The sweet & sour and yin & yang story line is just beautiful to watch and absorb. The film is full of symbols, and requires a second viewing to fully take it all in.
I think most people will either love this film or think it pretentious. The ending isn't so ambiguous as some of Kim Ki-Duks other films, but still leaves a lot to your imagination. It's my film of 2005.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A visual and sensual Korean treat 13 Dec 2005
By J. Goh
The minimalistic dialogue and mesmerising silence draw the audience to the superbly acted visual and sensual treat. It is quite an experience to be so deprived of sound and to let your eyes and imagination follow the slowly unfolding and unusual story. In turns poignant, humane, unpredictable, balletic and ultimately a love story I think.. I highly recommend it.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "And The Rest Is Silence..." 17 Feb 2010
The pleasure that my girlfriend and I both received from watching this film is almost impossible to describe. Because having also adored movies like "April Snow" & "Waiting In The Dark," we both share a deep passion for tense, atmospheric, emotional and virtually silent Asian cinema.

Of course, words like "Tense," "Atmospheric," "Emotive," "Passionate," "Heart-Rending," "Beautiful" & "Art" do not even begin to describe the glory of this film. And the only reason I can possibly imagine why a person might not like it would be if they were either too lazy or too ignorant to perceive what was happening in front of their eyes.

Throughout the whole course of the movie, the Hero never speaks once and the Heroine only speaks twice towards the end. You might think that the silence would somehow render this film bleak and amateurish. After all, why would anyone ever 'Choose' to make a virtually silent movie these days?

Simple... Because it "WORKS!!!"

The lead actors are both so incredibly talented, the story is so beautiful and the direction is so flawless that too much dialogue would almost utterly ruin this film. The new couple literally hold entire conversations without ever speaking a word. And their love for one another is so palpable that language would only ever get in the way.

Just as an informative side-note however, the original Korean title for this movie translates as "Empty House" which I honestly feel works much better.

Without a home of his own, a young man who delivers junk mail for a living literally spends the night in other people's homes.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed 29 Dec 2011
By gawayne
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"Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter......" is one of my top 5 films of all time so I was looking forward to this film by the same director and I was spurred on by good reviews on Amazon. However I was somewhat disappointed by a rather dull and pedestrian film. There was zero chemistry between the two main stars and the ending was rather muddled and implausible. Saying that it did have its good points and it was a clever touch to have the two main actors exchanging no dialogue whatsoever -though again rather implausible. I think for a fantasy to really succeed the implausible must seem to be plausible-but this film does not succeed at that level. It was a fairly good film but miles behind "Spring, Summer...." which is one of the most beautiful films I have ever seen. Maybe I should watch "3 Iron" again....Some films require more than one viewing.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Leave you cynicism outside 10 May 2009
This is by far the best Korean film I have seen, and one of the best films I've seen for quite some time. Reading the impossibly unfeasable plot would make you think that this is a gimmick of a film or just plain pretentious; it is neither.
The film unfolds at a gentle pace with almost no dialogue, it feels like a nature documentary at times. Tae-suk quietly breaks into houses empty of occupants and proceeds to enjoy blissful yet brief domesticity. His time relaxing in the bath or in front of the tv is counterbalanced with dull chores, chores which he accompishes with the inner peace of a monk. Our sympathy with the character happens because he actually fixes things and steals nothing. This strange routine is broken with the discovery of a battered housewife. Witnessing domestic problems draws in our hero from his previously quiet solitary life into something far more complicated and ambiguous. The film follows a wordless love story through the various parts of the city and subsequent brushes with her husband and the police.
I hate to use this term but it could be described as a 'magical realist' love story, or worse yet - a modern fairy tale. But it's a film that sweeps you along without the need for labels, and on closer reflection it makes you think. Despite the anonymous urban landscape the cinematography is beautiful and the music (one track in particular) is threaded through the film reflecting the continuing love story between the two silent protagonists.
I would recommend this film to anybody and everybody, even to those who don't like subtitles as there is almost no dialogue. My only tiny problem is the title which in Korean is 'Empty House' a more poetic title than 3 Iron.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Koreans again at there best.
Published 2 months ago by Marko
5.0 out of 5 stars beautiful film!
a must watch for international film lovers! moving and beautifully directed, a great film by anyone's standards. buy it now
Published on 6 Dec 2011 by talissa1987
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny and original, a personal favourite
There's very little dialogue in this film and next to none between the two main characters. Those who are put off by subtitles should take encouragement from that because the few... Read more
Published on 22 July 2011 by Polly on film
5.0 out of 5 stars Best film ever
I love this film, I don't quite know how to describe it, there is hardly any dialogue but you get so absorbed by the characters that you don't really notice that there isn't much... Read more
Published on 17 Aug 2010 by vic
5.0 out of 5 stars the genius of non stop silence
to use a lot of words in a review of this film would do the film a disservice

the young man in this story is a tad bit immoral - he steals into homes of vacationers to... Read more
Published on 8 Sep 2009 by J. A. Eyon
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
Kim Ki-duk is a master of minimalist film - check out 'The Bow' also. This is intelligent, funny, glorious....a TRUE movie - experience. Brilliantly acted. Read more
Published on 26 Oct 2008 by Mr. G. Sturdy
2.0 out of 5 stars This one escapes me
I yield to no-one in my admiration of Kim Ki-Duk, and "The Bow" The Bow [2005] is definitely one of the greatest movies in World Cinema, but this one, a comparatively conventional... Read more
Published on 14 Oct 2008 by Peter Scott-presland
5.0 out of 5 stars "Kim Ki-Duk Makes Silence Sing"
I'm not an Asian Movie Fan, but 3-Iron (Bin Jip) is a true masterpiece. Silent, yet so loud. Repetitive, yet so surprising. Simply put, a pleasure to watch.
Published on 7 Jan 2008 by Ion-bogdan Dumitrescu
5.0 out of 5 stars strange yet compelling
A startlingly original film, not least for the fact that the main character never utters a word during the entire thing. Read more
Published on 1 Sep 2006 by red_explosions
5.0 out of 5 stars 3 Iron
This is one of the most thought-provoking films I have ever seen. It is quite beautiful in its simplicity and provides a valuable insight into a gentle and unassuming relationship. Read more
Published on 16 Dec 2005 by Mrs. Barbara Armstrong
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