3-Iron [DVD]  [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
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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.
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.Read more ›
Undoubtedly there will be those, including myself, who criticise elements of the film, but it is it's originality, story and cinematography that really sets it apart.
I went into the film expecting nothing and came out with so much.
Love it or hate it; to not watch this film would be to miss out on one of the great masterpieces of the year.
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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Kim Ki Duk is one of my favorite directors. Love this movie. Its all about love. without words.Published 4 months ago by Madara Raiskuma
It won't be everyone's cuppa tea. It has no dialogue but the film is great. It turns out to be a love story if I remember right.Published 11 months ago by itsabook
a must watch for international film lovers! moving and beautifully directed, a great film by anyone's standards. buy it nowPublished on 6 Dec. 2011 by talissa1987
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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 morePublished on 17 Aug. 2010 by vic
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