3-Iron (2004)


Critic Consensus: A tender and moving romance from Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... And Spring's director Kim Ki-Duk.


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A battered woman finds her soul mate in a most unusual manner in this drama from Korean filmmaker Kim Ki-Duk. Tae-suk (Jae Hee Song) is a young drifter who appears to be homeless by inclination as much as necessity; he squats in the homes of strangers while they're away, carefully seeing to it that no damage is done to the property and sometimes performing small household chores as a display of gratitude. One day, Tae-suk sneaks into a house where a number of photos of a beautiful model adorn the walls. After eating, washing up, and doing some minor repairs, Tae-suk discovers he's being watched by the woman of the house, Sun-hwa (Lee Seung-yeon), and he soon recognizes her as the model in the photos. However, Tae-suk sees that Sun-hwa has been badly bruised, and suspects she's been the victim of domestic violence. When Tae-suk returns to the home later that evening, his suspicions are confirmed as he sees Sun-hwa being slapped around by her husband, Min-kyo (Gweon Hyeok-ho). Tae-suk impulsively bursts into the house, grabs a golf club, and attacks Min-kyo with it; moments later, Tae-suk and Sun-hwa ride away together on his scooter, and she silently joins him in his existence as a squatter, which slowly blossoms into a love affair. Bin-Jip (aka 3-Iron) received its North American premiere at the 2004 Toronto Film Festival. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

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Hyuk-ho Kwon
as Min-kyu
Ju Jin-mo
as Detective
Joo Jin-Mo
as Detective Cho
Lee Ju-suk
as Son of Old Man
Joo-suk Lee
as Son of Old Man
Lee Mi-sook
as Daughter of Old Man
Mi-suk Lee
as Daughter-in-Law of Old Man
Sung-hyuk Moon
as Sung-hyuk
Jae-yong Jang
as Hyun-soo
Jang Jae-yung
as Hyun-soo
Da-hae Lee
as Ji-eun
Park Dong-lin
as Det. Lee
Kim Han Sang
as Man in Studio
Kim Han
as Man in Studio
Park Dong-jin
as Detective Lee
Park Se-jin
as Woman in Studio
Lee Jeong-sub
as Man Who Came Back From Family Trip
Kang Sung-hun
as Boyfriend of Girl Who Got Hit by Golf Ball
Joo Jin Mo
as Detective Cho
Lee Ui-soo
as Woman Who Came Back From Family Trip
Ryoo Jong-hwa
as Boy Who Came Back From Family Trip
Jung Sung-hoon
as Prisoner 1
Kim Maeng-sung
as Prisoner 3
Hoon Jang
as Guy Who Stares
Jang Seok-bin
as CIS Team 1
Kim Hyung-suk
as CIS Team 2
Shin Tae-suk
as Policeman 1
Lee Hong-suk
as Policeman 2
Park Nam-min
as Policeman 4
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Critic Reviews for 3-Iron

All Critics (91) | Top Critics (27)

What is so engaging about the film is the way its director, Ki-duk Kim, manages to keep our interest intensely focused on the couple.

Jun 16, 2005 | Rating: 3.5/5

A movie meant to be taken on faith more than anything else. The more you can grant it, the greater the reward.

Jun 4, 2005 | Rating: B

For the most part they achieve a delicate balancing act, mixing near-silent comedy with an old-fashioned sense of whimsy.

May 27, 2005 | Rating: 3/4

It's actually quite satisfying, in a weird, magical-realism sort of way that manages to disturb and confound as much as it appeases the romantic.

May 20, 2005 | Full Review…

Kim works with the barest of materials but returns the viewer's attention to the pure visual pleasure of filmmaking.

May 20, 2005 | Full Review…

Moves from a strangely spiritual reality to a really strange spirituality -- and leaves its best parts behind.

May 20, 2005 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for 3-Iron


I cannot get this thing out of my head. Lovely and subtly horrific.

Kevin Cookman
Kevin Cookman

Super Reviewer

Taking homage from directors such as Jean-Luc Godard and Louis Malle, Kim Ki Duk creates a silent story of romance and life. Ambitious as it is ambiguous, 3-Iron is a melancholy tale that asks its audience to think differently.

paul oh
paul oh

Super Reviewer

First of all I m going to try to find out the arabian song he kept playing. A very very intense Movie. It is just so hard to describe this Movie. I think you have to watch it by yourself. The main characters dont talk a word except the last scene one line. If you really pay attention you are going to enjoy and understand, especially because the main characters dont talk a word but if you like "rush rush" you d be bored. An unssual and BEAUTIFULL STORY.

Wahida K
Wahida K

Super Reviewer


Proof that you don't need dialog when your characters and their actions are interesting enough. Of course, there is pleasure in talky scenes à la Tarantino, but this Korean film, directed by Kim Ki-Duk, driven by body language and nuance, does so well without them. There are a few plot inconsistencies, but this near-silent drama (which surprisingly enough doesn't shy away from some light comedy) is still effective, thanks in part to Lee Seung-yeon's fierce performance.

Fernando Rafael Quintero Castañeda
Fernando Rafael Quintero Castañeda

Super Reviewer

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