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Arirang is about Kim Ki-duk playing 3 roles in 1. Through Arirang I climb over one hill in life. Through Arirang I understand human beings, thank the nature, and accept my life as it is now. We are now... in the terrestrial world lurking with desires, in the ghostly world lurking with sorrow in the imaginary world lurking with dreams, with no beginning nor end, slowly going crazy. What is affection that it still remains all around me decaying? It's still stuck to the crown of my head, testing my emotions. It's still hiding deep within my heart, testing my sense of compassion. If I didn't give my heart, they would be bad people erased from memories but if I gave my heart, I couldn't let them go till the day that I die as despicable people. Ah... Arirang Alright Let's mercilessly kill each other in our hearts till we die. Even today I hold back as I get angry I laugh as I get jealous I love as I despise And forgive as I quiver with the urge to kill. Wait I will kill Myself, who remembers you. -- (C) Kim Ki-duk


Critic Reviews for Arirang

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (3)

  • It is the most extravagantly self-indulgent piece of pure loopiness imaginable - but gripping as well. A piece of experimentalism at odds with convention.

    Jun 8, 2012 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Vaguely interesting, but mostly painful and confusing.

    Jun 7, 2012 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • A cri de coeur, constructed as a fly-on-the-wall doc.

    Jun 6, 2012 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Dave Calhoun

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • Themes of depression, introspection and gradual resurfacing are universal; anybody who has ever struggled with their mental health could take something from Arirang.

    Feb 28, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Somewhat interesting, but as most films that are actually self-portraits, it is mostly addressed to the director's fans. The experimental nature of it also moves towards that direction.

    Jan 6, 2019 | Full Review…
  • There are intelligent and provocative ideas within Kim Ki-duk's unbearably self-serving docudrama, but the auteur should stick to what he knows best.

    Jun 7, 2012 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

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