Arirang (2011)




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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
Art House & International , Drama , Special Interest
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Critic Reviews for Arirang

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (1)

A cri de coeur, constructed as a fly-on-the-wall doc.

Full Review… | June 6, 2012
Time Out
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Full Review… | May 16, 2011
Hollywood Reporter
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No excerpt available.

Full Review… | May 13, 2011
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | June 7, 2012

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.

Full Review… | June 7, 2012
What Culture

Vaguely interesting, but mostly painful and confusing.

Full Review… | June 7, 2012
Little White Lies

Audience Reviews for Arirang


Shot in rudimentary documentary style, Arirang is self indulgent auteur cinema at it's narcissistic best that can wear on the viewer unless one was an avid fan of the filmmaker. The majority of the film, aglow in a red haze, featured a tightly cropped frame of Mr. Kim's face whining, ranting, musing, lamenting, swearing, etc. If you enjoy forced captivity with an angry and verbally abusive drunk, then have at it! This is your movie! The only interesting frames were of the food he prepared and ate. The film finally reached it's climax when he began using the gun he carefully crafted by hand. I admit, I'm not familiar with his acclaimed body of work so I had no vested interest in Mr. Kim, however this documentary did nothing to attract me to the man behind the great film maker, so I'm told, that he obviously is. I have never felt such relief exiting a venue. Seriously, someone shoot me! I guess I'll netflix some of his films to see why he's a big deal. I get the feeling even if I WAS an obsessive fan of Mr. Kim, I'd still want someone to shoot me to put me out of my misery in this film. Narcissistic self indulgence just isn't my cup of tea.

Ching Tan
Ching Tan

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