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3-Iron

3-Iron

2004
Romance
Drama
1h 28m
A young drifter enters strangers' houses - and lives - while owners are away. He spends a night or a day squatting in, repaying their unwitting hospitality by doing laundry or small repairs. His life changes when he runs into a beautiful woman in an affluent mansion who is ready to escape her unhappy, abusive marriage. (imdb)
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3-Iron

2004
Romance
Drama
1h 28m
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Rated 07 Jun 2011
81
84th
Boring, unappealing and way too pretentious. ...But enough about me! Bin-jip surprised me quite a bit. Keeps shifting between 'subtly endearing' and 'unexpectedly dark'. The surreal nature of the final act was simply perfect.
Rated 02 Jul 2007
88
87th
Is it hyperbole to call this the most affecting love story ever put to celluloid? 'Cause I'm going to do it anyway.
Rated 29 Nov 2010
86
83rd
Everything in this movie feels extremely delicate and beautiful. Like if I touch anything, it will all break.
Rated 18 Feb 2013
29
33rd
First twenty minutes would make a fantastic short. That and the few great moments following are the only reason I even give this movie a relatively decent score. Can't say i'd ever recommend it to anyone as it simply falls apart as it goes on.
Rated 18 Apr 2008
83
61st
Talk about minimalist. Almost no dialogue, all visual cues. However, I liked that the story takes on a dreamy aspect in the last part, leaving it open to interpretation for the audience as to what exactly had happened. It gave it a bit of an edge that it lacked up to that point.
Rated 04 Feb 2018
80
77th
Explores the silent grace of unspoken communication. Dark and heavy, but with enough kindness seeping through to round out an artistic balance. It is a little over the top, but forgive it of that and it is a rewarding dance.
Rated 01 Oct 2011
70
37th
I really, really enjoyed this for the first hour, and then slowly lost interest. Still, it's a nicely told story which I could recommend.
Rated 12 Dec 2010
71
49th
Just because it made me think about the infinite ways of living this life, I enjoyed it. It is a great movie idea but the overall story was weak so it was a bit over the top here and there. But the drift of the characters around the Korean-life landscape made up for the potholes of the plot.
Rated 22 Oct 2017
85
93rd
Few movies settle so comfortably right on the line between reality and dreamworld.
Rated 05 Apr 2011
50
28th
After the gentle genius of Spring, Summer...this is quite a disappointment. I cared nothing for these characters and was annoyed by the gimmick from the beginning. A few moments of brilliance do not make a good film.
Rated 11 Jan 2019
93
88th
This movie left me smiling and refreshed as if I had been meditating the whole movie. Such an original idea and approach to a movie.
Rated 15 May 2013
88
76th
A great film with hardly a word of dialoge spoken.
Rated 26 Sep 2013
70
37th
shallow but delicate and personal. Ki-duk Kim's style, obviously.
Rated 27 Feb 2007
77
78th
A love story in which neither of the leads ever utters a single word (well the girl says one thing at the very end, but that hardly counts). And it works brilliantly. Everything here is really original, and the solution to the main conflict, though it could be construed as stupid and ridiculous, is awesome and kind of beautiful in my opinion.
Rated 13 Jul 2010
85
85th
Very beautiful film. Don't know what to say, really, other than I thought it had a filmic rhythm, that made it extra intense. Needless to point out how well-written it is, since both main characters hardly say a word and yet we understand them so well. I especially loved the scenes in the prison, where the movie becomes somewhat spiritual - thereby hinting the point of the whole film. Sublime.
Rated 12 May 2015
70
63rd
A sweet romance, first; and a film about the temptation to live alienated from society, or reality. Because the reality of the spoken words is often more distorted than the unreality of dreams. So, there is a open ending, in my opinion: i'm not totally sure if the final chapter is 'real world' or 'fantasy world'. Technically speaking is not impressive, but it works; especially in the beginning, remind me to an european classic cinema style, as if it was a 'nouvelle vogue' film.
Rated 04 Jul 2010
85
92nd
'Gimmick' is an *Americanism* most often used to describe deceitful wares and business transactions.
Rated 10 Sep 2009
85
97th
At times far from realistic, but that step from reality is what gave this movie its charm and appeal. Thank goodness there's at least one director out there who understands that silence is golden and that simple gestures can express more than words could ever convey.
Rated 02 Dec 2010
90
95th
A sweet, romantic, peaceful film. The no-talking thing never felt gimmicky to me. The acting and the direction were done with such subtlety that you never needed to be told what was going on with unnecessary dialogue - you just instinctively understood the connection between the two characters. The scene where the woman re-visits the temple, sleeps for a while, then leaves, was absolutely beautiful. I liked the ending too, which emphasized how dreamlike (almost mystical) the whole thing is.
Rated 10 Mar 2009
70
74th
None of the people involved really have the chops to pull this off. The main character did well enough but the girl was mediocre. More about the missed potential that a film like this could have been. There is nothing worse than "leaving it up to the audience."
Rated 17 Jul 2010
82
83rd
Beautiful movie. I love the relationship between the two main characters. It's sweet. The ending is brilliant. I also like the fact that there's so little dialogue, and it works
Rated 18 Jul 2008
8
82nd
Lovely. Even if the gimmick is a bit dumb at times. Pretty original though.
Rated 02 Jan 2011
91
94th
If you like romance but are sick of the usual fare, give "3-Iron" a go. Beautiful, captivating, and refreshingly original.
Rated 24 Jan 2011
70
53rd
baskalarinin ozel alanlarina diledigince girebilen adam bu deneyimlerinden birinde kocasindan siddet gordugu icin uzaklasan bir kadinla yakinlasir. aralarinda farkli frekansta bir iliski baslar. kim ki-duk hikayesinde bosluklar birakip izleyenden doldurmasini istiyor. acik uclu bir anlatimla farkli okunabilecek bir oyku. adamin kadin icin kendisini gelistirip bir golge adam-ninja moduna gecmesi mi yoksa ruhani bir boyuta gecerek iliskilerini devam ettirmeleri mi ya da her sey kadinin sanrisi mi
Rated 12 Jul 2007
100
98th
A quiet, beautiful, and uniquely affecting film. Ignore movies like "The Lake House", "3-Iron" is a real love story.
Rated 07 Jan 2011
95
99th
Simply magnificent! One of the greatest love stories ever told in cinema...
Rated 07 Aug 2022
59
22nd
A zen Badlands, with a lighter shade of dodgy ethics. The lack of vocal communication feels like a gimmick and forces the film to compromise on believable storytelling.
Rated 18 Mar 2024
85
92nd
A great movie by all my standards, bare some asian slapstick here and there, but the disease is mild.
Rated 09 Nov 2007
95
79th
...a perfect story that is shaped with the silence.
Rated 07 May 2010
95
97th
Definitely full of surprises and some mystery. You would hardly compare it to anything you have seen before, this is really masterpiece. And the music! Oh. Amazing.
Rated 11 Jan 2013
75
81st
This is an interesting little film. One of the most striking things about it is that the main character never speaks. Not even once. I thought it was pretty cool at first, but became a bit distracting later on. The second half was a little weird, but I liked it a lot by the end. It's a very quiet and simple film, and I enjoyed it.
Rated 23 Jan 2010
92
91st
A beautiful film with a compelling premise that becomes increasingly ethereal without a word uttered by either protagonist. The ending is completely perfect.
Rated 20 Apr 2008
80
81st
Strange movie with an unhurried pace. Only a few dialogs but great at the picture language.
Rated 09 Sep 2009
4
55th
The beginning of my confusion with Kim's purported reputation. It's a fine movie through most of it until the later scenes develop into something I cannot get with at all.
Rated 02 Jan 2020
95
91st
Beautifully observed low-key drama requires a certain amount of patience (and an ability to buy into its story conceit, along with wordless performances from Lee and Jae) but repays a quite wonderful series of vignettes giving us a brief glimpse into the lives of various "typical" families and couplings. Best seen rather than explained with a touching and poetic finale which nevertheless should feel silly played literally; kudos to Kim for striking the right and tricky tone for this material.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
75
74th
3-Iron may not be Ki-duk's best work, although some will certainly argue as to its right to claim the honor, but it is definitely as refreshing and engaging as just about anything out there these days.
Rated 13 Jan 2008
89
69th
Very strange movie, but yet according to all Kim Ki-Duk's movies, forces you to think about the world around us.
Rated 21 Mar 2010
83
84th
It's a special movie.
Rated 23 Jul 2008
86
84th
Beautiful and peaceful, punctuated by a few extreme moments. In a longer film the couple of gimmicks could get old but it's short enough that once you get over it everything just clicks and feels right.
Rated 26 Jan 2013
100
99th
Words cannot fix, words cannot heal. They can't show appreciation or explain reasons. They lie, they manipulate, they force their way in.
Rated 29 Sep 2008
65
70th
I like my romances subtle and low key, and subtle and low key this is.
Rated 14 Oct 2009
96
99th
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Rated 14 Mar 2015
91
89th
Original and brilliant!
Rated 07 Apr 2008
90
96th
Ingenius and beautiful small movie.
Rated 11 Jan 2008
94
98th
Beautiful and brilliant. Kim Ki-duk's directing and story are superb and the amazing main actors don't need words to show emotions.
Rated 08 Jun 2019
84
81st
Filme simbólico, que permite diferentes leituras complementares, e com ótimos atores. O protagonista nada fala no filme inteiro, reforçando o poder da comunicação não-verbal ao longo de todo o filme.
Rated 20 Jun 2016
80
92nd
Quimbo said it best. I adored the first hour and the final 30 minutes had some good parts but not enough to satisfy.
Rated 27 Oct 2012
57
79th
More of an intellectual exercise than an emotional impact, but there are a lot to like about this one despite that. Mainly the superb no dialogue communication between the lead-duo; even if I really don't connect as much as I'd like, I never doubt the connection developing between them. *Preview*: #12#, exp-4*, reviews!, story, R3.
Rated 06 Mar 2012
75
93rd
What develops is a unique friendship and love story between a couple who never speaks to each other.
Rated 04 Oct 2010
45
85th
Cool modern ghost story. Does a lot with very, very little.
Rated 08 May 2012
80
85th
Rare romance, without words, with two kisses.
Rated 21 Nov 2020
80
80th
Title Card: "It's hard to tell that the world we live in is either a reality or a dream."
Rated 18 Apr 2009
65
32nd
The beginning of the movie draws you in with certain promise but it never reaches an understanding with the viewer.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
90
80th
Absolutely INCREDIBLE
Rated 26 Jul 2010
95
88th
Najlepszy jaki widzialem...
Rated 09 Apr 2009
86
87th
this is one weird film-this guy goes into strangers' homes and lives there while they are gone, then he meets this married oppressed lady and they run together, they obviously fall in love but her husband searches for them both, he ends up in jail and does some buddhist meditation technique which kinda makes him invisible....i mean i dont understand what this movie was trying to say!!!! but u kno wat,i coudnt switch off the tv for whole 2 hours and kept watching this..i bet everyone will!
Rated 18 Jul 2020
81
79th
A fly-on-the-wall observation of two souls adrift.
Rated 08 Oct 2009
82
75th
The jail scene where the main character has an eye draw on his hand is brilliant, the film really gains momentum from that point on. Before that point, however, I was somewhat bored, and the pretentious quote at the end didn't help either. All in all it's a refreshingly pleasant and subtle romance but nothing more.
Rated 25 Sep 2020
97
99th
Pure uncut empathy.
Rated 17 Feb 2012
95
99th
Amazingly delicate, wordless gem.
Rated 23 Jun 2014
0
10th
فیلم مزخرف و حوصله سر بر و بدون داستان درست و حسابی. من که دیدنشو توصیه نمیکنم
Rated 06 Aug 2021
99
99th
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Rated 16 Mar 2012
73
58th
ask, avare, evde yabanci, golf, aile ici siddet, terazi, telesekreter (baskalarinin evlerine girip, o evde barinan fakat hirsizlik yapmayan bir adam bir gün girdigi evde bir kadinla karsilasir. kadin kocasindan siddet görmektedir. kadin avare cocukla kacar. Basroldeki cocuk film boyunca konusmuyor) İyi SOUNDTRACK Natasha Atlas, Gafsa
Rated 08 Feb 2010
80
84th
Ki-duk Kim is a director that often uses silent movement and stillness to convey emotional moments. The surreal nature of the film takes you into the mind of the protagonist and the odd mutual love affair he has with the woman in the house. I interpret the events as how we would look at the enigmatic situation through their eyes rather than how an audience would look at just a conventional story unfolding. This is a brilliant but strange film that is probably too artistic for its own good.
Rated 16 Jan 2009
100
98th
A fantastic silent movie.
Rated 30 Mar 2011
100
99th
When the first 30-min passed, I thought it was already perfect and should stay as a wonderful short-movie, and that after that Ki-duk could only spoil it. I absolutely failed, it keeps going better and better, it's absolutely catching, full of great scenes and emotions. But I must say I understand those who didn't like it, it's one of those movies that look horrible if you can't get implied emotionally from the beggining. But I'm glad I did.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
63
47th
Interesting in a low-key way.
Rated 04 Aug 2020
50
55th
A series of nice ideas.
Rated 22 Aug 2009
87
93rd
Just absolutely gorgeous.
Rated 06 Jul 2007
78
95th
I didn't watch so pleasant movie in my life. So original, good starring episodes, visual part, one word - very nice....
Rated 02 Jan 2012
2
0th
no dialog and a lot of dumb things that would never happen in real life. I will allow the reader of this review to blame my lack of sensibility for this type of crap. Couldn't finish it.
Rated 07 Aug 2009
79
70th
Very odd movie, but I liked it. Not much dialog between the two main characters, but it was actually a nice change of pace from the norm.
Rated 14 Oct 2014
96
97th
A film that uses its medium to wonderful effect, reveling in each scene it sets before your eyes.
Rated 26 Feb 2017
5
96th
Det här var min första koreanska film och det kommer att bli fler! en fyra är kanske väl snålt, kanske får jag anledning att återkomma... det här är en verkligt filmisk film där realitet och verklighet glider samman och där bilderna gör förklaringar och dialog närmast helt onödig. det är uppfräschande att se en film som denna som så dramatiskt avviker från hollywoods sedvanliga dramaturgi - om än också något förvirrande.
Rated 27 Jun 2020
60
47th
Kim Ki-duk makes an interesting movie where only few words are said by main characters.
Rated 01 Dec 2010
20
41st
"The attention Kim pays to the spirit world is obsessive and alluring, but his view of flesh-and-blood women and victimhood is still a problem." - Ed Gonzalez
Rated 07 Mar 2014
91
95th
2014-03-07 Beautiful, and although cultural differences exist, most proper social behaviour can be understood without words
Rated 08 Nov 2014
95
98th
Beautiful, touching, smart, harsh at times too. It's amazing the number of adjectives that pop to mind for a film whose two protagonist never speak, but dull isn't one of them : their acting and the camera work tells this poetic story much more effectively than any dialog would have. A must see
Rated 19 Jan 2022
79
46th
the bad guy got on my nerves
Rated 09 Jul 2007
5
96th
Minimal dialog and powerful imagery tell the old story that "love conquers all" in an exciting new way. One of my personal favorites.
Rated 18 Nov 2023
72
64th
Otherwise another brilliant movie from Kim Ki-Duk, just lacking a bit of visual pleasure and eerie sounds. Ki-Duk's "Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... And Spring" impressed me lil' more.
Rated 08 Dec 2008
65
63rd
Not as good as the other Kim Ki-Duk films I've seen (The Bow, The Breath, and Spring, Summer...) but still was enjoyable. Sure, some parts were a little contrived, some of the acting was unrealistic, but the story doesn't suffer too much from it.
Rated 23 Apr 2013
75
65th
An interesting modern ghost story, with the alienated, disenfranchised poor taking the place of the dead as they weave their way in and out of the world of the living (families, the rich, whatever). I'm not entirely sure where I feel this falls on the side of being sympathetic or patronizing to victims of domestic abuse, but it is nonetheless an affecting story. It starts and ends wonderfully, and the sagging middle is saved by the beautiful scene where she returns to the temple. ~Romance~
Rated 03 Aug 2008
92
96th
Perfect pace and very beautiful. Its one of those dreamlike movies that move you, but you are not sure why. Glad to see this was somewhat popular in north america
Rated 24 Aug 2007
76
60th
A textured, touching and visually stunning Korean drama. The main characters never speak a word to each other. There are some stupid parts to the plot, but they're buried pretty easily.
Rated 12 Jun 2008
86
84th
It's a nice, well-told story. It's short enough that it doesn't feel gimmicky, but long enough to flesh out the characters. Highly recommended.
Rated 09 Jul 2010
100
95th
God, I love this movie. The breaking into strangers house, the running away, everything. And the end is amazing.
Rated 15 Jan 2009
91
94th
Brilliant.. Another near silent movie, filled with grace, beauty, love, and just awesome..
Rated 06 Oct 2007
87
83rd
I love the conceit here--silent lead, show don't tell, seek out one's place in the world. Kim does an excellent job placing the actors in the physical spaces they inhabit.
Rated 15 Nov 2011
39
9th
Destroyed its own cool mythology with those interrogation scenes and that cheesy cliché bullshit right at the end. such a bummer. :(
Rated 01 Oct 2023
52
19th
A home invader with a heart of gold who even fixes people's broken shit and doesn't steal! Seems plausible. The acting without dialog gets old...quickly.
Rated 11 Feb 2007
90
91st
gafsaaaaaaaaa
Rated 05 Sep 2016
85
97th
This film is quite beautiful. It's a love story, but it's just as much about a sort of spirituality in becoming closer to quietness, and describes a transformative journey for the characters as they become more in touch with spontaneity while facing various trials alongside their personal development. The circle walking that the protagonist practices later on is a daoist practice, which suggests it's philosophical roots in the film. The whole movie reads like a poem, and I strongly recommend it.
Rated 19 Jan 2010
100
99th
Absolutely beautiful.
Rated 16 Sep 2007
50
22nd
Interesting and thoughtful, but it's gimmick gets old fast.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
95
87th
Soft and slow, dreamlike and symbolic. 3 iron is a mezmorizing story about two people finding themselves by trespassing into strangers homes and lives. It is also a very delicate story of love without hardley touching and not talking at all.

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