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3-IRON (2004)
KIM Ki-duk
After studying art in Paris, KIM Ki-duk returned to Korea and began his career as a screenwriter and he made his directorial debut with a low-budget movie called¡°Crocodile¡± in 1996.

From the time he released his first film, he stirred up a sensational response from critics. After every film of his was released, he was evaluated and hailed by both critics and the audience for his hard-to-express characters, shocking visuals, and unprecedented messages.
The characters that appeared in KIM Ki-duk¡¯s films were from the lowest trenches of society and were not welcomed anywhere. In such extreme circumstances, KIM Ki-duk drew out the innocence deep within the characters¡¯ hearts through a grotesque and malicious struggle.

After his works had been selected by international film festivals, his name value has grown and audience started to show some interest.
With ¡°Bad Guy¡±, KIM Ki-duk has drawn over 700,000 moviegoers into local theaters expanding his limited popularity one step further to the mainstream.

He continued on making internationally acclaimed films such as
¡°Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter and Spring¡± which was submitted to the Foreign Language Film section of the Academy Awards to represent
Korea cinema and ¡°Samaritan Girl¡± which won Silver Bear Award
(Best Director Award) at the 54th Berlin International Film Festival.
Selected Filmography

-The 54th Berlin Int¡¯l Film Festival (Official Competition)
Silver Bear Award (Best Director Award)

-2003 Locarno Int¡¯l Film Festival (Junior Jury Prize, Don Quixote Prize, CICAE / ARTE PRIZE, NETPAC Prize)

- Opening Film at the 7th Pusan Int¡¯l Film Festival
- The 38th Karlovy Vary Int¡¯l Film Festival (Official Competition)
Netpac Award, FIPRESCI Award, Karlovy Vary Award

- The 58th Venice Int¡¯l Film Festival (Official Competition)
Director's Statement
We are all empty houses,
waiting for someone
to open the lock and set us free.

One day, my wish comes true.
A man, like a ghost he comes
and takes me away from my confinement.
And I follow, without doubts, without reserve...
Until I find my new destiny....

July, 2004

KIM Ki-duk
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