|Directed by||Kim Ki-duk|
|Produced by||Kim Ki-duk|
|Written by||Kim Ki-duk|
|Starring||Jae Hee |
|Studio||Kim Ki-duk Film |
|Distributed by||Big Blue Film|
|Release date(s)||October 15, 2004(South Korea)|
|Running time||88 min.|
|Country||South Korea |
3-Iron (빈집, Bin-jip, meaning Empty House) is a 2004 Korean film directed by Kim Ki-duk. The plot revolves around the relationship between a young drifter and an abused housewife. The film is notable for the lack of dialogue between its two main characters.
Tae-suk (Jae Hee) is a loner who drives around on his motorbike, taping takeout menus over the keyholes of front doors and breaking into apartments where the menus have not been removed. He lives in the apartments while the owners are away, even washing their clothes and mending broken appliances for them. When he breaks into one large home, he is unaware that he is being watched by an abused housewife Sun-hwa (played by Lee Seung-yeon). Tae-suk leaves after he makes eye contact with Sun-hwa, but returns after silently contemplating on the roadside. He witnesses Sun-hwa's husband abusing her and proceeds to catch his attention by practicing golf in the yard. He hits Sun-hwa's husband with golf balls and then leaves with Sun-hwa. The couple begin a silent relationship, moving from one apartment to another. At one home, after drinking, they are caught by the returning owners, sleeping in their bed and wearing their pajamas.
The couple gets into trouble with the law when they break into the home of an elderly man, who they discover to have died alone and proceed to give him a proper burial. When the man's son and daughter-in-law arrive at the apartment, they assume that Tae-suk and Sun-hwa killed him. They are interrogated at the police station but remain steadfastly silent. Police investigation reveals that nothing was stolen from any of the houses and the old man had died of lung cancer. Sun-hwa's husband arrives and takes her back home, and bribes the policeman in charge of the investigation to allow him to similarly hit Tae-suk with golf balls. Tae-suk ends up attacking the police officer and is sent to jail, where he practices golf with an imaginary club and balls and develops his gifts for stealth and concealment (to the frustration of his jailers). After being released from prison, invisible to her husband's eyes, Tae-suk rejoins Sun-hwa in her house. Sun-hwa appears to say "I love you" to her husband, but reaches out for Tae-suk. Tae Suks skills involve staying out of his jailers line of sight and peripheral vision and he does this as he stays behind Sun Hwas husband, moving as he turns and grabbing food from the dinner table and kissing Sun Hwa over her husband's shoulder (seen in the poster) as he leaves on another business trip. After he leaves, Sun Hwa and he embrace, kissing deeply.
Film review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reported that 86% of reviewers (75 out of 87) gave the film positive ratings with an average score of 7.4. The film grossed $241,914 in North America and $2,965,315 worldwide.
- 2004 Venice International Film Festival
- Best Director Award, FIPRESCI Best Film Award Won
- Little Golden Lion Award Won
- SIGNIS Award Won
- Golden Lion Award Nominated
- 2004 Valladolid Film Festival -Golden Spike Award (Best Film) Won
- 2004 Busan International Film Festival -Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema Won
- 2004 Blue Dragon Film Awards
- 2004 Korean Film Awards
- 2005 David di Donatello Awards- Nominated
- 2005 Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists -Silver Ribbon Award Nominated
- 2005 San Sebastián International Film Festival -FIPRESCI Film of the Year Won
- 2006 Belgian Syndicate of Cinema Critics -Grand Prix Won
- Chlotrudis Awards 2006 -Chlotrudis Award Nominated
See also 
- List of Korean language films
- Korean film
- Contemporary culture of South Korea
- List of Korea-related topics
- "3-Iron". IMDB. Retrieved March 04, 2012.
- "3-Iron". Boxofficemojo. Retrieved March 04, 2012.
- http://boxofficemojo.com/movies/intl/?page=&wk=2005W15&id=_fBINJIP01 "3-Iron French Gross"
- Beyond Hollywood - 3-Iron review
- 3-Iron Rotten Tomatoes
- "Kim Ki-duk, Grand Prix de l'UCC". La Libre Belgique (in French). January 9, 2006. Retrieved October 21, 2012.
- Official website: 3-Iron at Sony Pictures Classics
- 3-Iron at the Internet Movie Database
- Korean film poster