Kim Ki Duk’s long anticipated documentary about his self-imposed exile and solitude, plus his directorial debut, together in this special box-set
While shooting a suicide scene for his last film, DREAM, in 2008, the lead actress nearly perished and the incident triggered an emotional and creative breakdown for the director. As an act of self-administered therapy, ARIRANG takes playful liberties with the documentary form as Kim Ki-duk traces his experiences and mindset during this period of crisis.
ARIRANG marks Kim Ki-duk’s triumphant return to cinema after an absence of three years. ARIRANG offers audiences a unique and indiscreet look at the man regarded as one of Korea’s greatest living directors.
Dir: Kim Ki-duk
Cast: Kim Ki-duk
Runtime: 100 minutes
Language: Korean (English subtitles)
Country: South Korea
Region: region 2
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Winner of “Un Certain Regard” Award at Cannes Festival 2011
What the press say:
"Arirang is the ultimate work of auteurist cinema" ★★★ - Empire Magazine
“This startling, fascinating and bizarre film is in some ways the strangest arthouse event of the year.” ★★★★ - The Guardian
"There’s no doubt that South Korean director, Kim Ki-duk is one of the most interesting directors in the world." ★★★★½ - Rhythm Circus
"Arirang is quite simply Kim Ki-duk's best film to date." - Hangul Celluloid
"... proving him again to be a visionary of considerable talent and artistry” - Beyond Hollywood
"... without any doubt, is the ultimate 'film d'auteur' ever made" - Screen Daily
Kim Ki-duk’s rarely seen directorial debut, never before released in the UK.
Kim Ki-duk’s stunning debut is a study of violence in South Korean society and seemingly unlike any other Korean films made before it. It depicts the life of violent thug, Crocodile, who lives with a peddling boy and an old man by the banks of the river Han in Seoul, a popular suicide spot.
Homeless Crocodile makes a living by robbing the dead bodies of those who commit suicide by jumping into the river. One day, he saves the life of a suicidal young woman from drowning but only to use her for sex. Keeping her there, he develops an abusive relationship and despite his temper and violence, a bond soon forms between the four of them.
CROCODILE is the grittiest of KIM Ki-duk's early work which led the path to series of intense and highly acclaimed features.