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Bin-jip (2004)

3-Iron

Directed by:

Ki-duk Kim

Rating: 0/10

Running Time: 95 minutes

US Certificate: R

— P R E V I E W –Tae-suk (JAE Hee) drifts around on his motorcycle looking for empty houses tostay in. He goes from door to door and puts up flyers in the keyholes of eachhouse. He later breaks into the house where the flyer has not been removed,assuming that the owner is away.

Tae-suk lives in the empty house until the owners return, but never steals orruins anything. He simply guards the houses for a few days, fixing broken items,and even does the owners’ laundry. Before leaving, he puts everything back as itused be.

One day, sneaking into a wealthy home, Tae-suk meets his destiny – a marriedwoman named Sun-hwa (LEE Seung-yeon) who has been tormented by herabusive husband. While Tae-suk sneaks around the house, Sun-hwa hides in thedark and silently watches him. At first she's afraid of him, but when she sees himfixing a broken scale, she realizes he's not a thief and continues to observe him.

That same night, Tae-suk wakes up suddenly to find Sun-hwa staring at him. Heruns out, but the phone rings suddenly. It's Sun-hwa's husband. Tae-sukoverhears their conversation and realizes that Sun-hwa has an unhappymarriage and life. Sun-hwa looks silently at him as if she is begging for him tosave her. Tae-suk however, turns away and walks out.

Tae-suk can't stop thinking about Sun-hwa's imploring eyes. The more he tries toforget about her, the more vivid the images of Sun-hwa become in his mind. Taesuksneaks into her home again, and watches her in silence. After watching herfor a while, Tae-suk turns on music to soothe her soul. He prepares clothes forher while she's in her bath. Sun-hwa senses that Tae-suk has come back for herand starts to feel comfortable. But her comfort turns sour after her husbandcomes home and tries to force her into having sex.

Tae-suk is enraged. He grabs a 3 iron and swings it at golf balls on the ground.The balls strike her husband several times and he collapses. Tae-suk then runsaway with Sun-hwa.

Together, Tae-suk and Sun-hwa stick flyers onto doors and enter empty housestogether. In every home they break into, Tae-suk continues to cook, do chores,and fix broken items. For the first time ever, Sun-hwa feels the real comfort of ahome. Tae-suk sees that she is able to smile again, and the two ultimately fall inlove with each other.

One day, as they enter a house, they discover the dead body of an old man. Taesukand Sun-hwa bury the body in a respectful ritual, and begin living in the oldman's house as if it was their own. Their happy days come to an end when theold man's son makes a surprise visit. He calls the police and they take Tae-sukand Sun-hwa away.

Tae-suk is charged with murder, trespassing, and kidnapping, while Sun-hwa isunwillingly brought back to her husband. Sun-hwa lives in hope for the day ofTae-suk’s release. But while in prison, Tae-suk finds a secret way to bring backthe joys he and Sun-hwa once had…

Summary

— P R E V I E W –Tae-suk (JAE Hee) drifts around on his motorcycle looking for empty houses tostay in. He goes from door to door and puts up flyers in the keyholes of eachhouse. He later breaks into the house where the flyer has not been removed,assuming that the owner is away. […]

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