Arirang dir. Kim Ki-dukArirang dir. Kim Ki-duk


South Korea 2011 / 100’

director: Kim Ki-Duk

screenplay: Kim Ki-Duk

cinematography: Kim Ki-Duk

cast: Kim Ki-Duk

producer: Kim Ki-Duk

production: Kim Ki-Duk Film

awards: Cannes IFF 2011 – Un Certain Regard Award, 11th New Horizons International Film Festival in Wrocław - in the Films On Art International Competition the Jury - best film

polish distributor: Stowarzyszenie Nowe Horyzonty

release date: 13.04.2012

An actress was almost involved in a fatal accident during the filming of Dream. […] If I hadn’t quickly jumped on that ladder and untied the rope… I totally lost it for a while and cried without anyone knowing. That moment, which I never want to recall, made me look back on the 15 films I frantically made during my 13-year film career. Completely authorial, non-compromising confession of one of the leading artistic cinema directors. After this accident, Kim spends two years in voluntary exile, living in a hut with no heating located in the Korean countryside. Remaining in a state of dialogue with the on-screen self and his own shadow, he analyses the sources of his works and underlying emotions and complexes. The form is suspended between self-flagellation and narcissism. During the breaks taken from watching old films, paintings and posters, he does some DIY, constructing a coffee machine and a gun which he uses to settle all the matters with the characters from the past. The title song performed in a traditional way and accompanying the moments of melancholy becomes a moving refrain. During the culmination point, Kim not so much sings as wheezes through tears: Arirang, Arirang, Arariyo / Arirang Pass is the long road you go.

Jan Topolski

Kim Ki-Duk

He was born in 1960 in Bonghwa, studied film in Paris and then moved back to Korea to start on low-budget films about outcasts, sadomasochist relationships, and unhealed wounds of history. His films reverberated widely thanks to a peculiar combination of cruelty and poetry; they were shown at competitions at the leading festivals, such as: Cannes, Venice (Best Director), Berlin (Silver Bear), Locarno (Don Quixote) and many others. He referred both to Buddhism and Christian ethics in an interesting way; he tackled controversial topics, such as sex change and voluntary prostitution. After a series of outstanding films from 2000–2004, he turned to an often too far reaching symbolism; currently, he is going back to his roots in a spectacular manner.

Selected filmography

1996 Krokodyl / Ag-o / Crocodile

2000 Wyspa / Seom / The Isle

2003 Wiosna, lato, jesień, zima… i wiosna / Bom yeoreum gaeul gyeoul geurigo bom / Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter… and Spring

2004 Samarytanka / Samaria / Samaritan Girl

2004 Pusty dom / Bin-jip / 3-Iron

2006 Czas / Shi gan / Time

2008 Sen / Bi-mong / Dream

2010 Arirang (doc.)