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A battered woman finds her soul mate in a most unusual manner in this drama from Korean filmmaker Kim Ki-Duk. Tae-suk (Jae Hee Song) is a young drifter who appears to be homeless by inclination as much as necessity; he squats in the homes of strangers while they're away, carefully seeing to it that no damage is done to the property and sometimes performing small household chores as a display of gratitude. One day, Tae-suk sneaks into a house where a number of photos of a beautiful model adorn the walls. After eating, washing up, and doing some minor repairs, Tae-suk discovers he's… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 87%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"What is so engaging about the film is the way its director, Ki-duk Kim, manages to keep our interest intensely focused on the couple."
‑ Richard Nilsen, Arizona Republic
"It's actually quite satisfying, in a weird, magical-realism sort of way that manages to disturb and confound as much as it appeases the romantic."
‑ Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post
"3-Iron matches apparent simplicity to a beguiling inscrutability and ends with the most beautifully bizarre menage a trois to have been seen since Takashi Miike's Gozu."
‑ Anton Bitel, Eye for Film
"Lo mejor de esta fascinante y extraña película es todo lo que dispara en el espectador en su intento por encontrarle un significado."
‑ Enrique Buchichio, Uruguay Total
"What happens is less important than how it's happening, a film of subtle moments, with feelings and thoughts conveyed almost wordlessly, 3-Iron is both artificial and profound."
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
"A movie meant to be taken on faith more than anything else. The more you can grant it, the greater the reward."
‑ Eleanor Ringel Gillespie, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"Kim works with the barest of materials but returns the viewer's attention to the pure visual pleasure of filmmaking."
‑ Philip Kennicott, Washington Post
"Beautifully staged an performed, a sly wit with the camera work, an almost silent presentation of a lovely story."
‑ Jason Gorber, Film Scouts
"3-Iron est un autre bel ajout à l'univers plus serein de Kim Ki-duk."
‑ Jean-François Vandeuren, Panorama
‑ Jules Brenner, Filmcritic.com
"For the most part they achieve a delicate balancing act, mixing near-silent comedy with an old-fashioned sense of whimsy."
‑ John Hartl, Seattle Times
"Evanescence is the movie's most distinguishing characteristic."
‑ Josh Larsen, LarsenOnFilm
"It's a tribute to Kim's masterful mysteriousness that you are never quite sure what your exact reaction should be, as well as the fact that it's all highly intriguing rather than inscrutably annoying."
‑ David Noh, Film Journal International
"...μεθυστικοί ρυθμοί και εκκωφαντικές σιωπές..."
‑ Joseph Proimakis, Movies for the Masses
"An unusual original story that's rooted in a Buddhist parable."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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