Arirang (2011)

Arirang is about Kim Ki-duk playing 3 roles in 1. Through Arirang I climb over one hill in life. Through Arirang I understand human beings, thank the nature, and accept my life as it is now. We are now... in the terrestrial world lurking… More

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Dave Calhoun
Time Out

A cri de coeur, constructed as a fly-on-the-wall doc.

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David Jenkins
Little White Lies

Vaguely interesting, but mostly painful and confusing.

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Anton Bitel
Eye for Film

Perhaps Arirang works best as testimony to how far up the mountain Kim Ki-duk has yet to travel before regaining his former peaks - at least, though, he has finally resumed the ascent.

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Peter Bradshaw

It is the most extravagantly self-indulgent piece of pure loopiness imaginable - but gripping as well. A piece of experimentalism at odds with convention.

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Jennifer Tate

Kim Ki-duk's self-made documentary about his three year, guilt induced solitude is incredibly self-absorbed, making it a suffocating and arduous watch.

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Marty Mapes
Movie Habit

A self-indulgent personal-therapy home movie? Or is there something more?

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Shaun Munro
What Culture

There are intelligent and provocative ideas within Kim Ki-duk's unbearably self-serving docudrama, but the auteur should stick to what he knows best.

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Jamie Russell
Total Film

It's a confessional portrait of the artist as a nutty middle-aged man and a rare insight into a controversial director who's as divisive as the 38th Parallel.

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Burl Burlingame
Honolulu Star-Advertiser

Arirang is insufferable, and it's approaching torture to sit through it. Although we do wish Ki-Duk would climb out of his hole and get on with his life.

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