Arirang is a song. Kim Ki-duk sings it in a film that is so much his own, he is the beginning and the end, the actor and the director. After three years without directing, the Korean filmmaker returns with an absolutely intimate documentary, where he sets out his problems as an artist and the reason for being inactive all this time. To say that Kim Ki-duk bares himself in front of the camera would be to succumb to an easy phrase: in Arirang, the director doesn't fear egocentrism or the truth. He shows the secret face of the filmmaker, of artists and their doubts. And what is more, he does it with no help: no crew, no money, facing danger alone.
A referential director in contemporary Korean film, violence is mixed with symbolic lyricism in his cinema. Among others, he’s the author of The Isle (00), Arirang (11) and Pietà (Golden Lion winner at Venice 2012).
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