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Kim Ki Duk’s long anticipated documentary about his self-imposed exile and solitude.
Film Summary
Kim Ki-duk
Kim Ki-duk
(English subtitles)
South Korea
Film Main Info
While shooting a suicide scene for his last film, DREAM, in 2008, the lead actress nearly perished and the incident triggered an emotional and creative breakdown for the director. As an act of self-administered therapy, ARIRANG takes playful liberties with the documentary form as Kim Ki-duk traces his experiences and mindset during this period of crisis. ARIRANG marks Kim Ki-duk’s triumphant return to cinema after an absence of three years. ARIRANG offers audiences a unique and indiscreet look at the man regarded as one of Korea’s greatest living directors.
Winner of “Un Certain Regard” Award at Cannes Festival 2011
EMPIRE - "Arirang is the ultimate work of auteurist cinema" - 3 stars
THE GUARDIAN - “This startling, fascinating and bizarre film is in some ways the strangest arthouse event of the year.” - 4 stars
RHYTHM CIRCUS- "there’s no doubt that South Korean director Kim Ki-duk is one of the most interesting directors in the world." - 4.5 stars
HANGUL CELLULOID - "Arirang is quite simply Kim Ki-duk's best film to date."
BEYOND HOLLYWOOD - "...proving him again to be a visionary of considerable talent and artistry”
SCREEN DAILY - "without any doubt, is the ultimate "film d'auteur" ever made"
TIME OUT - 3 stars
TOTAL - 3 stars
CINEVUE - 4 stars
Cinema Listings: 
ICA, London - from June 8th
Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle - June 20-21st
The Ultimate Picture Palace, Oxford - from June 30th
Aberystwyth Arts Centre Cinema - July 17-18th
DVD Info
DVD Release Date: 
November 12th
DVD Special Features: 
2-disc DVD set including CROCODILE, Kim Ki-duk’s rarely seen 1996 directorial debut which has never been released in the UK.
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