Pinterest
NewsLetter DailyWeekly
 
My HanCinema | Sign up, Why ? Your E-mail   Password    Auto| Help
HanCinema :: The Korean Movie and Drama Database, discover the South Korean cinema and drama diversity Contact HanCinema HanCinema on TwitterFaceBook HanCinema PageHanCinema on Twitter

[Guest Film Review] "ARIRANG - Movie"

2016/12/24

Following an incident in "Dream", where the lead protagonist, Lee Na-young almost died during a hanging scene, and after his long-time assistant, Jang Hoon and the producer of the film "Poongsan" abandoned him during the film's shootings the same year (2011), Kim Ki-duk retreated to a secluded mountain house. Eventually he decided to shoot a documentary of shorts while there, entirely by himself, that came to be "ARIRANG - Movie". It premiered in the Un Certain Regard section of the 2011 Cannes Film Festival, and won the top award for best film.

Shot in guerilla and very experimental fashion, the documentary is a travel through his equally guerilla life in a house so cold that he has to sleep in a tent placed in its interior, and his psychological status at the time. "ARIRANG - Movie" features a number of monologues with the camera zoomed in his face, while Kim also used some editing to present two instances of himself talking to each other, and his shadow asking him questions. During this monologues, where Kim is occasionally drunk, he explains his thoughts and feelings regarding the two incidents, which have made him unable to shoot a movie for quite some time. His psychological status and the style of the film are revealed during one of these monologues: "I can't make a film, so I am shooting myself. My life is like a documentary and a drama". A bit later, he explains the nature of his films: "Life for me is sadism, self-torture and masochism. Torturing others, getting tortured and torturing oneself".

In one of the most dramatic moments of the production, Kim is looking at his own sequence in "Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... And Spring" and starts crying, obviously missing shooting movies as beautiful as that. The connection to the particular film is also exemplified by the fact that "ARIRANG - Movie" makes a number of zoom-ins on his fibulae that show signs of injury, which were caused during the aforementioned sequence.

Furthermore, Kim occasionally sings "ARIRANG - Movie", a Korean folk song, often considered as the unofficial national anthem of Korea, with a very loud voice, and fixes various pieces of machinery, like an improvised coffee maker that seems to become better as the documentary progresses. However, when he manufactures a gun and takes off in his car while being drunk, a sense of danger surrounds the whole of the production.

"ARIRANG - Movie" is a very interesting, but as most films that are actually self-portraits, it is mostly addressed to the director's fans. The experimental nature of it also moves towards that direction. 

Review by Panos Kotzathanasis

 

Facebook

"ARIRANG - Movie" is directed by Kim Ki-duk.

Copy & paste guideline for this article
Always put a link back to the source and HanCinema permalink

Creative Commons License"[Guest Film Review] "ARIRANG - Movie""
by HanCinema is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported License.

Attention You're reading the news with potential spoilers, make them spoiler free, dismiss


 

 

 Previous news

Subscribe to HanCinema Pure to remove ads from the website (not for episode and movie videos) for US$0.99 monthly or US$7.99 yearly (you can cancel anytime). The first step is to be a member, please click here : Sign up, then a subscribe button will show up.

Settings

Remove ads

Sign up

Sharing

Activate

Spoilers

Visible, hide

Movie of the week

Learn to read Korean in 90 minutes or less using visual associations

About | Privacy policy | Contact | Partners

Mobile version