Movie: Arirang Revised romanization: Arirang Hangul: 아리랑 Genre: Documentary Director: Kim Ki-Duk Writer: Kim Ki-Duk Producer: Kim Ki-Duk Cinematographer: Kim Ki-Duk World Premiere: May, 2011 (Cannes Film Festival) Release Date: TBA Runtime: 100 min. Language: Korean Country: South Korea IMDB link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1922551/
Cast: Kim Ki-Duk
Plot: Arirang (Korean: 아리랑) is a 2011 South Korean documentary film by Kim Ki-duk. The film addresses a personal crisis Kim went through, sparked by an incident during the filming of his previous film, Dream, where the lead actress nearly died by hanging. The titles comes from a Korean folk song with the same title. In a heavily line-broken text released about the film, Kim writes that "Through Arirang I understand human beings, thank the nature, and accept my life as it is now."
Kim Ki-Duk wrote:
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 with desires, in the ghostly world lurking with sorrow in the imaginary world lurking with dreams, with no beginning nor end, slowly going crazy.
What is affection that it still remains all around me decaying? It’s still stuck to the crown of my head, testing my emotions. It’s still hiding deep within my heart, testing my sense of compassion. If I didn’t give my heart, they would be bad people erased from memories but if I gave my heart, I couldn’t let them go till the day that I die as despicable people. Ah… Arirang Alright Let’s mercilessly kill each other in our hearts till we die.
Even today I hold back as I get angry I laugh as I get jealous I love as I despise And forgive as I quiver with the urge to kill. Wait I will kill Myself, who remembers you.
Awards Prize of Un Certain Regard Ex-aequo - 2011 (64th) Cannes Film Festival - May 11 - May 22, 2011 Grand Prix (Films on Art International Competition) - 2011 (11th) New Horizons International Film Festival - July 21-31, 2011 Audience Award - 2011 (12th) TOKYO FILMeX - November 19- 27, 2011