films seen
20
average score
3.80*
nationality
South-Korea - 58 years old
status
Alive and kicking
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The ultimate black sheep of South-Korean cinema. Kim's dramas are raw, confrontational and personal, but never without heart. While his oeuvre is quite consistent, a rough, personal breakdown has spliced it into two very distinctive parts.

Rare treats

Moebius poster

Moebius

by Kim Ki-duk
Also known as
Moi-bi-woo-seu
Specifics
South-Korea [2013] - 90 mins
Genre
Drama
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4.5

I experienced Moebius as a pretty intense drama, a downwards spiral invoked by a family acting purely on their urges and instincts.

Breath poster

Breath

by Kim Ki-duk
Also known as
Soom
Specifics
South-Korea [2007] - 84 mins
Genre
Drama, Romance
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4.5

Breath is a strong entry in Ki-duk's ever growing list of films, positioning itself among his best work.

3-Iron poster

3-Iron

by Kim Ki-duk
Also known as
Bin-jip
Specifics
South-Korea [2004] - 88 mins
Genre
Drama, Romance
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4.5

3-Iron is a silent journey, following two characters who don't talk to each other directly, but understand each other's feelings all too well. To be a witness to that feels like something special.

Dream poster

Dream

by Kim Ki-duk
Also known as
Bi-Mong
Specifics
South-Korea [2008] - 95 mins
Genre
Drama, Mystery
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4.5

Since Bin-Jip, only Shi Gan was a small disappointment. Apart from that one, Ki-duk seems to be on a roll with a string of near-masterpieces almost uncontested by any other director.

Pieta poster

Pieta

by Kim Ki-duk
Specifics
South-Korea [2012] - 104 mins
Genre
Drama
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4.5

Pieta is a pretty complete package. The film looks great, has a superb soundtrack, two extremely impressive leads and a boatload of symbolism for those who enjoy that kind of thing.

The Bow poster

The Bow

by Kim Ki-duk
Also known as
Hwal
Specifics
South-Korea [2005] - 90 mins
Genre
Drama
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4.5

The Bow is a pretty logical evolution in Ki-duk's career. It includes many of the themes and stylistic choices from his older films while still lacking the slick execution of his newer ones.

The good stuff

Time poster

Time

by Kim Ki-duk
Also known as
Shi Gan
Specifics
Japan, South Korea [2006] - 97 mins
Genre
Drama, Mystery, Romance
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4.0
Samaritan Girl poster

Samaritan Girl

by Kim Ki-duk
Also known as
Samaria
Specifics
South Korea [2004] - 95 mins
Genre
Drama
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4.0
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring poster

Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring

by Kim Ki-duk
Also known as
Bom Yeoreum Gaeul Gyeoul Geurigo Bom
Specifics
South Korea, Germany [2003] - 103 mins
Genre
Drama, Romance
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4.0
Address Unknown poster

Address Unknown

by Kim Ki-duk
Also known as
Suchwiin Bulmyeong
Specifics
South Korea [2001] - 117 mins
Genre
Drama, War
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4.0
Bad Guy poster

Bad Guy

by Kim Ki-duk
Also known as
Nabbeun Namja
Specifics
South Korea [2001] - 100 mins
Genre
Drama
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4.0
The Isle poster

The Isle

by Kim Ki-duk
Also known as
Seom
Specifics
South Korea [2000] - 90 mins
Genre
Drama, Thriller
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4.0
Wild Animals poster

Wild Animals

by Kim Ki-duk
Also known as
Yasaeng Dongmul Bohoguyeog
Specifics
South Korea [1996] - 105 mins
Genre
Comedy, Crime, Drama
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4.0

Solid pieces

Arirang poster

Arirang

by Kim Ki-duk
Specifics
South Korea [2011] - 100 mins
Genre
Documentary, Drama
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3.5
The Coast Guard poster

The Coast Guard

by Kim Ki-duk
Also known as
Hae Anseon
Specifics
South Korea [2002] - 91 mins
Genre
Action, Drama, War
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3.5
Real Fiction poster

Real Fiction

by Kim Ki-duk
Also known as
Shilje Sanghwang
Specifics
South Korea [2000] - 69 mins
Genre
Crime, Drama
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3.5
Birdcage Inn poster

Birdcage Inn

by Kim Ki-duk
Also known as
Paran Daemun
Specifics
South Korea [1998] - 105 mins
Genre
Drama
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3.5

The inoffensive

Amen poster

Amen

by Kim Ki-duk
Specifics
South Korea [2011] - 72 mins
Genre
Drama
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3.0
Crocodile poster

Crocodile

by Kim Ki-duk
Also known as
Ag-o
Specifics
South Korea [1996] - 102 mins
Genre
Drama
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3.0

Big nopes

Venice 70: Future Reloaded poster

Venice 70: Future Reloaded

by Hala Abdallah, John Akomfrah, Catherine Breillat, Júlio Bressane, Rama Burshtein, Antonio Capuano, Peter Ho-Sun Chan, Isabel Coixet, Amiel Courtin-Wilson, Claire Denis, Lav Diaz, Amit Dutta, Atom Egoyan, Aleksey Fedorchenko, Frédéric Fonteyne, James Franco, Lluís Galter, Haile Gerima, Aleksey German, Amos Gitai, Sang-soo Hong, Benoît Jacquot, Zhangke Jia, Semih Kaplanoglu, Abbas Kiarostami, Yorgos Lanthimos, Pablo Larraín, Tobias Lindholm, Guido Lombardi, Jazmín López, Samuel Maoz, Pietro Marcello, Brillante Mendoza, Celina Murga, Amir Naderi, Shirin Neshat, Nicolás Pereda, Franco Piavoli, Giuseppe Piccioni, Edgar Reitz, João Pedro Rodrigues, Walter Salles, Paul Schrader, Ulrich Seidl, Luca Severi, Sion Sono, Jean-Marie Straub, Tusi Tamasese, Tariq Teguia, Pablo Trapero, Athina Rachel Tsangari, Teresa Villaverde, Bing Wang, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Andrew Wonder, Yonfan, Krzysztof Zanussi, Karim Aïnouz, Bernardo Bertolucci, Jan Cvitkovic, Davide Ferrario, Monte Hellman, Marlen Khutsiev, Milcho Manchevski, Franco Maresco, Salvatore Mereu, Ermanno Olmi, Michele Placido, Todd Solondz, Shekhar Kapur, Heeraz Marfatia, Kim Ki-duk, Shinya Tsukamoto
Specifics
USA [2013] - 120 mins
Genre
Documentary
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