films seen
22
average score
3.77*
nationality
South-Korea - 59 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 know 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 know 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 know 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.

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Dream

by Kim Ki-duk
Also know 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.

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The Bow

by Kim Ki-duk
Also know 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

Samaritan Girl poster

Samaritan Girl

by Kim Ki-duk
Also know as: Samaria
Specifics: South Korea [2004] - 95 mins
Genre: Drama
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4.0

Vintage Ki-duk. That means a mature and warm drama with some raw and dark edges and a healthy dose of non-verbal communication. The acting is superb, the plot is intriguing and the soundtrack on point. Not Ki-duk's most visually impressive film, but apart from that an amazing film that is equal amounts of warm drama and punch in the gut.

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The Isle

by Kim Ki-duk
Also know as: Seom
Specifics: South Korea [2000] - 90 mins
Genre: Drama, Thriller
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4.0
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Human, Space, Time and Human

by Kim Ki-duk
Also know as: Inkan, Gongkan, Sikan Grigo Inkan
Specifics: South Korea [2018] - 122 mins
Genre: Horror, Mystery
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4.0

Kim Ki-duk reinventing himself. Human, Space, Time and Human isn't a typical character drama, instead it's a violent allegory not quite unlike Aronofsky's Mother! Raw, unflinching and dark, but also intriguing, powerful and one of a kind. No doubt one of his most divisive films, but I was pleasantly surprised by this one.

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Time

by Kim Ki-duk
Also know as: Shi Gan
Specifics: Japan, South Korea [2006] - 97 mins
Genre: Drama, Romance, Mystery
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4.0
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring poster

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

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

Address Unknown

by Kim Ki-duk
Also know as: Suchwiin Bulmyeong
Specifics: South Korea [2001] - 117 mins
Genre: Drama, War
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4.0
Wild Animals poster

Wild Animals

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

Solid pieces

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The Net

by Kim Ki-duk
Also know as: Geumul
Specifics: South Korea [2016] - 114 mins
Genre: Drama
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3.5

Ki-duk takes on both Koreas. And of course he doesn't pull any punches, but that's par for the course. There's slightly less attention for the characters, instead Ki-duk has a point to drive home, which at times stands in the way of the drama. But he's a skilled director and there's plenty to like here, though it doesn't quite compare with his best work.

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Arirang

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

The Coast Guard

by Kim Ki-duk
Also know as: Hae Anseon
Specifics: South Korea [2002] - 91 mins
Genre: Drama, Action, War
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3.5
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Bad Guy

by Kim Ki-duk
Also know as: Nabbeun Namja
Specifics: South Korea [2001] - 100 mins
Genre: Drama
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3.5
Real Fiction poster

Real Fiction

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

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

The inoffensive

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Amen

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

by Kim Ki-duk
Also know 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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