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Kim Ki Duk showcase: ARIRANG

What After an uncharacteristic three-year break from filmmaking, the prolific South Korean auteur Kim Di-duk made the personal documentary Arirang (2011) and won the Golden Lion for the crime-drama Pieta (2012) at the Venice Film Festival. SFS Talkies is proud to present the Singapore premiere of the two latest award-wining films by the acclaimed director.
When 27 July 2013 (Saturday) - 28 July 2013 (Sunday), 7:30pm
Where The Arts House
Screening Room The Arts House 1 Old Parliament Lane Singapore 179429

Film Screening: $12 for public, $8.50 discount for SFS Members 

Tickets available at The Arts House box office or

27 & 28 July, 7:30pm



Dir. Kim Ki-duk

2011 | South Korea | 100 min | Digibeta | Rating: PG13: Some Coarse Language & Nudity



·        Cannes Film Festival: Won Un Certain Regard Award


Like Jafar Panahi’s This Is Not a Film (2011), Arirang sees director Kim Ki-duk pointing the camera at himself.  But unlike Panahi’s film, it is no political statement of intent.  Rather, Arirang captures the talented filmmaker attempting to find and reconciliate with himself via the medium that he loves best. 

The documentary addresses a personal crisis Kim went through, sparked by a near-fatal incident during the shooting of his 2008 film, Dream, where the lead actress nearly died while hanging from a rope in a suicide scene, and by the departure of two of his close colleagues, including his assistant director Jang Hoon. 

The title of the film comes from a Korean folk song, and Kim wrote that it is through Arirang that he could understand human beings, thank nature and accept his life as it is now.  Very much a self-portrait, the film explains why he took a hiatus from filmmaking and is an insightful look into his mind, heart and occasionally tortured soul.  The most fascinating aspect for the viewer is trying to ascertain if Kim’s words and emotions come from the heart or are self-indulgently staged for the camera. 


About the Director Kim Ki-Duk

After studying art in Paris, Kim Ki-duk returned to South Korea and began his career as a screenwriter and made his directorial debut with a low-budget movie called Crocodile in 1996.  From the time he released his first film, he stirred up a sensational response from critics.  After every film of his was released, Kim was evaluated and hailed by both critics and the audience for his hard-to-express characters, shocking visuals, and unprecedented messages.  The characters that appeared in his films were from the lowest trenches of society and were not welcomed anywhere.  In such extreme circumstances, Kim drew out the innocence deep within the characters' hearts through a grotesque and malicious struggle. 


After his works had been selected by international film festivals, his name has grown in value and the general audience started to show some interest.  He continued to make internationally acclaimed films such as Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter … and Spring (2003), which was submitted to the Foreign Language Film section of the Academy Awards to represent Korean cinema, and Samaritan Girl (2004), which won the Silver Bear Award (Best Director Award) at the 54th Berlin International Film Festival. (From HanCinema: The Korean Movie & Drama Database)