Kim Ki-duk (김기덕)

Kim Ki-duk (김기덕)

Kim Ki-duk is without a doubt the most prolific and recognizable Korean director. This is not without irony however, as while he enjoys international success – particularly at festivals – domestically he is often snubbed by audiences.

The reason for such opposing audience reaction is due to the content within his films, which is often an uncompromising examination of people and communities on the fringes of society. By shining a spotlight on those who are generally overlooked, Kim Ki-duk portrays the fraught, violent, misogynistic, and occasionally sexually violent lives his protagonists lead with gritty realism. As such Kim Ki-duk has become synonymous with the cinematic portrayal of ‘han’, the feeling of sadness and oppression, that lies within traditional Korean culture. Such content is generally appreciated by art house fans, but less so by those who feel their culture is being unfairly criticized – worse still when such criticisms are being aired to an international audience.

Arguably 2003 was Kim Ki-duk’s international breakthrough with the thoughtful, slow-paced  Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter…and Spring (봄, 여름, 가을, 겨울 그리고 봄), which depicted the life of a Buddhist monk and his young protege while encapsulating features of Buddhist philosophy.

In addition to being highly critical of Korean culture and society, Kim Ki-duk  also has a distaste for the Korean film system, preferring instead to operate as an independent director. This philosophy led to his critically acclaimed 2011 work Arirang (아리랑) in which he aired his anger and frustration, and was awarded the ‘Un Certain Regard’ prize at the Cannes Film Festival.

Director Kim then followed with more international acclaim in the form of Pieta (피에타), which was awarded the Golden Lion prize (best film) at the 2012 Venice International Film Festival – the first Korean film to do so.

Filmography

(please click on the image to be taken to the review)

One on One (일대일)

One on One (일대일)

Moebius (뫼비우스)

Moebius (뫼비우스)

Pieta (피에타)

Pieta (피에타)

Arirang (아리랑)

Arirang (아리랑)

Amen (아멘)

Amen (아멘)

 

 

 

 

Dream (비몽)

Dream (비몽)

Breath (숨)

Breath (숨)

Time (시간)

Time (시간)

The Bow (활)

The Bow (활)

3-Iron (빈집)

3-Iron (빈집)

 

 

Samaria (사마리아)

Samaria (사마리아)

Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter...and Spring (봄, 여름, 가을, 겨울 그리고 봄)

Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter…and Spring (봄, 여름, 가을, 겨울 그리고 봄)

The Coast Guard (해안선)

The Coast Guard (해안선)

Bad Guy (나쁜 남자)

Bad Guy (나쁜 남자)

Address Unknown (수취인 불명)

Address Unknown (수취인 불명)  

 

 

 

 

 

 

Real Fiction (실제 상황)

Real Fiction (실제 상황)

The Isle (섬)

The Isle (섬)

Bird Cage Inn (파란 대문)

Bird Cage Inn (파란 대문)

Wild Animals (야생동물 모호구역)

Wild Animals (야생동물 모호구역)

Crocodile (악어)

Crocodile (악어)

 

 

 

 

One on One (일대일) – 2014

Moebius (뫼비우스) – 2013

Pieta (피에타) – 2012

Arirang (아리랑) – 2011

Amen (아멘) – 2011

Dream (비몽) – 2008

Breath (숨) – 2007

Time (시간) – 2006

The Bow (활) – 2005

3-Iron (빈집) – 2004

Samaria (사마리아) – 2003

Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter…and Spring (봄, 여름, 가을, 겨울 그리고 봄) – 2003

The Coast Guard (해안선) – 2002

Bad Guy (나쁜 남자) – 2001

Address Unknown (수취인 불명) – 2001

Real Fiction (실제 상황) – 2000

The Isle (섬) – 1999

Bird Cage Inn (파란 대문) – 1998

Wild Animals (야생동물 모호구역) – 1997

Crocodile (악어) – 1996

Kim Ki-duk at the Cannes Film Festival 2011

Kim Ki-duk at the Cannes Film Festival 2011

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