Director: Kim Ki-duk

South Korea, documentary drama, 2011, 100 min
This autobiographical film addresses a personal crisis the famous South Korean film director Kim Ki-duk went through, sparked by a betrayal by one of his student filmmakers and an incident during the filming of his previous film “Dream“ (Bi-mong, 2008), where the lead actress tried to commit suicide. For Lithuanian audiences the well-known South Korean director comes back with an existential mediation about filmmaking. In a text released about the film, Kim writes that “through ‘Arirang’ I understand human beings, thank nature, and accept my life as it is now“.
2011 – Best Film Award in Un Certain Regard section at the Cannes Film Festival (France).
About the director:
Kim Ki-duk was born in South Korea, in 1960. After studying art in Paris, Kim Ki-duk returned to South Korea and began his career as a screenwriter. He made his directorial debut with a low-budget movie, “Crocodile” (Ag-o) in 1996. Since then, Kim Ki-duk has been hailed by both critics and audiences for his hard-to-express characters, shocking visuals, and unprecedented stories. He continued making internationally acclaimed films such as “Samaritan Girl” (Samaria, 2004) which won the Silver Bear Award (Best Director Award) at the 54th Berlin International Film Festival along with “3-Iron” (Bin-jip, 2004), which won the Silver Lion Award (Special Award for Best Direction) at the 61st Venice Film Festival.
Section: All the Muses

Screenplay: Kim Ki-duk

Dir. of Photography: Kim Ki-duk

Music: Kim Ki-duk

Cast: Kim Ki-duk