Kim Ki-Duk’s latest film Arirang takes a self-critical gaze on the director’s life in the form of an experimental documentary. After witnessing a near-death accident with his lead actress, Lee Na-Yeong, on the set of his 2008 picture Dream, the filmmaker became emotionally shaken and took a temporary leave from his work. His 2011 entry Arirang is a reaction to that experience. Synopsis below (via Cannes):

“Arirang is
about Kim Ki-duk
playing 3 roles in 1.
Through Arirang I climb over one hill in life.
Through Arirang I understand human beings, thank the nature, and accept my life as it is now.

We are now…
in the terrestrial world lurking with desires,
in the ghostly world lurking with sorrow
in the imaginary world lurking with dreams,
with no beginning nor end,
slowly going crazy.

What is affection that it still remains all around me decaying?
It’s still stuck to the crown of my head, testing my emotions.
It’s still hiding deep within my heart, testing my sense of compassion.
If I didn’t give my heart, they would be bad people erased from memories but if I gave my heart, I couldn’t let them go till the day that I die as despicable people.
Ah…
Arirang
Alright
Let’s mercilessly kill each other in our hearts till we die.

Even today
I hold back as I get angry
I laugh as I get jealous
I love as I despise
And forgive as I quiver with the urge to kill.
Wait
I will kill
Myself, who remembers you”

The trailer embedded below:


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