Kim Ki-duk's "3-Iron" ends with a reminder, printed on the screen , the gist of which is that we can't always distinguish reality from dreams. After finished watching this movie, i thought a long time on how to write a meaningful review, without spoiling away things for a viewer. But then the spoilers are not plot-centered, so i thought these revelations are not going to disturb a viewer's experience.
A haunting film is one that relentlessly stays with the viewer for hours, or even days, after a viewing. Its memory refuses to diminish and it demands reflection. This enigmatic and in some ways maddening motion picture has the power to haunt every viewer it reaches.
PlotTae-suk (played by Jae Hee) is a gentle drifter who places advertising fliers on the doors of houses and apartments. When he returns and finds a flier still on the door knob, he knows he's found an empty house. It's not a fool-proof system -- sometimes people return early, or, in the case of Sun-hwa (Lee Seung-yeon), the abused wife of a wealthy brute, they sometimes hide in their own houses.
Though he's broken into her home, Sun-hwa observes the young man and is touched by his fastidiousness and care. After her husband returns, and continues to abuse her, she escapes with Tae-suk into his wandering life, and into the homes of strangers. One day, Tae-suk is arrested on suspicion of murder when he and Sun-hwa break into the home of an old man -- an old man who just happens to be already lying dead on the kitchen floor.
Some strange and violent and inexplicably beautiful things then happen to Tae-suk while he's languishing in jail. Sun-hwa, meanwhile, having been returned to her husband, awaits the release of her lover.
Analysis"3-Iron" is a rare love story between two ethereally beautiful young people, neither of whom says a word to the other, throughout the movie. Although almost nobody talks in "3-Iron," the film is far from silent. You become aware of ambient noises that might go unheard over the clamor of constant conversation. Tae-suk never talks and Sun-hwa only has a few lines near the end.