3-Iron (빈집, Bin-jip, meaning Empty House) is a 2004 Korean film directed by Ki-Duk Kim. The movie follows a silent transient, Tae-suk (played by Jae Hee), as he breaks into and occupies empty residences.
Tae-suk, a loner with a motorbike, drives around and tapes takeout menus over the keyholes of doors in an attempt to find the next place for him to stay. In the evening, he goes back and checks for residences where the menus have not been removed, breaks in and lives in the residence while the owners are away. During his stay, Tae-suk often does chores and repairs broken items which usually play a minor role as the film progresses.
Eventually, Tae-suk breaks into and stays in a large home which, unbeknownst to him, is occupied by an abused housewife, Sun-hwa (played by Seung-yeon Lee). The two develop a silent relationship as Sun-hwa follows Tae-suk in his transient lifestyle until the two end up in trouble with the law at which point Sun-hwa is forced to go back to her husband and Tae-suk ends up in jail. During his stay, Tae-suk develops the powers of stealth and concealment. After being released, Tae-suk attempts to rejoin Sun-hwa while remaining undetected by her husband. During this time the line between dream and reality blurs, leaving the viewer wondering what is real and what is imaginary.
- 2004 Venice International Film Festival
- Won - Best Director Award, FIPRESCI Best Film Award
- Won - Little Golden Lion Award
- Won - SIGNIS Award
- Nomination - Golden Lion Award
- 2004 Valladolid Film Festival
- Won - Golden Spike Award (Best Film)
- 2004 Busan International Film Festival
- Won - Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema
- Nomination - Chlotrudis Award
- 2004 Blue Dragon Film Awards
- 2004 Korean Film Awards
- 2005 David di Donatello Awards
- 2005 Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists
- Nomination - Silver Ribbon Award
- 2005 San Sebastián International Film Festival
- Won - FIPRESCI Film of the Year
- 2006 Chlotrudis Awards
|3-Iron Theatrical Trailer||Clip: The ending of the film|