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Kim Ki-duk


“I always ask myself one question: what is human? What does it mean to be human? Maybe people will consider my new films brutal again. But this violence is just a reflection of what they really are, of what is in each one of us to certain degree.”



One of the most controversial Korean directors, Kim Ki-duk is a self-taught filmmaker who prides himself on his outsider status, openly setting himself apart from contemporaries like Hong Sang-soo and Lee Chang-dong, who he considers too intellectual. Kim’s films have drawn vitriol for their subject matter and praise for their technique, and he has often been compared to his predecessor Kim Ki-young, who was also self-taught and whose films bear a much less brutal, but equally eccentric, personal stamp. Born in a mountainous village, Kim moved with his family to Seoul at the age of nine. During his teenage years he dropped out of school and worked in factories, and at the age of 20, he began a five-year stint in the marines, the toughest and most demanding branch of the Korean military. These early experiences would inspire the gritty milieu and dim view of human relationships that characterize his films. A painter since childhood, Kim went to France in 1990, where he studied art and… read more


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Pegah Sayyadi


So far have watched "Spring, summer,..", The Isle, Bad Guy, Time and The Coast Guard. Gonna go for Crocodile as the next one. Any other suggestions?

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too few people have seen Crocodile, sadly. it's such a crucial reference to his cinematic themes. & that underwater sequence at the end is a gorgeous watercolour painting w/ film, of love & redemption (w/out pushing it).

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Tyler Aikens


Kim ki-duk: The prince of Hit-or-miss

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what about CROCODILE? the best kim ki duk for me


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