TIFF 2011: Five Most Promising Documentaries #1 – Trailer For Kim Ki-duk’s ‘Arirang’

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One of the most prolific and controversial modern fimmakers, Kim Ki-duk, a self-taught Korean director noted for his idiosyncratic art-house cinematic works is back at TIFF. Sixteen movies in fifteen years, over two dozen wins and another two dozen nominations from famous film festivals around the world. In other words, this dude rocks. Now after an absence of three years, Ki-duk returns with Arirang, a film which addresses a personal crisis Kim went through, sparked by an incident during the filming of his last film, Dream, where the lead actress nearly died by hanging. The titles comes from a Korean folk song with the same title. In a heavily line-broken text released about the film, Kim writes that “Through Arirang I understand human beings, thank the nature, and accept my life as it is now.

Arirang premiered in the Un Certain Regard section of the 2011 Cannes Film Festival, and won the section’s top award for best film.

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