Reviews

Arirang

3

A confessional portrait of the artist as a nutty middle-aged man

In 2008 the lead actress in Kim Ki-duk’s (The Isle) last movie Dream almost died when a hanging scene went wrong. Since then the director’s been living in self-imposed exile in a rundown cabin.

This indulgent, self-shot doc delves into his fractured mental state as he literally talks to himself in a rambling video diary.

From doing straight-to-camera “You talkin’ to me?” monologues to bitching about past collaborators, it’s a confessional portrait of the artist as a nutty middle-aged man and a rare insight into a controversial director who’s as divisive as the 38th Parallel.

Film Details

User Reviews

    • FBSHarrigan

      May 30th 2012, 17:21

      This seems like it could be an interesting watch. Personal diaries can come off as a bit self indulgent, but work very well if they are sincere. I like the idea of a man exploring his own fractured mind. This film kind of reminds me of the movie Spider, but a documentary about a real director, and less Cronenberg. The concept is similar at least. Spider was a wonderful and very sad film, so I am predicting good things. If this captures a fraction of the atmosphere and torment of the Spider achieved, it will be worthwhile. http://www.videodetective.com/movies/spider/76072#.T8ZVwtWWeJQ

      Alert a moderator

Most Popular