Winner of the Un Certain Regard Award at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival, Arirang is film director Kim Ki duk’s long-anticipated and triumphant documentary about his self-imposed exile and solitude.
While shooting a suicide scene for his 2008 film, Dream, the lead actress nearly perished. The incident triggered an emotional and creative breakdown for the director. As an act of self-administered therapy, Ki-duk traces his experiences and mindset during his period of breakdown and crisis.
“This startling, fascinating and bizarre film is in some ways the strangest arthouse event of the year.” The Guardian