(Arirang a 2011 South Korean documentary film by Kim Ki-duk. The film addresses a personal crisis Kim went through, sparked by an incident during the filming of his previous film, Dream, where the lead actress nearly died by hanging, and by the departure of a couple of close colleagues.)
By Kim Ki Duk
Arirang Ready? Action! And then the actors begin to recite their lines express different emotions and so on. There are differences between the roles of angels who say good things and roles to bad they say bad things is advantageous for the actors reciting bad parts? prefer to do the good or bad? Actors really like cruel and explosive roles Actors .. Ready? Action! What did you just say? What did you just say? What did you just say? What did you just say? Kim Ki-duk What are you doing? Because now you can not make a movie? What is wrong with you? Now I can not make films. So I take myself. Going back to myself, I confess my life, as a director and as a human being. Around a movie about myself It could be a documentary, a drama or fantasy genre I interpret the characters that I would like the protagonists of my films. I can … take the camera and film There is nothing scheduled but I need to shoot something to be happy So I film myself There is a movie I want to run. is about … an American soldier who fought in the Korean War. after 30 years, before dying, returns to search for the body .. of the person killed. Being old he returns to Korea and goes to a village. Buys Himself a shovel and salt on a mountain. begins to dig around, but can not find the corpse. and about to give up and leave, when he meets a woman. This woman helps him search for the body. He returns to His self from the past, a soldier in the Korean War He takes up to rilfe and starts wearing a uniform Returning to His Old Self. Only then can he find the body. Then he takes the body. Then he lets it go. While still ill, goes to a shaman and meets the spirits of the dead woman. This is the synopsis Trying to make this film I also spoke with Willem Dafoe But the circumstances are not favorable I would do, but for different reasons, I can not. Crying Would not turn into love As if to console me with tears. You can also go But you can not go more Do you like living in a tent in the middle of the countryside? Do you like? Tell me Living in a shack so cold That you have to put a tent in it? Drink all day like this? Kim Ki-duk, tell me Why do you insist on living like this for three years, from 2008? You’re not shooting the film? Give up everything? So you will reduce drinking every day? That’s why they say you are totally depressed. People are so sorry that you are The world-renowned director embittered by betrayals, lies somewhere in the mountains no more contact with the film industry. Why do you do this? Do you think this is right? But why the hell you live like this? In a place where water freezes in cold weather. A wretched place with not even a bathroom in it This you call life? Where are the plates then? What are you? A dog? Eat in a dog bowl Why live like this? Where’s the laundry? It seems that for years do not wash your clothes And what happens to the atlas? What has happened since 2008? And because of the incident in the prison during the filming of “Dream”? And that actress in the scene of the hanging? Have you run away to another cell to cry, and so? It was an accident! Admit that you’re scared You did not expect really, huh? Seeing her hanging there you scared me to death But you climbed a ladder and you saved her. So what’s the problem? Do you think if I had not acted quickly you could kill someone during the filming of a movie? Think of this scares you to death? And then you decided to stop making movies? Due to this shock? Tell me, you bastard! Are you connecting to the internet? Many are waiting for your film Do what you can, whatever it is. You’re so weak? You’ve done 15 films. There Have Been That many incidents of type I hate to see you in this state. Many people are waiting for your movie, baby Whether one person or one of Hundreds, you have to do your job! Instead, you stay locked up here Spend your days … in the wild Do you like living like this? At any time you decide to live like this. Why now? Dude, you’re still young! But thus wasting your time .. I’m not saying do not make sense Maybe you need it. Life was already hard before shooting “Spring, summer, autumn, winter” Just as then it’s time to wonder. But this time going for long Three years have passed now, we are now in 2011. Three long years. People are wondering about you. In many expect your film Think about it. Perhaps you’ve already said everything in these 15 movies. But I do not think That you are so traumatized. Because of the incident ah you dinner in shock, right? Just look at the movies When he was in post-production already wrote his next film. Then shot and edited and wrote the next movie! You wrote, preproducted, edited and produced all by yourself. A lot of work That’s why you run out. And like I’s block Many of your fans want to learn from you. Of course, I know I know you hurt To accept someone who waited hours in the rain to learn something from you and those who desperately begged in the mail … And then, five years later. have left that capitalism sucks And life and you know very well The people come and go. Many Came to Tell You That They respected you, but then they went away in disgust Whether it was your moral values or their personality problems, people can never stay together long. Because everyone has their own dreams persuasion and Choose Their Own Dreams and Desires. Nobody puts friendship first of these things Do you feel hurt because they were like family to you. You know life’s like this When you get close to someone, then you walk away and vice versa. We can not continue eating the same thing. I love the contours. This is life, you said it in many movies The way I see it, you are not living like in the movies. You are not as Determined and resolute as the characters you created. If those people could see you would be sorry for you. In your film there are many strong characters like wild animals. But because you are so I would say “so naive”? Whatever you say I can not give a clear answer I do not care how much you push me I can not I can not say anything What should I say? I should say the accident during the filming of the movie If the result was fatal for someone … would assume that meant the film? Movies are so important? It is natural that I was shocked As director, I was responsible for And I was also the screenwriter and producer I was responsible for everything that could happen. If that had happened. . something actress .. , and if she died for my idea and because of my film? would have been devastating How could I justify it? So many words as on No, it happened, like you said and Actress fainted and then recovered is not even aware of what happened and Despite this I was shocked by what would have happened And as a result of trauma look at my past life, I reflect on how I shot my films And I think to what we should do from now on I was sad and troubled because I am a director Should I continue to do so? What are the movies? If someone died because of images and stories that I have created, would be really terrible! I was shocked by the incident, but I also lived a good time As I had these 15 films, I wanted the realistic detail Several times and It Happened That Almost Got hurt people will drink with you, friend Very good is not a speech. . about being good or bad. Basically .. I need time to think back on my movies After That incident, I can not write anymore. But I still have much to say There are some stunts in that movie And scenes that involve ethical and moral issues. I keep thinking if it is really the case to make films like that In the past, when i finished one Instantly I Worked on the next one, as if I were a car So I started making a movie Each year. I did so. And that’s how I got where I am now awarded at festivals in Venice and Berlin and invited to Cannes. My films were distributed in many countries At the time I was very happy and thankful So what? Friend, you’re depressing. I thought I was through with directing. film, “Dream” was like a dream. The next film was to talk about death. But the meaning of death is changed after the accident. To me death was a doorway to another world of mystical but I understood that death may be a crime … that shatters the dreams of a person , which can shorten the life of a person And then life has become difficult After my first movie “Crocodile” The Death Treated with care. One can not understand death or talk about it easily without having first experienced It can be considered a form of hope Death and only … Now I consider … white turns black. Simple. You write movies, books, poems about death It is processed to give birth to abstract concepts. But death is like a cliff. And like a door that closes A light goes off. Death is … very different from you and now. Making movies with death in the scene … In many films of today die from hammers or axes. And then? A part of me longs to return to filmmaking Immediately Truly “I have to make a movie right now” What if I forgot how? ” there is also this desire in me, you know? A little ‘ Just a little … and I reached the goal I set for myself Winning a Grand Prix in a festival, or reach a worldwide box office records People work and expect results, not so? Something that no Korean film has ever reached It is said that Korean films are improved but none has received as the other Grand Prix in a prestigious festival I do not know why, but Let me be the first to do so. And humanly understandable, after all So I continued to write, pushing me to make films But the obsession has complicated things. I felt stifled and locked, because of this obsession. Before “Dream that I did in 2008, I was not so rushing as fast as a runner on the track! I kept running … no distractions is how I made my 15 films. So, this explains why those films are rough, naive, innocent and very rushed. Immediate. Some critics appreciate others crushed Them Them to part of the public hates Them, the other loves Them I made those movies like crazy But then I realized it was not right I’m not saying I’m right, but there is a difference I have lived and made films with passion. I had never had a decent job before becoming a director I am very happy to be a director, and a respectable one. Worked at the factory at a recycling metall Producing electric devices. Also I did street art. Back then I always felt alone and felt sorry for myself I never thought of getting respect from people. But after he began making films … do not know … I became a so-called “world-class filmmaker.” you know My films are seen in Europe in Latin America in the United States, Russia, in Germany, Eastern Europe. Even in Israel I was really gratified by the fact that my films were seen in the world I was happy and proud Obviously it was not all roses I have also received much criticism Many have criticized both at home and abroad saying that my films are rough does not matter if it deals with themes that touch the heart, for they are still crude How can I explain? It was so … Making films was happy for me to work But suddenly and was like being hit by a hammer. I wished the best for people who had worked with me I offered the opportunity to work for my two assistant directors. One has “Rough Cut ‘on my script The other shot “Beautiful” assistants have become directors and have received many appreciations After “Rough Cut ‘ director Jang Hun has received many offers from major to make movies with them Bu he stayed loyal and Decided to make two more movies with me. I’m grateful for this. But while preparing “Poongsan” the producer and the director of “Rough Cut” left. People would say “treason” That’s what I think too. but I prefer to say .. he left. They left to make their interests Just Like When They Came to me in the first place. For Their Own Gain. It was agreed to without my knowledge with large houses With whom I could talk about it? For months I have been tormented with these thoughts. Those two who let me … in the midst of my shock resulting in a “Dream I was flooded with a lot of doubts about the craft of cinema. Leave it that way. It was wrong. Had they come to talk to me I would have laid off, I did so. But fled like cowards If I had been told clearly that they wanted to make films with big houses and take the opportunity I would not hurt so much famous actors were involved, but they took a chance and they are gone. could not argue on this point This still makes me sick and … in the relations between people … Seems everything made of opportunism Perhaps I behaved That Way too. No, no, not true … I am nothing like that! They are different from me. This sort of thing confused me I thought a lot about how they could do this to me articles Media Were Saying That I Had Been Betrayed by my staff. Many have expressed their sorrow- and wrote to console me. Fearing bad Consequences For Him I wrote to defend the director. I Have Been Praised for Being so compassionately forgiving. But there is one question That saddens me It’s all very sad I do not know what I’m saying .. And the only reason I’m not doing films at this time I’m not sure why I can not manage it. I was shocked .. during the filming of a movie And some people hurt me. people are terrifying. I gave them my heart. There were others like them Like a bolt from the blue. I have been stabbed to the heart And so I lost confidence My role as a director meant little to me It was really sad I thought, ‘This is life? “. certainly was not so Our films tell great stories, right? Watch the TV news – Those are fantastic stories. But They Also show you what horrible things you can do In some news we can understand how people can be exceptional And from there it comes the strength to live. You who ask me questions … These you are also Kim Ki-duk Not the Kim Ki Duk of the Moment Kim Ki Duk You are the spontaniously who watches my life Thank you for these questions Listen to my speeches that sound like moans or justification. Thank you for the opportunity given to me by talking about it. I appreciate that The incredible thing Is that in my life at this moment I feel at home. Why I came here just now? I ‘m really Asking myself this. But part of me knows that I should not My dream is to live and make movies in different Countries Go where there are my fans, make a movie and then leave again. might seem a fantastic But I can not do it if I’m here What am I talking about? In this cabin where there is nobody who I’m talking about? With whom I am confessing? With no one. No one is listening to me. The machine that I did. for coffee The chairs that I have done I think that they listen to my stories. This wicked world My love indifferent Your love has been here But you leave I can not help but cry Arirang Arirang Arariyo Arirang hills Please When I sing this song I can understand all Arirang, Arirang Arirang hills, send me, please Arirang I heard that … read in Chinese characters the word means “self-assertion.” To me Arirang hills are … the hills of life. They go up and down, up and down Arirang They go on go down are back on fall down Then come back to climb Then down They go on go down They go on then back down are back to climb … and go on They live so This is This is Why weeps that crazy? Stop crying, crazy I get depressed. Boys .. And so much fun. I never thought of being a good speaker. Yes, you are! I never thought I’m saying what comes to mind. You see that you are good I’m talking about Profound Experiences of My Life. This body hears You think too much … Basically, I think that the word that sums up my life so far is “loneliness” I did not have any friends My only friend at school was mixed race, people despised him My only friend was the son of an American soldier lost was present in my film “Address Unknown” He was the only one who liked me. Even though I was surrounded by people. I was basically a loner have not been able to go to school Sorta went to work in a factory machines which use them mended by the workers. As the only man, I was alone. propm’o I could not talk to people. I could not get along. So I have had many opportunities to observe their lives How they live and what they say And I struggled just to survive always worked in the factory always slept little and worked 15 years already. In short, my life was lonely and difficult That’s why I WAS Able Those stories to tell. Through your questions, look at my past life. I have no regrets there are not many like me The honors. We Will not Take Them to heaven or hell. People live their lives. And then life ends up as a diary Even if the events are recorded people in the past are no longer here. The fact that he left a mark on world history is not a guarantee of happiness in the hereafter. Do not you think? So that I live in this miserable hovel or do I face a big movie That makes me so happy I can not sleep That Mocks The People I Have Worked with there’s no big difference. We live under the law of inertia (Trägheit) Extend perspective and see that it is always the same thing Some things have value, other-not, but still we give importance I wondered why the I am here, then there’s the family … then there is society Even more up there the nation. And That Is the world above. regulated by the competition that decides winners and losers We consider the nation as a foundation Be loyal to the country you increase national prestige Ironically, artists and athletes based on this The director of a film I received a presidential commendation when I won in Venice and Berlin and a medal from the Order for Cultural Merit I do not know how much benefit it derives from my life. But they award prizes, gives the same community awards. Given this people might be confused and think that I make films to improve the nation’s image. While not these my intentions, this is what appears If I win a prize abroad, my country is a reward People will think it has enhanced the national prestige But if you look at my films carefully are things that embarrass the country All this is ironic. My films describe the chaos of life during different periods of transition in Korea To Say That I improved the image of the country by winning international awards Honestly, I Wonder If They have seen my films. Perhaps They would not give me the medal If They had. Rather weird, right? I’m trying to say that there are artists who work in that system It is inevitable Which Would Reject director to praise for receiving an international award? I accept and use it This is why art is so unique Take my film, for example the story from the life experiences termination When you show them to others There are some art others of the truth or different points of view of life. Still others are touched and grateful. What can I say? And a way to communicate But in essence, what are human beings, life, movies? Do not know the answers We use cameras or digital cameras to make movies employing people, images, and sounds … and in the form of a story come to these films to the public adorn them with good feelings, or contempt and despair in some cases, , or various other emotions … Some people like. others feel struck. Not only movies. Even our lives are steeped in emotion. Modern society is full of people who have lives that look like film The writers will draw inspiration and make us a movie In the city, in every nation, witnessing scenes that reveal the nature of human In a few seconds, let’s take a look at the life of someone and feel contempt Or we find a great and profound life. And so films only provide more extensive and systematic There are expressions of life around us far beyond the movies. I have not made a movie … in three years Sometimes I think I’m good just to continue to live this way Bud then … Also I feel That I am not really living my life. So I bought this camera Mark II. I can only use it to shoot myself. Can I say what I want, without needing a crew to make a film usually takes 30 or 40 people cameras are used huge sets and lighting, but just this is enough room. In the movies we TEND to Intervene too much The real film cameras require more light because of the diaphragm The cameras can shoot instead with natural light. This room can instead shoot with natural light. The camera captures the world as it is but there are too many embellishments. I have been using the Mark to shoot myself I can not make a film then I take myself. Now my life and a documentary. but also a drama Now I am an actor. Here’s what I think are the movies: a truth. There is no need for professional cameras or lights. There is too much preparation to capture a single moment I hate the logistical preparations for a film I’m worried Because They Say That My films are rough and technically poor. Admittedly, some people may think so. but for me it is not really that important. I’m shooting like I was in a drama Some would call it a documentary, but I think it is a drama As a writer I Constantly Think About how to make the film more dramatic, even now Perhaps I cried the first to dramatize the emotions more Maybe I played a little ‘ is not funny? Not having the actors and crew to make a film, get one even so! I want to make a movie now! I’m recovering and I’m playing because I want to make a film I want to make a film To Prove That I am still a director To be honest I forgot all about directing I have forgotten how to direct actors I do not know what is even more a movie captured my imagination and my voice with a camera like this that it is truth, form, or acting Is not this a movie? Sons of bitches. Sons of bitches! Bastards! Damn bastards! Motherfuckers that reveal their instincts playing gangsters. Die by the desire to make the bad guys, right? You want to fuck the world, right? You think I do not know? You masturbate with movies Damn bastards! The villain is the easiest! The easiest, assholes! Damn lousy bastards! You know the bad guys and do it easier, right? You have only to blow all the anger in you. insult, oppress people! Shoot with guns hit with an ax! Am I wrong? Now I’m doing what you call a fucking bastard! Do not brag to play well the role of villain. This only shows that you are evil! Hit the bottle, cut with an ax and shoot bullets! I can do it myself, faces of shit! damn bastards Hey, KJM Ki-duk Have you ever been questioned by your shadow? Your shadow from the sun. As your shadow I ask you something The question is What is the Most important thing in your life? I never thought this to be asked by my shadow. Since you ask me as my shadow. I should answer, right? In my life there is sadism, masochism and self-torture turturing the others, and turturing turtured Being Ourselves At the end, many are content with self-torture, right? I think that life is When like Gazoline enters the engine of a car. The pistons move as input, combustion and exhaust Then the pipe shaft rotates the wheel and the car moves That’s Life The same applies to the principles of electronics. Conductors, semiconductors and conductors That lead, no lead and lead sometimes. The principles of modern electronics. transistors and integrated circuits I think that human life is very similar I understand. Love, hate, contempt, lose, and understanding. These are items related to emotional experiences of people. the Supervisory principles of human There is no reason not to hate, hate honors understanding of human life Even so, we continue to forget it in a shortsighted view we need time to heal from the pain, hatred and to forgive interesting We Keep Ourselves Alive in feeding on plants and animal life. But we always contend mineral resources obtaining nuclear weapons and bombs This serves to human life exists in this world. The principle of the inevitable struggle already exists. Fighting, jealousy, hatred, forgiveness, understanding, and so on .. already exist in nature The struggle there among the trees, animals, minerals. Even the nuclear bomb, right? Where they found a force so devastating? has always been the principle. nuclear explosion, fission and fusion This technology is not different from that which moves men The mechanism of cars or cell phone, all derive from human nature So I think that life is … self-torture, sadism and masochism. self-Turtur, sadism and masochism. Go ahead -That’s why I make films, I want to highlight this. That the white and black are the same color. The Truth Is that we are fighting an inner fight. 8 4 Becomes Becomes Becomes 2 and 2 1. namely me. to the I Am 8. This is our life. l my films are based on these principles. There are people who understand and identify with my films with my thoughts on human life on the order that exists in nature may also share my thoughts. Now when i watch, and remember Mostly I Understand my movies In practice, what I mean … Is that human life is so insignificant. From the point of view of history, a human life and an infinitesimal part. How insignificant are our lives! We are as happy as if we had the whole world I’m not saying it’s wrong. express happiness as if the world was ours But we have never had it all It would not even be possible. The happiness that gives us victory in a race or a big win money positions to achieve high power or receive a prize with honor … These are games for children. I Never Consider this happiness in the light I am concerned most of the food grown in greenhouses We eat plants and animals pumped strength. A food grown with the force stress contains This stress comes directly to our body We live life by releasing the stress from this food People Turtur Each Other and make it even more difficult. I think that is a different order If it’s not like this it’s too tragic to accept. Thank you for your question, and leaving to speak my mind Thank you, Shadow. Shadow of Kim Ki-duk Thank you for making these questions to Kim Ki-duk All the festivals that I attended I miss them all If your film festivals I had not been discovered I would probably be a nobody Only a director … that failed at the box office. But When I Was Discovered I Was Given The Possibility of recognition even in Korea. My films were not successful in Korea, but … Kim Ki-duk … thanks to you, this name is now known. In spite of everything is not enough. The Korean company, and so sad and absent. This wicked world My love indifferent Your love and stayed here But you leave I can not help but cry Arirang Arariyo Arirang hills Send me, please. When the Koreans feel anxious, lonely, sad or want a person singing “Arirang Ari Rang .. And so embarrassing me again with a video camera. Even after 15 movies .. I think it’s the first time confession in this way. It’s the first time. I’m excited and nervous, I do not know what to say I want to make a film. I do not care if they say it’s boring. I do not care if they say they are no longer the same I just want to make a film, I do not care how When I make films I live the happiest moments of my life. But the demons will not let me do it. I really want to make movies I want to talk about the world about people and about what I’ve seen I killed this fruit … to live. The men feed on countless deaths Dead pigs, cows, chickens nourish us with the deaths of plants and animals It is inevitable for men Why is it so sad? Why life is so sad and depressing, every day. Because I am. It’s so cold. How to shoot questions to myself, without knowing the answers and January 4, 2011. I still believe that there is something out there But down there and really for me? It may be over for me? I have to spend the rest of my life in this hut? What … I can see? Honestly, I do not know. that’s waxed World My love indifferent Your love and stayed here But you leave can not help but cry Arirang Arirang Artrang Arirang Aranya Coltine Arirang Please Stop it Kim Ki-duk Stop it Kim Ki-duk Stop, you bastard! I told you to stop, fool! Stupid idiot. You Did not Know That this is life? You Knew it, you stupid bastard! Damn idiot You Do not Know That this is life? Ready! Action! Motherfuckers Traitors! I’m coming to kill you, wait will kill you! will kill me for pointing out scum like you. Ready! Action! This wicked World My love indifferent PAINTINGS PAINTINGS IN 1990 in Cap d’Agde, France Your love and stayed here But you leave I can not help but cry Arirang Artrang Arariyo hills Anrang Please This wicked World My love indifferent Your love and stayed here But you do you vat I can not help but cry I can not help but cry Arirang Arirang Aranya Arirang hills Please Arirang, Arirang, Arariyo SITILO hills Ahrangt please send me My love, I have you forsaken you will hurt your feet before three miles Arirang, Arirang, Arariyo Suil Arirang hills, send me, please My love, I have you forsaken Your feet will hurt the first three miles.
Snapshot from arrirang(2011)