Terracotta Distribution is proud to announce the theatrical release of Arirang, Kim Ki Duk’s long anticipated documentary about his self-imposed exile and solitude.
Winner of 'Un Certain Regard' Award at Cannes Festival 2011, Arirang marks Kim Ki-duk’s triumphant return to cinema after an absence of three years. Arirang offers audiences a unique and indiscreet look at the man regarded as one of Korea’s greatest living directors.
While shooting a suicide scene for his last film, Dream, in 2008, the lead actress nearly perished and the incident triggered an emotional and creative breakdown for the director.
As an act of self-administered therapy, Arirang takes playful liberties with the documentary form as Kim Ki-duk traces his experiences and mindset during this period of crisis.
Arirang is a Korean folk song - according to some sources Korea’s unofficial national anthem - which has a number of regional and historical variations.
While ostensibly a love song, Arirang’s theme of parting and sorrow provides a potent metaphor for Korea’s suffering as a nation and its enforced division at the end of the Korean War.