2 Disc DVD of ARIRANG and CROCODILE Comes to UK in November
Double Bill from Award Winning, Controversial Director Kim Ki-duk
Source: Terracotta Distribution
Special Thanks to Claire Marty
On DVD November 12, 2012, UK Terracotta Distribution will release a double bill from South Korean filmmaker Kim Ki-duk. This 2 disc DVD set will include CROCODILE — Kim’s rarely seen 1996 directorial debut which has never been released in the UK; the grittiest of his early work which led the path to series of intense and highly acclaimed features — and ARIRANG — the director’s long anticipated documentary about his self-imposed exile, Winner of “Un Certain Regard” Award at Cannes Festival 2011.
CROCODILE (악어, Ag-O, 1996)
Kim Ki-duk’s stunning debut CROCODILE is a study of violence in South Korean society and seemingly unlike any other Korean films made before it. It depicts the life of violent thug, Crocodile, who lives with a peddling boy and an old man by the banks of the river Han in Seoul, a popular suicide spot.
Homeless Crocodile makes a living by robbing the dead bodies of those who commit suicide by jumping into the river. One day, he saves the life of a suicidal young woman from drowning but only to use her for sex. Keeping her there, he develops an abusive relationship and, despite his temper and violence, a bond soon forms between the four of them.
ARIRANG (아리랑, 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 folk song and, according to some sources, Korea’s unofficial national anthem. While ostensibly a love song, its 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.
UK Distributor: Terracotta Media
Release Date: November 12th 2012
Format: DVD (Region 2, PAL)
Number of discs: 2
Running Time: 202 minutes
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