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An Untimely Farewell…

He used to leave a clue, mentioning: “The rest depends on audience. It is not necessary to tell the entire story.” Kim Ki-duk (December 20, 1960 – December 11, 2020) – the South Korean Film Director known too well for his idiosyncratic art-house cinematic works – explained movies in this fashion. Kim passed away in Latvia on December 11 after contracting with the COVID-19 virus. The Latvian media have reported that he had arrived in the Baltic nation on November 20 in order to purchase a house in Jurmala.

Kim has presented several movies of high quality to his audience during his 23-year-long career. After starting his career as a Scriptwriter, he directed his first film ‘Crocodile’ in 1996. It can definitely be mentioned that each of his film, such as ‘The Isle’, ‘Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter… and Spring‘, ‘Samaritan Girl‘, ‘Pietà‘, ‘One on One‘, is masterpiece! Kim openly portrayed various important aspects of the society, like Politics, Gender Relations, etc., in his films. As far as the visual treatment (of the film) is concerned, it can be said that he successfully created his own legacy.

Kim Ki-duk

No one could even imagine Berlin, Venice or Cannes Film Festival without movies directed by Kim Ki-duk! His Samaritan Girl had won Silver Bear at Berlin Film Festival in 2004. 3-Iron was premiered in competition at the 61st Venice International Film Festival in September 2004, where it was nominated for the Golden Lion and got Kim the Silver Lion for Best Direction. Pietà, a film about a brutal debt collector, had won the Golden Lion Award at the Venice Film Festival in 2012. There are not many movies, like Pietà, on the complex human psychology.

A scene from 3-Iron (2004) by Kim Ki-duk

Although the Academy now values films made in South Korea, it has seldom ensured Kim Ki-duk the recognition he deserved. However, it can now be said that this Director would never get ‘Dissolve’d from the minds of the movie-lovers…

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