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A loan shark is forced to reconsider his violent lifestyle after the arrival of a mysterious woman claiming to be his long-lost mother.

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Jae-ryong Cho ...
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Myeong-ja Lee ...
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Myeongdong Man
Jong-hak Son ...
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Jin Yong-Ok ...
Shop Owner in Wheelchair
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A loan shark is forced to reconsider his violent lifestyle after the arrival of a mysterious woman claiming to be his long-lost mother.

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South Korea's submission to the 85th Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film. See more »

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Gang-Do: What is money?
Mi-Son: Money? The beginning and end of all things. Love, honor, violence, fury, hatred, jealousy, revenge, death.
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One variation to the very familiar theme of Vengeance, Korean Style
4 September 2013 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

I have to admit I like films by Kim Ki-duk, the first from him that I saw being "Spring, Summer, ....", which got me hook to his works. Pieta has his signature all over it. However, in his attempt to shock and entice his audience with a very unlikely and yet twisted plot, he went astray. A city in Korea was painted as totally lawless, with thugs breaking people's arms at will and getting away with it. Loan sharks were above the law and charged exorbitant fees and, in the event the borrower could not pay up, resorted to having an enforcer break limbs for insurance money. And the police was never in sight or called for.

To sit through this film you have to endure scenes of rape, torture, incest, and implied gore. You do need a fairly good stomach to put up with these parts of the story. In the end, it is all about vengeance, a theme exploited heavily by Korean directors in the past decade.

Kim could have made a better film had he not been obsessed with shocking the audience. Tone the film down a little, make it a bit more credible, and we could have a film that we can believe in, and characters that we can sympathize with. As is, it is too surreal, grotesque and falls into the category of style over substance.


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