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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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Mi-Son
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Gang-Do (as Jeong-jin Lee)
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Hoon-chul
Eunjin Kang ...
Myeong-ja (Hoon-Chul's wife)
Jae-ryong Cho ...
Tae-seung
Myeong-ja Lee ...
Mother of Suicidal Man
Jun-seok Heo ...
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Mun-su Song ...
Borrower Who Climbs the Steps
Beom-jun Kim ...
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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$6,222 (USA) (17 May 2013)

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$21,932 (USA) (21 June 2013)
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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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Pieta- A rare character study by Kim Ki-Duk- Vivid and ruthless cinema making
24 December 2012 | by (India) – See all my reviews

Pieta (Meaning- A representation of the Virgin Mary mourning over the dead body of Jesus) a new film from Kim Ki-Duk, one of the genius directors working today.

Like his other movies, it is no different as it has all his key ingredients like; less dialogues, rural setting, on location shoot, assessment of relations and definitely metaphors.

The story of the film revolves around a depraved loan-shark who is reasonably heated, loaned money to the employees of industrial field. He beats and cripples the people who cannot pay the interests which is 10 times. The anger and sheer violence has become a part of his frenzy life.

Unexpectedly, enters a woman in his life claiming to be his mother who had abandoned him in his childhood. Presentation of relationship between these two people is fairly shocking and humane at the same time and it leads to an aftermath eventually.

Kim Ki-Duk has done some great character study here; it shows the moment of transcendence, ecstasy, agony and fulfillment. A revenge story will always have its murky side but keeping all the clichés aside, it makes you think that storytelling can change your life. You can feel the cruelty however; it is only suggestive and not happening on the screen, it can shake the ethics of humankind.

Highly recommended to the lovers of quality and Kim Ki-Duk movies.


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