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PIETA, Kim Ki Duk's finest film to date!!!
PIETA, the recipient of the Golden Lion award in Venice is a deeply moving film which is so far, Kim Ki Duk's best film and seems to be the most mainstream looking one.
I've seen PIETA in Busan International Film Festival 2012 in Sohyang Musical Center, Busan South Korea and I was so lucky that actors Cho Min Soo and Lee Jung Jin had a guest visit after the film and also entertained questions from the audience.
I had my expectations that the film will be violent, sadistic but very good as I've seen a lot of Kim Ki Duk film in the past. But after the credits rolled, I did not expect it to be better than "3-Iron" or "Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring" but Pieta has really a breathtaking, very strong and solid storyline about how love, money and revenge can affect people and push them to their extreme limits.
Kang Do and the woman who is claiming to be his mother had a very close and also the worst and morally twisting situations while they were together. The main actors did a great job in showing the different layers of their characters and portrayed effectively how anger, fear, love can destroy and shatter their souls.
Overall as a Kim Ki Duk follower, Pieta is his best work to date and possibly the one that can pull more audiences just like Lars Von Trier to Melancholia. Pieta is a very provocative and moving film that will make its audience uneasy but will make them rethink about the value of relationship, love or even money.