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


Kim Ki-duk


Kim Ki-duk
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Credited cast:
Min-soo Jo ... Mi-Son
Lee Jung-Jin ... Gang-Do (as Jeong-jin Lee)
Ki-Hong Woo Ki-Hong Woo ... Hoon-chul
Eunjin Kang ... Myeong-ja (Hoon-Chul's wife)
Jae-ryong Cho Jae-ryong Cho ... Tae-seung
Myeong-ja Lee ... Mother of Suicidal Man
Jun-seok Heo Jun-seok Heo ... Suicidal Man
Kwon Yul ... Machinist with the Guitar (as Se-in Kwon)
Mun-su Song ... Borrower Who Climbs the Steps
Beom-jun Kim Beom-jun Kim ... Myeongdong Man
Son Jong-hak ... Boss
Jin Yong-wook ... Shop Owner in Wheelchair (as Jin Yong-Ok)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Joon-seok Heo Joon-seok Heo ... Suicidal Man
Jae-rok Kim ... Monk
Won-jang Lee Won-jang Lee ... Sang-gu


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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An elegy for the beloved and the abandoned. See more »


Crime | Drama


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Pieta: a picture or sculpture of the Virgin Mary holding the dead body of Christ on her lap or in her arms. See more »


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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Featured in At the Movies: Venice Film Festival 2012 (2012) See more »


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Daring. Bold. Horrifying. Human
1 December 2013 | by badar1981See all my reviews

Pieta is the story of revenge in a most brutal way possible by giving one's own life, a story of mother's love for his son. Story tells us the extreme measures taken by a mother to take the revenge from a non-human brutal loan shark.

Jung-Jin Lee is living a lonely life whose sole purpose is to recover the loan from other people by making them cripple and claiming their insurance money. In doing so he has become so cold inside that he feels nothing and know no pain. Brutality is the everyday life matter.

Enters a woman stirring everything by claiming that she is his mother. she make him feel love, make him angry and make him feel pain just to take the revenge of her son. And when Jung-Jin starts to feel human again, she inflicted the deep scar into his soul by giving her own life.

Movie is full of disturbing content and makes for a haunting viewing. I am a fan of south Korean cinema and this movie takes the love affair to another level.


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Release Date:

6 September 2012 (South Korea) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Seoul, South Korea See more »


Box Office


EUR103,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,222, 19 May 2013

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Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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