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Pieta (2012)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama | 6 September 2012 (South Korea)
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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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Ki-duk Kim

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Ki-duk Kim
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Cast

Credited cast:
Min-soo Jo ... Mi-Son
Jung-Jin Lee ... 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
Jong-hak Son Jong-hak Son ... Boss
Jin Yong-Ok Jin Yong-Ok ... Shop Owner in Wheelchair
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jae-rok Kim ... Monk
Won-jang Lee Won-jang Lee ... Sang-gu
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

Love. Honour. Violence. Fury. Hatred. Jealousy. Revenge. Death. See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]

Country:

South Korea

Language:

Korean

Release Date:

6 September 2012 (South Korea) See more »

Also Known As:

Aci See more »

Filming Locations:

South Korea See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

€103,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,222, 19 May 2013, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$21,932, 23 June 2013
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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

Quotes

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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Connections

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

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a moment of transcendence
9 September 2012 | by syshimSee all my reviews

The very last scene of this movie would linger in your mind for quite a while. In Kim Ki-Duk's movies, you may find holes in storyline or awkwardness in acting. However, Kim never fails to give stunning visual images via which you could fly to another world in an instant.

In my opinion, elaborate scenarios or experienced actors/actresses are not prerequisite for Kim's movies. His movies are like abstract paintings or poems. They are not supposed to be realistic and are essentially vague in meaning. Do not expect his movies to be kind to give enough explanations. You should find their meaning with your own imagination.

At the expense of being confused and tortured with puzzling metaphors, you could reach the land of poetic beauty and religious purification. This moment of transcendence is what I expect from art, any kind including movie.


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