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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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An elegy for the beloved and the abandoned. 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

According to the 'Hollywood Reporter' the film's budget was only 13000 dollars. See more »

Quotes

Gang-Do: [grabbing between her legs] I came out of here?
[she nods]
Gang-Do: Here for sure?
[she nods again]
Gang-Do: Really? Then can I go back in?
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Featured in At the Movies: Venice Film Festival 2012 (2012) See more »

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Pieta- A rare character study by Kim Ki-Duk- Vivid and ruthless cinema making
24 December 2012 | by ajit2106See 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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