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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.

Director:

Ki-duk Kim

Writer:

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:

Vengeance. Truth. Sacrifice. See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]

Country:

South Korea

Language:

Korean

Release Date:

6 September 2012 (South Korea) See more »

Also Known As:

Acı See more »

Filming Locations:

Seoul, South Korea See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

EUR103,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,222, 19 May 2013

Gross USA:

$22,080

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,623,330
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

According to director Ki-duk Kim this film was prepared in 10 days, shot in 20 days on location and post-produced in 30 days. 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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Connections

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

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Happy Birthday to You
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By Patty S. Hill and Mildred J. Hill
Performed by Min-soo Jo
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A Tragic Story of Love, Loss, Revenge & Redemption.
23 March 2014 | by CinemaClownSee all my reviews

The 18th feature film written & directed by Korean cinema's most notorious filmmaker, Pietà tells the story of a sadistic loan shark who ends up crippling people for not paying their debts, which after added interest is 10 times the amount they borrowed. Torturing with no feelings, his life takes a changing course when a middle-aged woman claiming to be his long lost mother comes into his life out of nowhere.

The film has all the disturbing elements one expects from Kim Ki-duk and although the first half has no easy-to-digest moments, the second half plays out very well to end on a satisfying, even rewarding, note. Cinematography reflects the appalling nature of the subject matter while editing presents a well-sought balance. The performances are pretty impressive from its two leads & the rest of filmmaking aspects are finely executed as well.

On an overall scale, Pietà is a highly tragic story of love, loss, revenge & redemption that has much more to offer than just disgust its viewers. Sure, Kim Ki-duk takes extreme pleasure in making his audience flinch but he also backs it up with enough justifications for the violence in his films. Shocking, unnerving, pitiful, haunting & infused with Christian symbolisms, Pietà is an unsettling psychological study of a mother-son relationship that also presents a fascinating take on what famously is Korean cinema's favourite genre.


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