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Pieta [Blu-ray] (+ Digital Copy) (2012)

Min-soo Jo , Eunjin Kang , Kim Ki-Duk  |  Unrated |  Blu-ray
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Min-soo Jo, Eunjin Kang, Jae-rok Kim, Jung-jin Lee, Jin Yong-ok
  • Directors: Kim Ki-Duk
  • Format: Blu-ray, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen, Multiple Formats
  • Language: Korean
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • DVD Release Date: July 23, 2013
  • Run Time: 104 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00C6F60NI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #174,403 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Pieta [Blu-ray] (+ Digital Copy)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Audio Commentary with Director Kim Ki-duk, Cho Min-soo and Lee Jung-jin
  • God, Have Mercy On Us - Interviews with Kim Ki-duk, Cho Min-soo and Lee Jung-jin
  • Winning the Golden Lion at the 69th Venice Film Festival
  • Behind the Scenes Featurettes
  • Filmography of Kim Ki-duk
  • Trailers
  • 16-Page Booklet
  • High quality 720p HD Digital Download of the Film

  • Editorial Reviews

    In this intensely haunting story, a loan shark lives an isolated and lonely existence, using brutality to threaten and collect paybacks from desperate borrowers for his moneylender boss. He mercilessly collects the debts without regard to the pain he causes his countless victims. One day, a mysterious woman appears, claiming to be his long-lost mother. Coldly rejecting her at first, he gradually accepts her in his life and decides to quit his cruel job and seek a decent, redemptive life. However, he soon discovers a dark secret stemming from his past and realizes it may be too late to escape the horrific consequences already set in motion from his previous life.

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    11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Money Makes One Reap What They Had Sown May 30, 2013
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    I have seen the majority of Kim Ki-Duk's films. He was one of the South Korean directors that first got me into the "Korean New Wave" some years ago. There is something to be said for his works, and no one could argue that his stories are creative, if not original. His films such as "Bad Guy", "3-Iron", "The Isle", "Spring, Summer, Fall, Spring", "Samaritan Girl" and "The Bow" had characters that barely talked, immersed in symbolism and the emotions were expressed through action that spoke a lot for its intended narrative. Kim's films are different and he proved me it once more with "Dream" and "Time", albeit I was a little disappointed with "Breathless" and his experimental film "Real Fiction".

    Winner of the top prize of several film festivals such as the "Golden Lion" award in Venice, as well as being the first Korean movie to win top honors in Vienna, Cannes and Berlin. "Pieta" is Kim's 18th feature that he directed as well as written. Once again proving that he has the determination to be different even when he does something a little more standard, Kim's "Pieta" is about a young man named Lee Kang-Do (played by Lee Jung-ji). Kang-Do is a heartless man who has no known family or friends and whose job is to threaten his clients' debtors that requires 10x the amount of the loan. Kang-Do's existence is the kind that he only exists to do a job, and collects the interest through insurance after he had crippled the debtor. One day, a woman (Cho Min-Su) pays him a visit and she claims to be his long-lost mother. Kang-Do denies such a possibility, and she relentlessly shadows him, and soon, he is moved by the display of motherly love expressed by this woman. Now, Kang-Do's past are set to collide tragically with his future...
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    8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Morally depraved and existentially passionate. April 13, 2013
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    Pieta, at first watch, is both malicious and discomforting both in plot and in aesthetics. The mood is a constant state of depravity and joylessness, encompassed in a dark and impoverished setting. However, immediately upon completion, you can feel the dark humanistic reality of the film begin to settle within you.

    As the final scene fades, the screen remains black for quite a while as the music escalates, and an uneasiness crawls over you as you come to realize that this film is much more than a one-dimensional dark and twisted film. It has existential meaning and passion that resonates with the things we define our lives by: "Love, honor, violence, fury, hatred, jealousy, revenge, death." Labeling the film as either morally depraved or morally passionate is a matter one's experience of the film, which is astounding despite its resonating misery. This is one film in which you won't smile a single time, and that's not necessarily a bad thing.
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    4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars What A Mother's Love Can Do August 1, 2013
    Kim Ki-duk's latest movie "Pieta" - the title evoking the image of a grieving mother and her dead son - is nothing conventional. You may call it a psychological thriller, a character study, or the director's candid outlook on capitalism. You may like it or hate it for the film's honest brutality and violence. Whatever your reaction may be, "Pieta" is a compelling drama with lots of tense moments.

    "Pieta" is about Gang-Do, (Jeong-jin Lee) a cold-hearted debt collector for a loan shark in the city of Seoul. If his clients don't pay up (and most of them just cannot), Gang-do cripples them on the spot, taking the insurance money later. He shows no mercy because he has none to give.

    One day, Gang-Do meets a mysterious woman Mi-Son (Jeong-jin Lee). The sad-looking woman claims that she is his mother who abandoned him about 30 years ago. Gang-Do spurns her, but she keeps coming back to him. Strong performances from the two leads make this unique story even more compelling.

    The film's story is largely set in the industrial area of Seoul. The debtors are often owners of small-scale factories whose business is not clearly doing well. The narrow streets and bleak landscapes are effectively captured, reflecting the hard and desolate life ahead of them.

    "Pieta" has its own way of presenting the world, the way that is often shocking and off-putting, but never boring. Its world is populated with people doomed from the beginning, but the film is fascinating all the more for that.
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    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    Korean cinema has a way of coming up with original stories told in visceral ways with inventive plots and stupendous acting and this is no exception. Director and writer Ki-Duk Kim (‘The Coast Guard’ and ‘3 Iron, to name but two) sets his latest film in the world of loan sharks and these guys make the pay day loan companies look like philanthropists by comparison. Jung-Jin Lee plays Gang-Do a ruthless enforcer who helps a shady loan company lend money to poor business people and force them to sign personal injury insurance documents. Once they have their money they then ramp up the interest payments so that a 3,000 loan becomes 30, 000 in one month.

    Then he arrives and when they can’t pay, he works out how to maim them to get the money they are owed from the insurance company. This is really brutal and involves a manner of nasty tortures. Then one day a woman turns up at his door, she asks for forgiveness for abandoning him as a child and now wants to be a real mother to him. He does not believe her and sets her some cruel tests in order for her to convince him that she really is his mother. What then unfolds is a story of loss, redemption, deception, revenge and love.

    This was South Koreas entry for the 85th Academy awards and many feel it is a masterpiece. It is filmed on locations that make it look like some sort of Stalinist failure theme park, with the scenery as bleak as the plot unfolding on the screen. The acting is magnificent and will have you feeling repulsed and attracted often in the same scene. There is a fair amount of seeming animal butchery too as he likes his food as fresh as you can get it and has a wide almost Catholic taste in food so long as it is meat and has just been hacked to death.
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    5.0 out of 5 stars Watch it!!!
    I read many reviews prior to watching this latest effort of Kim KiDuk. Having watched his films before I was aware this was not your ordinary movie. Read more
    Published 1 month ago by Sondra Puckett
    5.0 out of 5 stars Korean film about Absolution
    Another provoking film by auteur director/wrier Kim Ki-duk. Intense two character study of loan shark collector (Lee Joung-jin) and woman who claims to be he his long lost mother... Read more
    Published 7 months ago by Camera newbie
    4.0 out of 5 stars Short but sweet
    I know I might get some flack for admitting that some scenes made me laugh out loud. This is a pretty serious movie and it demands serious attention. Read more
    Published 8 months ago by parkym
    3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty sordid and dreary
    This South Korean tale of revenge, death and redemption is an entirely colourless, sordid and dreary affair, which requires a pretty strong (or else insensitive) constitution to... Read more
    Published 9 months ago by Steve Benner
    5.0 out of 5 stars What is family; the value of a human?
    A money lender's enforcer exacts cruel tolls while collecting from their borrowers. Engaging acting, well written and filmed. Read more
    Published 12 months ago by G. Teslovich
    4.0 out of 5 stars Noir to the hilt
    This is about as dark as cinema gets -- loan sharks, the maiming of debtors to collect insurance money, presumed incest, and grand deceptions. Read more
    Published 12 months ago by Ryutai
    4.0 out of 5 stars Worth Seeing
    This is a good movie. It is not for the faint-hearted though, it has a lot of disturbing imagery and themes. I thought it was still worth seeing. Read more
    Published 12 months ago by Marie
    2.0 out of 5 stars Pieta
    I did not read the page correctly. I do not understand or know the language. I laugh so hard to my self. Read more
    Published 13 months ago by Viola English
    5.0 out of 5 stars Tragedy
    This is one of the most tragic movies I've seen. I don't think I will ever forget the ending scene. If you are looking for a movie that will entertain you, you will not like it. Read more
    Published 13 months ago by kiwi
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