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Pieta [Blu-ray] (+ Digital Copy)

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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.

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

  • Product Details

    • 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, Digital_copy
    • Language: Korean
    • Subtitles: English
    • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
    • Number of discs: 1
    • Rated:
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    • Studio: IMAGE ENTERTAINMENT
    • DVD Release Date: July 23, 2013
    • Run Time: 104 minutes
    • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
    • ASIN: B00C6F60NI
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #35,679 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
    • Learn more about "Pieta [Blu-ray] (+ Digital Copy)" on IMDb

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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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    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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    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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    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 (veteran actress Cho Min-soo). Kang do likes his work, collecting money from debtors in the industrial sector of Seoul and brutally crippling the people who can't pay the debt plus high interest. Into his single-minded, linear life comes a woman who claims to be his mother, begging his forgiveness for abandoning him. He distrusts everyone and keeps her at bay, using violence. She persists at getting to his loneliness and enters his life. He begins thinking of change, begins to feel, shows remorse. But it seems too late. Surprise ending. Moody work, good tight acting, religious overtones as expected from the title, and some dues paid toward forgiveness. Thoughtful work, but Kim's films tends to be cold and alienating.
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