Golden Lion & 3 other awards Venice Film Fest
Best Film Best Director Best Actress FIPRESCI Award Korean Assoc. of Film Critics
"Curiously engaging and wickedly twisted... The omnipresent dread recalls the like-minded outlook of No Country For Old Men" -Indiewire
"This tidy, ultimately moving thriller...offers up the director's vintage blend of cruelty, wit and moral complexity" -Variety
"An intense and, for the first hour, sickeningly violent film that unexpectedly segues into a moving psychological study" -Hollywood Reporter
"You might find yourself strangely moved by its oddball mix of ripe melodrama, overwrought violence and regional verisimilitude" -TimeOut NY
Critics' Pick! "Morally cunning... its images mesmerize despite a despicable central character" -New York Times
"Pieta succeeds in repulsing and enlightening viewers simultaneously"
Winner of the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival, Pietà is the acclaimed film from the celebrated and controversial Korean director Kim Ki-Duk (Bad Guy; Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... And Spring; 3-Iron). In this intense and disturbing story, menacing anti-hero Lee Kang-do (Lee Jung-jin) is a loan shark living an isolated and lonely existence who uses brutality to threaten and collect paybacks from desperate borrowers for his moneylender boss. He proficiently and mercilessly collects the debts without regard to the pain he causes his countless victims.
One day, a mysterious woman (Cho Min-soo) appears, claiming to be his long-lost mother. After coldly rejecting her at first, he gradually accepts her in his life, quits his cruel job and seek a decent 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.
Kim Ki-Duk is a fearless filmmaker who is never afraid to challenge convention and notions of good taste.
Directed by Kim Ki-Duk, 2012, South Korea, 104 mins. In Korean with English subtitles.