Pieta caused an upset at the Venice Film Festival where it scooped the Golden Lion.
The trailer for controversial director Ki-Duk Kim's latest movie Pieta is here, ahead of its full release in the U.S. The gritty Korean drama became the first movie from the country to win the most prestigious prize at the Venice International Film Festival, the Golden Lion, and it's received heaps of praise from critics.
It follows the story of Lee Kang-Do, a man working as a debt collector in the brutal world of Korean loan sharks. He collects one-month repayments with 1000% interest and returns the cash to his ruthless boss. In order to ensure he receives the cash every time, he forces those unable to pay up to sign insurance forms for a disability, severely injuries them, and claims the insurance. It's all pretty grim, until a woman claiming to his mother turns up unexpectedly.
Lee Kang-do is immersed in the cruel world of loan sharks in which he is a brutal debt collector in a poverty-stricken area. He collects one-month repayments with 1000% interest by any means possible to return to his ruthless boss. In order to make sure he receives the money every time, he makes those unable to pay up sign an insurance form for a disability before severely injuring them and claiming their insurance. However, his life is thrust into confusion when a woman shows up at his door claiming to be his mother who abandoned him as a child. He initially ignores her, refusing to believe her story, but she continues to follow him and he eventually lets her into his life as long as she can prove her relationship with him. They spend time together and he gives up his life of crime in order to enjoy his life with his newfound parent. Unfortunately, escaping his past is less straightforward than he liked to think and soon the pair are forced to face the shocking costs of Kang-Do's criminal misdeeds.
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When we first meet She-hee (Park Ju-yeon) we get a taste of her wild jealousy and low self-esteem as she questions every eye movement of her laid-back boyfriend Ji-Woo (Ha Jung-woo). What a shrew. This young Seoul couple has been together for a while, and She-hee is sure Ji-Woo is tired of her. "Sorry for always having the same boring face," she says. But no sooner does she encourage him to fantasize about another woman while they have sex then she flies into another jealous rage and disappears from Ji-Woo's life without a single word of farewell.
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Case in point: Kim Ki-duk, whose 14 films span every genre from action thriller to David Lynchian psycho-thriller to the ravishing Buddhist meditation Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring. How does the guy come up with this stuff?
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Directed by one of Korea's hot young directors -- Kim Ki-duk -- Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring is a Buddhism-inspired fable that takes place during five seasons spread over many years and attempts -- much like The Passion of The Christ -- to merge the secular with the spiritual. But unlike that film, this one also gives us the relationship between man and nature as well as man and himself, and deals specifically with characters who try to attain some kind of harmony right here on earth.
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