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Pieta [DVD]

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  • Actors: Young-Jik Jo, Min-soo Jo, Jeong-jin Lee, Ki-Hong Woo, Eunjin Kang
  • Directors: Ki-duk Kim
  • Producers: Soon-Mo Kim
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Korean
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Optimum Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 14 Oct. 2013
  • Run Time: 104 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00EALQP6I
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 57,246 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Emotionally detached and socially isolated, Kang-do's daily life is a succession of brutally violent incidents. As a feared and infamous debt collector on the streets of South Korea, he is renowned for his horrifically sadistic methods and his merciless, cold bloodied disregard for human life. That is until he meets a mysterious woman who claims to be the mother that abandoned him at birth. Initially sceptical, he eventually lets her into his life, only for her to suddenly vanish. On the hunt for the culprits he believes are responsible for her disappearance, Kang-do is thrown into a dark and savage journey of fatal secrets that will take him to the edge of sanity. Directed by acclaimed filmmaker Kim Ki-duk (3-Iron, Samaritan Girl), Pieta is Asian cinema at its most raw, intense and unforgettable.

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3.2 out of 5 stars

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on 21 Nov. 2013
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Kicking off with scenes of suicide, masturbation, mutilation and a desperate sex scene - and that's just the first ten minutes - Kim Ki-Duk's tale of obsessive mother love Pieta is not exactly family viewing. The impassive Jung Jin-Lee works as a collector for the Happy Private Loan Company, who are only too happy to cripple any defaulters to collect on their insurance policies, seemingly going out of their way to lend to those they know will default. He's so callous that when one defaulter kills himself (death complicating the insurance claim), he goes after her relative and takes her only possession, a pet rabbit. While the decaying Korean steel town that is his turf provides a steady trail of victims, he reluctantly finds himself starting to feel something for the first time in his life when the mother who abandoned him as a child (Min-Soo Jo) re-enters his life. At first refusing to believe her (to the point of even trying to rape her), as their relationship grows he realises that he now has something to lose if any of his victims ever seek revenge and gradually starts to change his ways...

Of course, you just know that this isn't a story that's going to end well, and not just for the rabbit, but the how and why isn't necessarily what you expect, Kim's restrained, unsensational direction of his sensational material and the strong but unshowy performances making its somewhat unlikely tale of redemption and damnation seem more credible than it should.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Syd TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 19 Nov. 2013
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ove this film. it is dark and at times difficult to watch, not for the faint hearted. the story line revolves around a debt collector and his twisted ways of getting money out of clients. the plot is fab, and the style is so different from the usual western/hollywood sterile offerings. really good entertainment if you like a bit of on-screen violence!
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By Su TOP 100 REVIEWER on 10 Dec. 2013
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As a fan of the Saw series I am not averse to revenge horror but this pushed my resolve to its limits.

A debt-collector/loan-shark who enjoys inflicting pain and suffering on others when they can't pay what they owe finds his life shaken to the core by a woman who turns up and claims to be his long lost mother.

The violence was too much even for me (and I am a Forensic and Criminal Psychologist who has visited crime scenes and seen it in person) and it took every shred of self-control not to switch it off. There is no justification or reasoning to the violence which there is in the Saw films (especially the early ones). I know that most of it is implied, but it still got to me.

This film apparently won awards at a film festival in Venice and though I can see that the lead actor when the whole hog on his role but the film! It's not a good one. The story should have been enticing but it failed and that may have been due to the appallingly done subtitles as much as the script.

It appears that the whole ideology of the film was to shock with perversion than to psychologically play with your mind - and worse than that it became repetitive and boring.

This just wasn't for me.
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By Mr. Ed VINE VOICE on 17 July 2014
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The 18th film by noted ‘art house’ director Kim Ki-duc, and the first Korean piece to win the highest prize at one of the ‘big three’ film festivals (Berlin, Venice and Cannes).

A highly stylistic work, with plenty of junta-position between Christian symbology and graphic sexual content, Pieta garnered largely positive critical reviews despite the uncomfortable subject matter of an ‘incestuous' relationship between a man and a woman claiming to be his mother.

Not a pleasant, nor easy film to watch. Perhaps one for fans of Korean or Asian cinema in general, and especially fans of some of the more gruesome works from that part of the world, like the excellent Oldboy, or Ichi The Killer.
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By Pallus TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 13 Oct. 2013
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Perfectly enjoyable drama/thriller. The film explores people in desperate situations very well.

The setting of a slum area populated with numerous machine workshops makes for some excellently grim locations expressed very well cinematographically.

The plot is a bit one dimentional but still suspenseful. I'd rather that than something I can't follow like A Tale Of Two Sisters [2003] [DVD] which did my head in.

So, a good, involving -if easy watch. And it all comes together in the end.

Recommended if you like South Korean films.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By carlosnightman VINE VOICE on 18 Nov. 2013
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As a big Asian movie fan, this was one I was looking forward to. However, as is often the case with, some may say, niche films, taglines and blurbs surrounding the movie are sensationalist and prone to hyperbole. I'd heard and read that this was shocking, brutal, emotionally draining, and bleak, but really only one of those terms is fully accurate, while the other three will depend on the viewer - those used to such niche films will likely not be shocked, horrified, or drained. The movie is bleak though, a dark story focussing on scum and the expolited, and there isn't really a glimpse of light or hope throughout. It is however well made, well acted, and while I wouldn't say there were many surprises, it did keep me thoroughly engaged throughout, and eager to see how it all ended.

The film follows a thuggish orphan who preys on the weak in his role as a debt collector. His apathy and underlying rage lead him to violence towards those who cannot pay him, and a complete lack of care for his horrible actions. Out of nowhere, a woman claiming to be his mother shows up, full of apologies, and with an eerily apathetic determination to get into his life. There isn't much more to say about what follows - there is bonding, and the repeated recurrences of past evils, and a strong conclusion. It is difficult to feel symapthy towards any of the characters here, and I'm not sure if it was the director's intent to ever let us contemplate feeling sympathy - maybe only the sympathy a normal 'good' person would be expected to feel towards someone, even a monster, who is in pain. You will likely be conflicted, but maybe that will be more down to the confused plotting and intent rather than the issues at work. It is brilliantly cold, feels very authentic, and is a brooding, dank, descent into a seedy underworld of revenge.
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