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Pieta [DVD]

3.2 out of 5 stars 49 customer reviews

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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: 76,083 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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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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By Steve Benner TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 12 Dec. 2013
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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 stomach, with director Ki-duk Kim playing particularly to Western squeamishness in places, I suspect. That said, the film is more arty than it is slasher and once it settles down (and if you can abide its over-riding unpleasantness) it has a quirky and at times clever plot line that makes it worth slogging through to the end.

A Western audience may well find most of the performances far from convincing, although Min-soo Jo's portrayal of the enigmatic and mysterious woman who one day appears in the life of debt collector Gang-Do (Jeong-jin Lee) claiming to be the mother who abandoned him at birth is marvellously disconcerting. Jo Young-Jik's cinematographic portrait of the squalor of the industrial sectors of South Korea is also quite breathtaking (albeit in a bad sort of way.) While I doubt that the film will do well in the mainstream, I would expect it to become a cult classic in fairly short order.

The disc only offers the original Korean soundtrack with subtitles (no English dialogue overdub version) which has to be a good thing.
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Pieta is anything but ordinary. Although it has some shocking & disturbing content, it is delivered in a detached and careful manner that certainly isn't trying to glorify or sensationalise. Unfortunately, the mood is so detached that I found it hard to relate to or empathise with the characters. Could a brutal debt collector really `fall' so hard for a mother-figure appearing in his life? I couldn't say but putting aside the plausibility of the story, the film is very well made in an extremely realistic style. It reveals a disturbing underworld of poverty and violence in Korea's tiger economy - better known for its powerful conformism - and highlights the extremes of human interaction that Hollywood doesn't dare to explore. I'm glad I've seen it but I doubt I'll watch it again anytime soon.
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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 Happyfamily VINE VOICE on 29 Dec. 2013
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This Korean movie features an extremely unpleasant debt collector who likes nothing better than to injure people to claim compensation to pay their debts.The plot is very random and bad editing spoils the flow of the film but the run down locations used in the film were excellent.This film could well end up in the top 25 most disturbing films of all time;number 1 at present is Irreversible (2002).
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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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