Pieta (2012)

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Working for loan sharks, a cruel man gets money from debtors one way or the other. One day, a woman appears in front of him, apologizing for throwing him away and insisting that she is his mother.

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    Pietà; P‘iet‘a

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Dec 22, 2012
  • Overall 10
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  • Music 8.0
  • Rewatch Value 5.0
Another film by Kim Ki Duk, another hard jab at gut. It's the dark side of the moon named South Korea, a minute of it is enough to blow the 'flower boy' bubble.

The movie is about Kang Do, a brutal being works for the loan sharks and a middle aged woman claim to be his mother. Most of the movie takes place in Myeongdong district in Seul, the poorest one. Apparently read more if you expect a korean to film outside Gangnam, it's mainly Kim Ki duk or, Park Chan Wok. The movie itself a painful journey, a journey you are glad that you take and you wont take again. Don't take me wrong, i love everything about the movie, from Michelangelo inspired poster to grusome mutilation, but I am quite sure I wont re watch it.

There's nothing much to say about it anyway. It is the first Korean film to win the top prize at three major international film festivals — Venice, Cannes and Berlin. If it suits your taste watch it, if don't, stay the heck away from it.
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Sep 9, 2015
  • Overall 9.0
  • Story 9.0
  • Acting/Cast 9.0
  • Music 8.0
  • Rewatch Value 8.0
<<Darkly Exaggerated , Dramatically Brilliant !>>
And here we are with another work of art , from Korean award-wining director "Kim Ki Duk" :
"Pieta" (2012) , which name is taken from a famous impressive statue of Virgin Mary and Jesus with the same pose you can see in the movie's poster ! Before a movie is watched , it can present nearly half of what it has through its title and read more poster . They call it "First Impression" ! I say "A Movie's Greetings" !
I believe a movie has been started in one's mind as soon as he/she sees the title and the poster .
So let's say "Pieta" had the best greeting it could ever have and knowing it's actually the winner of Golden Lion at 69th Venice International Film Festival ... I knew It was definitely worth it !
Until where a mother goes for sake of her child ?! Well , "Pieta" says it clearly : THERE'S NO LIMITATION !
As we all know , mother's love and sacrificing for her child is surely one of the Inexplicable magical wonders of this world and It's such a risky and sensitive plot to work on , cause it NEEDS to be amazing and perfect enough to associate that maternal love we can ever imagine ! And Kim Ki Duk , did it !
" Kang-do is a heartless man who has no living family members and whose job is to threaten debtors to repay his clients, the loan sharks who demand a 10x return on a one month loan. To recover the interest, the debtors would sign an insurance for handicap, and Kang-do would injure the debtors brutally to file the claim. One day he receives a visit from a strange, middle-aged woman claiming she is his long-lost mother. Over the following weeks, the woman stubbornly follows him and he continues to do his job. But he is slowly moved and changed by the motherly love expressed from this woman ! "
The story plot is already impressive , strong and stirring even in these few lines ! And this is called a real cinematic story ! It's unique , artistic and dramatic ... I'm not gonna write any spoiler just be sure that it's even much more than it seems ! It's more than you can ever imagine !
Let's be frank ! To many people , "Pieta" is not they wanna see ! So if you're obsessed with those stereotype love stories , ordinary melodramas or fantasy actions , please forget you've ever heard of "Pieta" and go somewhere else watching for favorites ! Cause "Pieta" is not your cup of tea.
Cause It's dark and darkly exaggerated , but has A LOT to say !!!
Personally , I think there's a movie you love , there's a movie you hate ... and then there's another movie you HATE but you LOVE ! "Pieta" was like this to me ! This emotioanl roller-coaster is what any good dramatic movie needs and It can be truly felt at this one !
Actings left me speechless ! "Lee Jung Jin" could brilliantly transfer from a heartless criminal to a hapless little kid who's tasting what he had never tasted for 30 years and that's Love Of A Mother !
I got goosebumps seeing him acting like a little boy when it came to his long-lost mother !!!
"Jo Min Soo" was also unexplainable in her hard , sensitive and delicate role ! She truly shined !
This movie might not have lots of background music but I do believe it had the best music when it was needed. And I loved the meaningful silences between two first roles.
Rewatching ? If you're spiritually strong , of course !!! It's a dark work of art !!!
I was really honered to write a review for Kim Ki Duk's Pieta and I hope you get impressed by this movie like me and many others did !
Thanks for reading my words ^_^
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    Hasumi17 Nov 8, 2015

    A very good movie!

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    MohammdAon Jan 16, 2015

    فيلم سوداوي دموي ولكن أنساني
    الفيلم فأز بجوائز: جائزة الأسد الذهبي، جائزة ستالايت لأفضل فيلم بلغة أجنبية

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    cvcvcv Mar 6, 2014

    [R] Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian

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    Betty_Boop Jan 3, 2014

    This more like a remake from a Philippine movie..

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      educto1 Feb 15, 2014

      I'm from the Philippines, what movie was it? :)

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      Betty_Boop Feb 26, 2014

      You know Peita?! Its been remake the orig was w/ Ace Vergel and I don't know who's the young actor is.

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      educto1 Feb 26, 2014

      lol. taga Pinas ka? Err, I know Ace V. but I don't know the orig movie.

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      Betty_Boop Feb 26, 2014

      Ace Vergel was at the original film and the newest was shown like i think 2 yrs or more than that. yeah we lived there until we move to different country to live and work for another 2 or more years.

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    Banana Jul 20, 2013

    It recently was at the pictures in a next door town to mine, I'm really sad I missed it cause they don't often put Korean films at the cinema in France :'(

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    NanaKikujiro Jul 5, 2013

    This is one of the best works of cult director Kim Ki-duk. The evolution of the characters, and how human cruelty can be understood through forgiveness, revenge, or a sense of shame and guilt for those who suffer. A cinematic masterpiece!

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    londonpaulo Mar 27, 2013

    korea has definately a voice in coniemporary cinema, but im not sure this is their best example. From the conception to the actually finished article alot was lost. the idea was great though, but the execution too crude and attempting to shock at every corner. restraint was needed.

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    DramaLoverSara Mar 20, 2013

    where can i watch this ??

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      7MinMin99 Jan 25, 2014

      It is on Netflix if you still haven't seen it.

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    Simba87 Mar 8, 2013

    When I exit the cinema. I walk for 30 minutes maybe and I was like hitten by something. It was so... I think I don't have enough words in my dictionary to describe it... just amazing

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    _Ahsen_ Mar 3, 2013

    fantastic ..

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    KateBison Mar 1, 2013

    what a movie! so freakin´ crazy! love it !

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    KateBison Feb 28, 2013

    i hope the subs are coming soon :((

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      KateBison Feb 28, 2013

      ok i find it :DD let´s watch. i hope it´s good

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    Jas9420 Jan 10, 2013

    I came across this movie in the newspaper where they said that it won the Golden Lion for the best film in the 69th Venice Film Festival. Though after reading the synopsis and some other comments, it doesn't really feel like my type of movie, I'll still give it a go.

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    compay Jan 3, 2013

    One of the most disturbing movies I've seen. It's shot to look very realistic, while the events are like something you hope never happen in real life. If you like the movie or want more of the crazy movies like that, watch Bad Guy, the movie by the same director.

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    xxelinaxx Oct 13, 2012

    The craziest movie I've ever seen. I laughed so much because it was so ridiculous.. one freaky scene after another.. you were constantly thinking "what the hell did i just watch". I wouldn't watch it again though..

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      xxelinaxx Dec 6, 2012

      Alright :) I might give them a try. Thank you!

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      KateBison Dec 27, 2012

      hey guys where are you watched this film?

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      xxelinaxx Dec 27, 2012

      I watched it at a film festival in germany^^

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      KateBison Dec 28, 2012

      wirklich? wie geil :D

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      xxelinaxx Dec 30, 2012

      aaah auch Deutsche? :D haha wie cool :)
      ja und zwar in Frankfurt^^ war aber nicht wirklich begeistert davon.. naja.. andere finden den sehr gut^^


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    South Korea
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  • Release Date:

    Sep 6, 2012
  • Duration:

    1 hr. 44 min.


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    7.8 (scored by 384 users)
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