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Pieta (2012)

Cast: Choi Min-soo
Director: Kim Ki-Duk
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Image
Genre: Action, Drama, Foreign, Horror, Korea, Adventure, Crime
Running Time: 104 min.
Languages: Korean
Subtitles: English

A solitary loan shark working for a ruthless moneylender seeks redemption after meeting a mysterious woman who claims to be his long-lost mother in this brutal crime drama from acclaimed South Korean director Kim Ki-duk (3-IRON, ARIRANG). Lee Kang-do (Lee Jung-jin) is a debt collector whose brutal methods have earned him a ferocious reputation. Operating in a dingy factory district, he will cripple, main, and brutalize in order to collect insurance money, even if it means his victims will never work again. Kang-do is completely devoid of empathy or emotion when an older woman (Cho Min-soo) appears on his doorstep, and begs forgiveness for abandoning him as a child. Initially skeptical of her claims Kang-do coldly pushes her away. The more she persists, however, the more their relationship begins to grow until the cold-hearted collector begins to gain a conscience, and decides to leave his life of crime. But it may already be too late for Kang-do, because a horrific secret from his distant past may have sealed his grim fate long before he decided to take control of it. An uncompromising drama from a visionary filmmaker, PIETA was the recipient of the prestigious Golden Lion at the 2012 Venice Film Festival.

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