The Korean filmmaker Kim Ki-duk has packed so much lurid material and high melodrama into his latest film, Pieta, that the weakness of its dramatic punch can't be chalked up to a lack of trying. The ease with which it can be shrugged off is especially intriguing because the performances and production values are so impressive.
PIETA (Korea, 2012, colour, 104 min.) directed by Kim Ki-duk and starring Lee Jeong-jim and Jo Min-soo. In Korean with optional English and Korean subtitles. Extras, including interviews and documentaries including one about the film’s big win at the Venice Film Festival, are not subtitled. A Region. A Korean Blu-ray release, also available as a Region 3 DVD
Pieta follows the mounting misfortunes of Gang-do, a loner of about 30 who makes his living as a debt collector given to extreme methods. Money is lent at an outrageously high rate of interest, and when the debtors are unable to repay Gang-do cripples them and demands that they reimburse him from insurance money.
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