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PIETÀ (Dir: Kim Ki-Duk)

As a follow-up to our recent Korean New Wave meet-up, lets check out the new film from Kim Ki-Duk; director of the much discussed Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... And Spring. Hope to see you there.

Please note that this film will likely contain graphic violence:

Winner of the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival, Pietà is the acclaimed film from the celebrated and controversial Korean director Kim Ki-Duk (Bad Guy; Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... And Spring; 3-Iron). In this intense and disturbing story, menacing anti-hero Lee Kang-do (Lee Jung-jin) is a loan shark living an isolated and lonely existence who uses brutality to threaten and collect paybacks from desperate borrowers for his moneylender boss. He proficiently and mercilessly collects the debts without regard to the pain he causes his countless victims.

One day, a mysterious woman (Cho Min-soo) appears, claiming to be his long-lost mother. After coldly rejecting her at first, he gradually accepts her in his life, quits his cruel job and seeks a decent life. However, he soon discovers a dark secret stemming from his past and realizes it may be too late to escape the horrific consequences already set in motion from his previous life.

Kim Ki-Duk is a fearless filmmaker who is never afraid to challenge convention and notions of good taste.

Directed by Kim Ki-Duk, 2012, South Korea, 104 mins. In Korean with English subtitles.

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