Kang-Do is a merciless loan shark whose method of balancing the books is to mutilate his borrowers and pick up the insurance checks. It proves a solitary life for Kang-Do, but that all changes when Mi-Sun, a woman claiming to be his mother, appears on the scene. Set in the greyly grim urbanity of modern Korea, Kim’s trademark disregard for viewer sensibilities and range of emotional extremes finds full expression in this visceral tale of violence tamed by belatedly roused tenderness.
Pieta | Directed by Kim Ki-duk (South Korea, 2012) with Cho Min- soo, Lee Jung-jin. Starts November 8