7.2/10
11,883
37 user 137 critic

Pieta (2012)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama | 6 September 2012 (South Korea)
Trailer
2:02 | Trailer
A loan shark is forced to reconsider his violent lifestyle after the arrival of a mysterious woman claiming to be his long-lost mother.

Director:

Ki-duk Kim

Writer:

Ki-duk Kim
23 wins & 19 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

The Bow (2005)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

On a fishing boat at sea, a 60-year old man has been raising a girl since she was a baby. It is agreed that they will get married on her 17th birthday, and she is 16 now. They live a quiet and secluded life, renting the boat to day fishermen and practicing strange divination rites. Their life changes when a teenage student comes aboard...

Director: Ki-duk Kim
Stars: Yeo-reum Han, Ji-Seok Seo, Gook-hwan Jeon
Moebius (2013)
Drama | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A father driven into desire, a son coveting that of his father's, and the sorrowful maternity that hovers them into tragedy.

Director: Ki-duk Kim
Stars: Jae-Hyun Cho, Yeong-ju Seo, Eun-woo Lee
3-Iron (2004)
Crime | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

A transient young man breaks into empty homes to partake of the vacationing residents' lives for a few days.

Director: Ki-duk Kim
Stars: Seung-Yun Lee, Hee Jae, Hyuk-ho Kwon
The Isle (2000)
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A Carer becomes the mother to a secluded isle.

Director: Ki-duk Kim
Stars: Jung Suh, Yoosuk Kim, Sung-hee Park
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Jae-Young is an amateur prostitute who sleeps with men while her best friend Yeo-Jin "manages" her, fixing dates, taking care of the money and making sure the coast is clear. When Jae-Young... See full summary »

Director: Ki-duk Kim
Stars: Eol Lee, Ji-min Kwak, Yeo-reum Han
Time (2006)
Drama | Mystery | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

To save her relationship, a woman puts herself through extensive plastic surgery.

Director: Ki-duk Kim
Stars: Jung-woo Ha, Ji-Yeon Park, Jun-yeong Jang
Breath (2007)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A love story involving a convicted prisoner who "slowly falls for a woman who decorates his prison cell".

Director: Ki-duk Kim
Stars: Chen Chang, In-Hyeong Gang, Jung-woo Ha
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

A boy is raised by a Buddhist monk on an isolated floating temple where the years pass like the seasons.

Director: Ki-duk Kim
Stars: Ki-duk Kim, Yeong-su Oh, Jong-ho Kim
Dream (2008)
Drama | Fantasy | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

In the aftermath of a car crash, a man discovers his dreams are tied to a stranger's sleepwalking.

Director: Ki-duk Kim
Stars: Joe Odagiri, Nayoung Lee, Mi-hee Chang
Amen III (2011)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

A journey of a Korean girl who wanders around Europe to find her boyfriend.

Director: Ki-duk Kim
Stars: Hye-na Kim, Ki-duk Kim
The Net (2016)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A North Korean fisherman breaks his boat engine by accident and drifts down to South Korea. After enduring brutal investigations in the South, he eventually gets sent back to North Korea.

Director: Ki-duk Kim
Stars: Seung-bum Ryoo, Won-geun Lee, Young-min Kim
Arirang (2011)
Documentary | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Documentary on director Kim Ki-Duk looking back at his film career.

Director: Ki-duk Kim
Stars: Ki-duk Kim
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
Min-soo Jo ... Mi-Son
Jung-Jin Lee ... Gang-Do (as Jeong-jin Lee)
Ki-Hong Woo Ki-Hong Woo ... Hoon-chul
Eunjin Kang ... Myeong-ja (Hoon-Chul's wife)
Jae-ryong Cho Jae-ryong Cho ... Tae-seung
Myeong-ja Lee ... Mother of Suicidal Man
Jun-seok Heo Jun-seok Heo ... Suicidal Man
Kwon Yul ... Machinist with the Guitar (as Se-in Kwon)
Mun-su Song ... Borrower Who Climbs the Steps
Beom-jun Kim Beom-jun Kim ... Myeongdong Man
Jong-hak Son Jong-hak Son ... Boss
Yong-wook Jin Yong-wook Jin ... Shop Owner in Wheelchair (as Jin Yong-Ok)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jae-rok Kim ... Monk
Won-jang Lee Won-jang Lee ... Sang-gu
Edit

Storyline

A loan shark is forced to reconsider his violent lifestyle after the arrival of a mysterious woman claiming to be his long-lost mother.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

A woman claiming to be his mother, fallen under unforgivable sin, then she suddenly disappears! The merciless truth gets revealed! God, have mercy on us... See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]

Country:

South Korea

Language:

Korean

Release Date:

6 September 2012 (South Korea) See more »

Also Known As:

Acı See more »

Filming Locations:

Seoul, South Korea See more »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

EUR103,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,222, 19 May 2013

Gross USA:

$22,080

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,623,330
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Some of the most controversial scenes in the film includes when Kang-do feeds the woman a piece of his own flesh from his thigh, and a scene when he molests her, and asking her "I came out of here? Can I go back in?". See more »

Quotes

Gang-Do: [grabbing between her legs] I came out of here?
[she nods]
Gang-Do: Here for sure?
[she nods again]
Gang-Do: Really? Then can I go back in?
See more »

Connections

Featured in At the Movies: Venice Film Festival 2012 (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

Happy Birthday to You
(uncredited)
By Patty S. Hill and Mildred J. Hill
Performed by Min-soo Jo
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
The surreal ending is a letdown for the cold realism of this dark drama
3 February 2013 | by klusebaSee all my reviews

Pieta is a dark drama by famous director Kim Ki Duk that has been chosen to represent South Korea at the 2013 Academy Awards.

The story is quickly told. A lonesome guy works for a brutal loan shark and destroys the existence of those who aren't able to pay their debts. One day, an old woman enters his life and claims to be his mother. In the beginning, he refuses to talk to that stranger but as the brutal man in his early thirties has been abandoned as a child, he starts having some serious doubts about the identity of that mysterious woman that does everything to get closer to him. Soon, they share their apartment together and develop a more profound relationship. The brutal gangster starts reconsidering his violent lifestyle and is doing his job with less conviction than before before he ultimately loses it. One day, the old woman disappears and he goes on a journey through his bleak past by facing his demons to find that woman who has given a new sens to his life.

The strongest point of the movie is without a doubt its negative atmosphere. The director creates many haunting images and still lifes that portray the desperate situation of the brutal main character. One can see animal carcasses as well as cold, grey and industrial garages all around his apartment. Many scenes show how he tortures people, masturbates or tries to rape a woman. These moments are very intense and show the desolate state of mind and soul that this lonesome guy lives with. That's why it's so interesting to see his slow change of mind and how he discovers emotions he has never had before after meeting that strange old woman that claims to be his mother. That's where this movie gets challenging, profound and even philosophical. That being said, the acting of the two main characters is rather credible and very good which keeps the attention high until the end of the movie.

The biggest flaw of this film is though definitely its predictable story line and the lack of surprises in the movie. Another letdown is the last quarter of the film where the acting and script gets less credible and where the main actor starts acting more and more stupid. The last scenes of the movie feel therefor quite surreal and break with the cold realism that has dominated the first three quarters of the film. The final moments are really a letdown in my opinion. With a better ending, this flick would have deserved one or even two points more even though the story is rather thin at some points but you should make up your own mind about this controversial and questionable ending.

In the end, fans of South Korean cinema and of challenging dark dramas shouldn't miss this movie and will surely enjoy it. For anybody else, this movie might be entertaining thanks to a good acting but definitely not impressive at all. I'm glad I saw the film but I wouldn't recommend a purchase and I probably wouldn't watch it again anytime soon.


4 of 11 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 37 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series

Stream Trending TV Series With Prime Video

Explore popular and recently added TV series available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed