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US Trailer For Kim Ki-Duk’s Venice Winner PIETA; Plus New Mondo Poster

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US Trailer For Kim Ki-Duk’s Venice Winner PIETA; Plus New Mondo Poster

Pieta Here’s the last trailer for controversial Korean director Kim Ki-Duk’s genuinely tense, violent drama film called Pieta, the 2012 Venice Golden Lion winner and South Korea’s Oscar entry. The dark crime drama stars Lee Jung-jin as a relentless loan shark tasked with gathering loans from impoverished residents of a blue-collar factory town, whose life is changed when a somber woman shows up claiming to be his long-lost mother, played by Cho Min-soo. The title draws from the Michelangelo sculpture of the Virgin Mary cradling Jesus as he bleeds to death because Kim tracks Kang-do’s transition from unfeeling loner to appreciative son. However, the movie looks blatantly frugal. Pieta will be released by Drafthouse Films in limited theaters on May 17th, but will be available via iTunes and VOD April 12th, 2013. Watch the trailer along with a poster by Mondo artist Jay Shaw. Here’s the synopsis:
Winner of the Golden Lion at the 2012 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 haunting story, a loan shark living an isolated and lonely existence 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 appears in front of him claiming to be his long-lost mother. After coldly rejecting her at first, he gradually accepts her in his life and decides to quit his cruel job and seek a decent, redemptive 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.

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