Pieta (2012) Film. Director : Kim Ki-Duk


Hired by moneylenders, a man lives as a loan shark brutally threatening people for paybacks. This man, without any family therefore with nothing to lose, continues his merciless way of life regardless of all the pain he has caused to a countless number of people. One day, a woman appears in front of him claiming to be his mother. He coldly rejects her at first, but gradually accepts her in his life. He decides to quit his cruel job and to live a decent life. Then suddenly the mother is kidnapped. Assuming that it would be by someone he had hurt in the past, he starts to track down all the people he had harassed. The man finally finds the one, only to discover most horrifi ng dark secrets better left unrevealed.—Venice International Film Festival

Has our cruelty and greed for money made disappear the faith for each other? Are we all awaiting God’s mercy? Working for loan sharks, a cruel man collects money from debtors one way or the other. Without any family or loved ones to worry about, he has no fear or hesitation when it comes to carrying out his evil deeds. One day, a woman appears in front of him, apologizing for throwing him away and insisting that she is his mother. At first, he doesn’t believe her, having no memories of a mother. But as his attachment to her grows, he discovers her gruesome yet sad secret. Causing controversy in Korea due to its violent content, Pieta premiered at the Venice Film Festival in September.(Filmekimi)

Zalimliğimiz ve para hırsımız yüzünden birbirimize inancımızı kaybetmiş olabilir miyiz? Hepimiz aslında Tanrı’nın merhametini mi bekliyoruz? Tefeciler adına çalışan zalim bir adam, patronlarının alacaklarını her ne yöntemle olursa olsun toplamaya alışmıştır. Ailesi ya da dert edeceği sevdikleri olmadığı gibi işini sınırsız kötülükle yapabilme yolunda ne korkusu ne de tereddüdü vardır. Bir gün karşısına bir kadın çıkar ve annesi olduğunu iddia ederek yıllar önce onu terkettiği için özür diler. Adam başta kadına inanmaz; herhangi bir anne hatırası yoktur. Ama kadına bağlandıkça onun korkunç bir sır sakladığını anlar. Kore’de şiddet sahneleri yüzünden şimdiden büyük tartışma yaratan Acı, ilk gösterimini Eylül’de Venedik Film Festivali’nde gerçekleştirdi.

Hwal (The Bow) (2005) Film. Director : Kim Ki-Duk

The film takes place on a boat floating on an unnamed ocean, on which lives an old man and a young girl. The old man plans to marry the girl, who he supposedly found some ten years earlier, and who has never left the boat, as soon as she turns seventeen. It is a date the old man eagerly awaits, even counting down the days on a calendar. The old man’s other prize possession is a bow, with which he protects the girl, as well as using it as a musical instrument. The two make money by hosting fishermen, and by telling their fortunes using the strange method of the old man shooting arrows at the girl as she swings in front of what appears to be a Buddhist painting on the side of the boat. Their idyllic existence is troubled by the appearance of a young man, who falls in love with the girl and accuses the old man of keeping her prisoner. Slowly, the girl starts to assert herself, and as the wedding day draws near, tensions mount and confrontation appears inevitable.

Celebrated Korean director Kim Ki-duk’s tale of lust and fate.