DVD - 2012 | Korean
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"A loan shark is forced to reconsider his violent lifestyle after the arrival of a mysterious woman claiming to be his long-lost mother."--IMDb.
Publisher: [Australial] : [2012] Madman Entertainment,
Branch Call Number: DVD PIET
Characteristics: 1 DVD (104 min.)


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Feb 21, 2017

Writer/director Ki-Duk Kim’s somewhat scattered psychodrama is a grab bag of pop psychology and pseudo religious riffs which don’t quite gel into a comfortable whole. There’s an unhealthy dollop of Freud’s Oedipal Complex as mother and son cross that fine line a few times (ever see Bertolucci’s "Luna"?), a little bit of Buddhist mysticism involving ice cold Karma wherein attachment to worldly goods—in this case money—is the root of all suffering, and some good old divine punishment and martyrdom straight from the bible as Mi-Son and Gang-Do take turns looking down on each other from a great height. A cruel film whose emotional detachment and casual sadism ensure audiences are kept at arm’s length, neither railing against its protagonist’s transgressions nor revelling in his agony. Great performances however, and a macabre ending that hints at how good the production might have been.

Mar 28, 2016

A haunting, brutalist film. The social damage of the crushing tsunami of the Korean push for enrichment and modernization. Excellent acting. Not for everyone, though; for those with no sense of East Asian life much of the movie will seem inexplicable, alien, harsh and masochistic. That is the point.

Jul 07, 2015

A well acted drama and storyline. However, I think money only rules us if we let it. We assign the energy to it.

Dec 16, 2013

A look at the complex relationship between a cold loan shark and a woman, who suddenly appears claiming to be his absent mother.
There's some disturbing subject matter including brutality, revenge & perverse sexuality.Lee Jung-Jin & Jo Min-soo both do their xters justice. Great casting on that front.
Must-see, but definitely not for the faint at heart!

Sep 04, 2013

Controversial Korean director Kim Ki-duk spared no effort in coming up with this high drama. A very high drama indeed : a twisted plot which includes extreme brutality, rape, incest, and the favourite theme - revenge. This is not a film for one with a weak stomach. It is meant to grab your attention and to shock - many times throughout. There is no question the design of plot was ingeniously done, but in achieving high drama it also went beyond credibility. Watch it for the drama and the shock value. Whether you like it or not, you will remember this film as one that stands out among all those you have seen in the past year. In Korean with subtitles.

Aug 21, 2013

Brutal and incredibly unsettling, yet so honest, profound and compassionate. This film moved me to tears. Definitely not for the faint of heart. This is bravura filmmaking of the highest order. One of the very best films I've ever seen, and this is not hyperbole.


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Sep 04, 2013

Sexual Content: Masturbation scenes and suggestion of incest. And rape.

Sep 04, 2013

Violence: Extreme violence including the breaking of arms and legs.

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