Lee Kang-do works as a debt collector. An orphan, his violence is that of a man who has never known affection or compassion. One day, a mysterious woman knocks on his door, claiming to be his mother. Distrustful at first, Kang-do starts to develop emotional feelings towards her. Until, suddenly, someone kidnaps her... If Kim Ki-duk left everyone disconcerted last year with the self-punishing ordeal in Arirang and the formal sordidness in Amen; he now returns to his extreme moral parables with a disturbing story of vengeance and love, inspired by the iconography of Michelangelo’s “Pietà”.
A referential director in contemporary Korean film, violence is mixed with symbolic lyricism in his cinema. Among others, he’s the author of The Isle (00), Arirang (11) and Pietà (Golden Lion winner at Venice 2012).
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