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  • "It's a story about victims and attackers."
  • Aug 27, 2012
  • Pieta's director KIM Ki-duk

    - What does it feel like to make a comeback after 4 years of hiatus?

    I wasn't active for about three years. It's not that I didn't make any films. I made Arirang and Amen but they weren't released in Korea. Pieta was a project that I started with view to open at theaters so it'll be a chance for me to meet the audience after a long break. It doesn't, feel all the new or special, though.
    As a director, when I make a film, I always hope that the audience will come and see it and find some meaning in it or enjoy it. My films so far have been ambiguous and they've mostly been films with meaning rather than entertainment value, so in that respect, Pieta will feel more commercial.
    I'm curious to find out what the audience will feel about it. Having said that, I don't think Pieta is all that different from my previous works. It simply has a more familiar story, a story that we all know.
    I'm curious every time I release a film, how my topic the script that I wrote, the end result that comes from my direction, how all those will be perceived by the audience and that curiosity is a great source of excitement and anticipation for me every time.
    - What does the title Pieta mean?

    It's not simple to explain the title. It could have a religious meaning and the word itself has the meanin