Director: Ki-duk Kim. Cast: Min-soo Jo, Jeong-jin Lee. 104 min. South Korea. Drama.
When it's from South Korea, I brace myself for a disturbing story about the extreme behavior of people on-edge; but expected this (from the director of the gentle Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring) to be an exception. Nevertheless, the tale of a mind-numbingly ruthless loan shark who suddenly finds the mother who abandoned him 30 years ago at his door, leaves little room for sweetness. Conceivable how the mere physical presence of a parent can change one's life. Final scene: a sprayed line of blood trailing behind a pickup truck in the early morning hours. You get the idea.
PS: This film was the winner of the Golden Lion at the 2012 Venice Film Festival, among a multitude of other awards.