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Movie reviews: Kim Ki-duk’s Pietà; Wong Kar Wai’s The Grandmaster; Stephen Chow’s Journey To The West: Conquering The Demons

Hot damn! Three new movies by three of my favorite filmmakers: Kim Ki-duk, Wong Kar-Wai, and Stephen Chow. Pietà, the latest film by Kim Ki-duk, depicts a ruthless and violent money collector who is embraced by seemingly the only person with the power to tame him: his long-lost mother. The events are as brutal as the premise is simple,  bolstered by layers of symbolism and the blackest of humor. The critique of capitalism could be seen as cartoonish but I thought it was hilarious. Somewhere between playing chess with Death or Socrates learning a Kansas song, the goon’s downfall is loaded with meaning yet amusing to no end. It doesn’t hurt that the movie is masterfully filmed with no filler...

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Movie reviews: Kim Ki-duk’s Pietà; Wong Kar Wai’s The Grandmaster; Stephen Chow’s Journey To The West: Conquering The Demons

Hot damn! Three new movies by three of my favorite filmmakers: Kim Ki-duk, Wong Kar-Wai, and Stephen Chow. Pietà, the latest film by Kim Ki-duk, depicts a ruthless and violent money collector who is embraced by seemingly the only person with the power to tame him: his long-lost mother. The events are as brutal as the premise is simple,  bolstered by layers of symbolism and the blackest of humor. The critique of capitalism could be seen as cartoonish but I thought it was hilarious. Somewhere between playing chess with Death or Socrates learning a Kansas song, the goon’s downfall is loaded with meaning yet amusing to no end. It doesn’t hurt that the movie is masterfully filmed with no filler...

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Kim Ki Duk Wins at Venice Film Festival

[youtube]aWqInjUp6Xg[/youtube] Kim Ki-duk went from being a blue collar type guy with an average hair cut and a penchant for the ladies to now being a pony tailed hipster. What a difference a few years makes. His film Pieta just won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival, but with some controversy. Evidently, the PT Anderson film was supposed to win, but because there’s a rule of winning more than two awards, the jury had to go back. (Nation – Kim Ki-duk)

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