当前位置: 首页  Special Focus
Comments on Pieta
发布时间:2015-06-10 浏览次数:

When it comes to some negative words like apartness, harmful, sad and so on, it is a matter of course that people feel uncomfortable and would like to avoid like the plague. However, life is not being but a becoming. There are not only beauties but also the ugly things, and what you should do is to face and accept it. It hits me every time when I go over Pieta in my mind, empathy as well as fear comes crowding in my heart.

 

Different people may hold various opinions towards the film Pieta. Some people may be frightened by this film in half of which is full of extreme violence and sex. However, it is said that you will be greatly moved and impressed by the thinking of humanity in it after appreciating the whole movie. I am the kind of people who can’t stand with violence as well as tragedy, but this movie becomes the exception. It tells a tragedy in a distinctive angle.

 

This movie’s director Ki-duck Kim was not only a world famous director but was widely regarded as the forerunner of the criticism. Without any formal education in film, he set about working as a professional director by directing his first film Crocodile in1996. So talented he was that a great number of his films were thought highly of by the professional filmmakers and also won widely-acknowledged prizes in the world. Remarkably, in 2012, Ki-duk Kim's 18th film, Pieta won the 69th Venice International Film Festival Golden Lion for Best Film Award, which was of great significance to South Korean film industry.

 

In spite of this glory, he is also considered to innovate in his film-making. He does well in revealing the shadow of society in a violent way. Focusing on the special, he speaks up on behalf of them, telling people what they are suffering from and what life they are going through. There is no doubt that his pioneering work is like a bomb which always impresses audience deeply.

 

As I think, Pieta is one of the bombs. This movie began with a crippled man’s suicide, which led to the keynote of Pieta was doomed to be sad. The actor Kangdao earned his living by usury. Accustomed to make light of others lives, his life was nothing but violence and indifference, until a strange woman turned up which changed his life totally. Kangdao gradually accepted that this strange woman was his mother and opened his mind to the woman. The time spent with this woman was so happy that Kangdao wanted to quit his cruel usury. All of which seemed to go toward the happy ending, but things always did not happen as our wishes. The woman’s suddenly disappearance gave Kangdao a huge hit, which made him almost crazy. The fact was that the suicidal man who at the beginning of the film was Kangdao’s son and the woman wasn't Kangdao’s mother. It was Kangdao forced his son to death that made her feel the ache. Equally, she wanted to let Kangdao feel the pain of losing the greatest love as revenge. At the end of the film, his “mother” jumped from a building and died in front of Kangdao. The woman was just like sunshine lighted up his black world, so her death carried his heart off.  Kangdao was sharply hit by the whole situation, so he chose death finally, tying himself under the track.

 

In my opinion, four main features can be seen in Ki-duk Kim's films. Firstly, it's obvious that he has a good command of violence aesthetics. To reflect the profound tragedy of humanity and the nation, he often uses the means of extreme violence and sex which some film watchers can't accept. Secondly, the director is such a person keen on his own way that he never avoids discussing politics and the society in a metaphorical form such as fish, island, the beauties and so on spread in his films. Thirdly, different from the traditional prejudice that males are put on a higher position, he makes females play a vital role and the core of the conflict in his works. Last but not least, he pointed out the inner aspect of human nature directly. And this film is the most typical one of his films.

 

Kangdao’s death turned criticism toward the society. With the development of society, people seemed to be more and more indifferent. Kangdao was a cold and cruel debt collector due to the lack of love and care from his family. He forced debtors to get disabled just for money without any pity. Bearing great pressure, some debtors who got disabled chose suicide. Shang Jiu was one of them, the heroine in this film, cheated him into believing her as his “mother” who had abandoned him since he was a baby. Time when they lived happily didn’t last long. After struggling, the “mother” took action as planned to avenge her “son” by killing herself to destroy the hero's spirit. At last, the hero suicide to atone for what he had done.

 

What impresses me most in this film is the apartness. In our modern society, the apartness of human nature has been criticized as consequence of news reported by the media. For instance, it was once reported that a desperate man had a tendency to jump off a tall building to end his life. While the rescuers spared no effort to prevent this tragedy happening, the crowded burst into laughter and whistled on the spot but didn’t do any favor. What was worse, some even push him into jumping. At the same time, a middle-aged lady in a bus cried that if he was a real man, just jump. The spectators’ behavior might lead the man to jump directly. If the man whose fate was hanging by a thread was your family member, would you still do like that?

 

Mencius once said: Pity was indispensable for a man. However, people are losing our pity. It's usually reported that people just stand by when seeing someone nearly drowned to death in river; few people will offer help when begged for money; people choose to ignore when someone doing boldly what is righteous is kicked back by scoundrels to avoid getting into troubles. Those facts remind us to rethink what roles we are playing in our society.

 

We do not want to see a repetition of Pieta's tragic events, and neither do we want to people's apartness. As the song sings, as long as everyone sacrificed a little love, the world will become better. Only if we face to the harsh truth, will there be less apartness and the society will develop more wonderful so long as we follow heart and cling to what the brilliant civilization of over five thousand of years have told us.

 

 

Editor: Li Xing Source: English Net

what's new?