Synopsis: A loan shark is forced to reconsider his violent lifestyle after the arrival of a mysterious woman claiming to be his long-lost mother.
Genre: Crime, Drama
Director(s): Ki-duk Kim
Production: Drafthouse Films
  23 wins & 19 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
104 min

A KIM Ki-duk Film production

CHO Min-soo LEE Jung-jin

executive producers

KIM Ki-duk, KIM Woo-taek


KIM Soon-mo

written and directed by

KIM Ki-duk

The 18th film by KIM Ki-duk



Oh Sh*t.

Hello? Won-bong?

It's Hoon-chul. Sh*t.

Lend me some money.

Right now, man!

Or I'm gonna be a cripple


Sell your house and help me!

Hello? Won-bong! Hey!

He'll be here soon!

Sh*t, he can't kill me

forjust $3,000.

It's now $30,000!

How can the interest be

He said he'll injure you and

take the insurance claim.

That's why they lent it to us

when we got nothing.

Why'd you sign the insurance!

I had no other choice!

I wish I could sell

even you right now!

Hey! Hey!

Do something!

You used it, too!

But only I become a cripple?

You can't. Then, I'll have to

support you.

Stop it!

Get up.

- What are you doing?

- Hold still.

At a time like this?

Aren't you scared?

It's cuz I'm terrified!


Who the hell?

Son of a b*tch.

Ah... yes...

- What are you doing!

- Stay outside.

What are you trying to pull?

Stay out if you don't

wanna be a cripple.


No, Myung-ja!

Don't do this!

Myung-ja! Please no!

Oh sh*t.

Do whatever you want

and give us another week.

If he becomes a cripple,

we're dead.

You son of a b*tch!

Please don't!

Please don't!

Please don't!

Damn piece of sh*t!

You'll pay for this!

Irresponsibly borrowing

and not paying up.

Folks like you are sh*t!


The hell!

The hell are you doing?

Who the hell are you?

Crazy b*tch! Get out!

What the f***!

Got a grudge on me?

Stab me.

Go ahead!


Lee Kang-do.

I'm sorry I abandoned you.

The hell did you just say?

Forgive me for coming so late.

The f*** are you saying!

Forgive me.

The f*** is this! Crazy b*tch!


F***! Don't say my name!


B*tch! Don't say my name!

I got no one!

Please forgive me.

Crazy b*tch!

Just leave it.

I'll do it later.

It's okay. I'll do it.

Go home and rest.

Mom? Look at me.

Turn your head.

It's pretty.

It's warm.


That's all I got.

How can the interest

be 10 times more?

Don't look, Mom!

Go in! Don't look!

No, Tae-seung...


Grab it.

I said, grab it!

If I become a cripple...

there's no one to take care of

my poor mom.

Don't you have a mom?

It's not high enough.

I can't be a cripple

and burden Mom!

If you die, the insurance gets

messed up. Justjump.

Evil bastard.

Who's that woman?

Please! Give me more time!

Just one more week!


Get lost before

I throw you over!

It's all my fault.

Cuz I abandoned you...

Cut the sh*t! You b*tch!

Or I'll kill you!

I don't mind

dying by your hands.

Crazy b*tch.

My leg!


Oh, my leg!

One joint completely gone.

The claim will be just

what you owe us.

Son of a b*tch!

You'll burn to death!

You'll scream in agony

and burn in hell forever!

How dare you say that

to my son!

Stop following me!

Go away!

What will you eat today?

Pork? Eel? Duck?

I'll buy.

I'll do it myself!






Hi, Jong-bok.

Long time no see.

Why'd you call?

Me? I'm not busy.

It'll be torn down here soon.

So, there's no business.

All I got left are debts.

Drinks? Tomorrow?

Sure. Sounds good.


Okay, then.

See you tomorrow.







Think that's the end?


Irresponsible fool.

Isn't that Kang-chul?

It's Kang-chul, right?

Are you his friend?

Got any bank accounts,

rings, or necklaces?



You're really my mom

who abandoned me?


Want me to call you mom?

Answer me.

You b*tch!

Bullshit! I lived 30 years

without a mom!

If I ever see you again...

I'll rip you to shreds!

Shaking me up...





You're the one who left me

as I was born?

When mommy goes to the island

to pick oysters

the baby is left alone

to watch the house

Ebb and flow of tidal waves

sounds like a lullaby

With his elbow as a pillow

the baby falls asleep

Prove to me you're my mom.

I'm sorry.

Give me proof!

I have a big birth mark.

Where is it?

If you're my mom, you'd know!

I was too young.

I got scared and ran

as soon as I had you.

You lie!

Who are you?

Why show up all of a sudden?


What do you want from me?

If you're my mom, eat this.

My poor Kang-do.

I came out of here?

Here for sure?


Then, can I go back in?

I'm going back in!


If you're not my mom,

I'll stop.

You're not my mom, are you!

Hold still! I'm going in!

Wash up.

I'm making breakfast.

Try it.

Hi, Honey.

How's the baby?

Then, I'll be a daddy

next month?

Got the ultrasound?

Who does he look like?

No, he can't resemble me

or he'll end up like me.

Look closely.

Okay, then.

I love you, too.

I have a customer.

I'll call you later.

Can I borrow more money?

$30,000 more.

I'll gladly be a cripple.

Why'd you borrow it?

Cuz we're having a baby.

He'll be born next month.

I wanna give him everything.

I feel bad.

If he's born cuz of me,

I should take responsibility.

I'd do anything for the baby.

I made money off this.

But, now I'll make

the sacrifice.

I'm ready.

I envy him.

For what?

How you think of him.

Don't all parents

feel the same?

Your parents would've done

the same.

How much insurance money

can I get for one hand?

$30,000. That'll cover

your debt to us.

Then, $60,000 for both?

Then, cut this one, too.

Get $60,000 and give me


I wanna play it one last time.

If I continued with music,

I would've ended up worse.

I don't need it.

Take it.

Aren't you doing it?

What are you doing?

I gotta be a cripple.

I have to provide for my son.

So, hurry up!

Make me a cripple!


Play it for the baby.

What'd you do before

you met me?

Got any family?

No husband or kids?

Do I have any siblings?

Why're you crying?

I'm not.

Today's the lastjob.

Anything you need or wanna do?

Anyone you want to kill?

What do you want?


I lasted 50 years here.

But ended up with nothing.

The owners get new buildings

coming in.

What about tenants like us?

What is money?

I had no intention of paying

back from the start.

I got it to spend like crazy,

then die.

Ever looked down on

Cheonggyecheon from the sky?

This place is going to be gone.

I came when I was 16,

Soon, this place will be...

filled with high-rises, too.

Death complicates the claim!


What is death?

Don't feel guilty cuz of me.


LEE SANG-GU $30,000

It made me feel sorry to you.

What did you do

to the man today?

Jumped off a building

by himself.

He must be dead.

What is money?


The beginning and the end

of all things.

Love, honor, violence, fury...

hatred, jealousy...




Yes, revenge.

If anyone comes here,

don't open the door.

Call me right away!

I will.

Do you wanna go out?


Try this on.

So cute.

Me! Give it to me!

Say, one more please.

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