The Straits Times
Published on Sep 11, 2012

South Korean director unchanged by Venice triumph


SEOUL (AFP) - South Korean film director Kim Ki Duk said on Tuesday that he would stick to his maverick ways after winning the coveted Golden Lion prize at the Venice film festival for his anti-capitalist movie Pieta.

"Pieta mirrors my philosophy... I will continue to produce interesting and meaningful movies like this film," Mr Kim said.

The eccentric director, long-treated as an outcast at home, won the top award in Venice for the film, which tells of a brutal loan shark who struggles for redemption after he meets a woman claiming to be his mother.

It was the first time a South Korean movie has walked off with the top award at any of the big three international film festivals in Cannes, Berlin and Venice.