Venice winner ‘Pieta’ director a soft-spoken ‘monster’

The near-death of an actress in an accident while filming nearly ended director Kim Ki-duk’s career four years ago, but after making ‘Pieta,’ which took best picture at this year’s Venice film festival, he is now South Korea’s most feted auteur. The incident, in which an actress playing a character who hanged herself fainted with the rope around her neck and was cut down by Kim himself, shook Kim so badly it changed his views on mortality.