Beasts Clawing at Straws

Director: Yong-Hoon Kim Run Time: 108 min. Rating: NR Language: Korean

Starring: Do-yeon Jeon, Sung-Woo Bae, Woo-sung Jung, Yuh-Jung Youn

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“A twisted cat and mouse tale of betrayal and mayhem with a genuinely droll tone throughout, virtually guaranteeing audience enjoyment and even (guilty) smiles in the face of murder.”

– Paul Quinn, Hangul Cinema

About the film:

Special Jury Award winner at International Film Festival Rotterdam 2020. Based on the 2011 Japanese novel by Keisuke Sone.

Fish-mongering gangsters, a greasy cop, an “innocent” gym cleaner, a young prostitute, her wife beater of a husband, her ruthless boss and her clueless boyfriend all violently scheme to get their hands on an elusive bag full of cash.

About the filmmakers:

This witty thriller is the debut feature from South Korean writer-director Kim Yong-hoon, who left his job at an entertainment company to pursue his filmmaking dreams, citing Alfred Hitchcock and Bong Joon-ho as inspirations.

Kim is the first filmmaker to bring together veteran performers Jeon Do-yeon, who won Best Actress at Cannes for Secret Sunshine (2007), and Jung Woo-sung, who has received critical acclaim for films including The Good the Bad the Weird (2008) and Asura: City of Madness (2016).

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