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Beasts Clawing at Straws

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A Luis Vuitton bag stuffed full of cash sends a group of hard-luck lowlifes on a desperate chase for the fortune in this pitch-black neo-noir crime thriller. 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 the elusive bag. A slow burner at the start, first time director Kim Yong-hoon’s witty thriller is a beautifully constructed puzzle; with each double-cross, the pieces fall into place. Starring Jung Woo-sung from The Good, the Bad, the Weird and Jeon Do-yeon, award winner in Cannes for her lead role in Secret Sunshine.

"A neo-noir with impressive storytelling acumen and stylistic brio to spare, [director] Kim spins an amoral tale of greed and retribution from the ground up, reminding of the pure visceral pleasures a well-wrought genre exercise can still provide." Film Comment

"No Country for Old Men meets Pulp Fiction" Neil Young, Hollywood Reporter

"A neo-noir with impressive storytelling acumen and stylistic brio to spare, [director] Kim spins an amoral tale of greed and retribution from the ground up, reminding of the pure visceral pleasures a well-wrought genre exercise can still provide." Film Comment

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Kim Yong-hoon

 
Cast
Jeon Do-yeon, Jeong Woo-sung, Bae Sung-woo, Yoon Yeo-jeong, Jeong Man-sik, Shin Hyun-bin
South Korea 2020 108 min. Korean with English subtitles 19+ Trailer

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