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Beasts Clawing at Straws - ends 11/26

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A Louis 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, a crooked customs official, a sad-sack gym attendant, a beautiful 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. First time director Kim Yong-hoon’s witty thriller is a beautifully constructed puzzle that with each double-cross find the pieces fall into place. Starring Jung Woo-sung from "Asura: City of Madness" and Jeon Do-yeon, award winner in Cannes for her lead role in "Secret Sunshine". 

“A shamelessly convoluted 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

"an amusing, echt Korean romp." Variety

“As a directorial debut from writer and director Kim Yong Hoon, this is about as good as it gets.” Eye for Film

  • Year
  • Runtime
    108 minutes
  • Language
  • Country
    Korea, Republic of
  • Director
    Yong-Hoon Kim