In the opening scene of Beasts Clawing at Straws, a big Louis Vuitton bag is stuffed into a locker. As the end credits roll, we see the same bag again in close-up, but in someone else’s hands. In the time between these two shots, director Kim Yonghoon presents a host of characters in his beautifully constructed crime drama, all of whom are hell-bent on putting the others out of the game.

Having gone bankrupt, Joong-Man is forced to move back in with his mother, who has Alzheimer’s. He finds the bag full of money in a locker at a public baths, and sees it as the solution to all his (financial) problems. Customs official Tae-Young is also urgently in search of money, as his girlfriend has run off with the capital he borrowed from a shady moneylender. Mi-Ran has lost a fortune on the stock market and is now working as a 'hostess' to earn it back again. One day, an amorous client offers to kill her violent husband for her.

Formerly an assistant to Jang Jin – who was subject of a retrospective at IFFR 2015 – Kim’s feature debut conjures up a whirlwind of greed, revenge and other human shortcomings. In spite of the at times cynical violence, he nevertheless evokes sympathy for the fates of his characters. In this, he is ably assisted by a great cast, including Jung Woosung from Asura: City of Madness and Jeon Doyeon, award winner in Cannes for her lead role in Secret Sunshine.

Winner IFFR 2020 Special Jury Award.

Screenings

  • Sat 25 Jan de Doelen Jurriaanse Zaal
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  • Sun 26 Jan Pathé 1
    With Q&A
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  • Mon 27 Jan Pathé 4
    With Q&A
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  • Tue 28 Jan Cinerama 3
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  • Thu 30 Jan KINO 1
    With Q&A
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  • Sat 1 Feb de Doelen Willem Burger Zaal
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Original title
Ji-pu-ra-gi-ra-do jap-go-sip-eun jim-seung-deul
Filmmaker
Kim Yonghoon
Premiere
World premiere
Country
South Korea
Year
2020
Medium
DCP
Length
109’
Language
Korean
Producer
Billy Acumen
Production Company
B.A. ENTERTAINMENT
Sales
M-Line Distribution
Writer
Kim Yonghoon
Cinematography
Kim Taesung
Editor
Han Meeyeon
Production Design
Han Ahreum
Cast
Jeon Doyeon, Jung Woosung, Bae Seongwoo, Shin Hyunbeen, Youn Yuhjung, Jung Mansik, Jin Gyeong