Director: Yong-Hoon Kim
Writer: Yong-Hoon Kim (Screenplay) Keisuke Sone (Novel)
Starring: Do-yeon Jeon, Woo-sung Jung, Sung-Woo Bae, Man-sik Jeong, Kyung Jin, Hyun Been Shin
Plot: A struggling restaurant owner, caring for his sick mom, finds a bag of cash in a sauna locker, while a customs officer gets into trouble when his girlfriend runs off with money he borrowed from a loan shark.
Runtime: 1 Hour 48 Minutes
There may be spoilers in the rest of the review
Story: Beasts Clawing at Straws starts Tae-Young (Jung) is searching for his missing girlfriend Yeon-Hee (Jeon) who has vanished with money that he borrowed from a loan shark, he has been working with a close friend Carp to locate her, but Mr Park wants his money back, as time is running out.
Another man Woebegone (Bae) finds a bag filled with money at work and looks to use it to help his mother and wife escape the hardship they have been through, even under a strict boss, while Mi Ran (Shin) is suffering domestic abuse from her husband, with a young man Jin-Tae (Jung) offering her an escape from this world.
Thoughts on Beasts Clawing at Straws
Thoughts – Beast Clawing at Straws is an award winning movie that will give us three stories of people needing to escape a life they find themselves trapped in, each looking for a way out, all seeing them turn to something illegal to make it happen. We get to see how each character will have a different motivation for what they are doing, showing the desperation of a poor man to support his family, a woman trying to escape her abusive relationship and a lover who has lost the most important person in his life. The performance are wonderful throughout, showing us the different levels of sympathy the characters deserve. The story does play out in different chapters, which will crossover through the film, which will lead to the bigger moments of what has drawn so heavily towards the money bag, which will change the lives of everyone involved.
Final Thoughts – Beasts Clawing at Straws a beautifully blend thriller that will constantly keep you guessing to what will happen next.
BEASTS CLAWING AT STRAWS streaming on December 15.