Beasts Clawing at Straws – Review

Beasts Clawing At Straws is the latest South Korean film drama genre. It premiered in theaters on February 12, 2020. The film was adapted from the Keisuke Sone novel of the same name (published August 5, 2011 by Kodansha). About people in desperate situations who have to live with their unexpected choices. Filming began on August 30, 2018 and finished November 30, 2018.

Beasts Clawing At Straws (Korean: 지푸라기 라도 잡고 싶은 짐승 들) – South Korea. Directed by Kim Young-hoon. First released on January 25, 2020 at the Rotterdam International Film Festival, with the Korean theater premiere on February 12, 2020. Airtime 1 hour 49 minutes. Starring Jung Woo-sung, Jeon Do-yeon, Bae Sung-woo, Youn Yuh-jung, Jeong Man-sik, Shin Hyun-bin.

Beasts Clawing At Straws tells about Joong-Man (Bae Sung-Woo). After failing in business, Joong-Man (Bae Sung-Woo) works part time at a bathhouse. She is in a difficult financial situation and she lives with her mother, who has Alzheimer’s disease. At the bath house, Joong-Man finds a bag containing cash in the locker. He decided to take the money.

Tae-Young (Jung Woo-Sung) works as a customs officer. He borrowed a large amount of money from loan sharks and lent the money to his girlfriend, Yeon-Hee (Jeon Do-Yeon). Yeon-Hee runs a business, but she suddenly disappears. Loan sharks start putting pressure on Tae-Young for his money. A woman’s body was found and the body was considered to belong to Yeon-Hee. Meanwhile, Mi-Ran (Shin Hyun-Bin) loses a lot of money in the stock market. She also has to deal with her physically abusive husband and she works as a barman to make money. One day, her customer Jin-Tae (Jung Ga-Ram) offers to kill her husband. The relationship of these people, who have different desires, is revealed.

Beasts Clawing at Straws
Beasts Clawing at Straws

Bae Sung-Woo as Joong-Man, a failed businessman who works in a bath to support his wife, daughter and mother who suffer from Alzheimer’s disease. The LV bag containing the money is not his, but Joong-man found it and saw an opportunity to escape from his family’s terrible financial difficulties.

Jeon Do-Yeon as Yeon-Hee, Tae-young’s girlfriend. He lost the money his girlfriend borrowed and he chose to run away and leave Taeyoung.  Games Online dan Offline

Jung Woo-Sung as Tae Young, Tae-young (Jung Woo-sung), port customs officer. Tae-young has borrowed money from Doo-man (Jeong Man-sik), a cruel moneylender. Unfortunately, Tae-young’s girlfriend, Yeon-hee (Jeon Do-yeon) loses money and runs away; Tae Young has to pay within a week or suffer the consequences of violence.

Jeong Man-Sik as Doo-Man, A cruel moneylender who lent Tae-Young money.

Shin Hyun-Bin as Mi-Ran, who works as a barman and returns home for a cruel husband.

Jung Ga-Ram as Jin-Tae, a Chinese-Korean customer named Jin-tae. She’s a regular customer for Mi-ran. Her relationship grows intimate and Jin-tae decides to free Mi-ran from her husband.

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