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Taste of Money, The (15)


Newly-hired gofer Young-Jak Joo becomes a key pawn in a powerful South Korean corporate-crime family obsessed with sex, money, and intrigue.

The critical consensus

Combined with a misguided focus on secretary Young-Jak (Kim Kang-Woo) it feels like Im intended this as a moral fable. He should have played for laughs; material this blunt works best as satire.

***(*)(*)Simon Kinnear, Total Film, 25/10/2013

Too dull to even work as kitsch.

*(*)(*)(*)(*)David Jenkins, Little White Lies, 24/10/2013

Im Sangsoo seems too much in love with what he seeks to condemn for The Taste Of Money to have real bite.

***(*)(*)Allan Hunter, The List, 21/10/2013

The director seems uncertain whether he is making a slow-burning character drama or a satirical gangster movie about modern-day Seoul's answer to the Borgias.

**(*)(*)(*)Geoffrey Macnab, The Independent, 24/10/2013

It is a strange slo-mo farce, well directed, highly sexualised – shallow, but sleek.

***(*)(*)Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 24/10/2013

Sex, death, greed, corruption: they're all here in handsomely mounted and highly polished cases. Taste the money – smell the glove.

***(*)(*)Mark Kermode, The Observer, 27/10/2013

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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