Kim Yong-hoon’s cerebral and brilliant crime drama, Beasts Clawing At Straws, was definitely one of the finer viewings during its festival run. Artsploitation snagged the film stateside for a limited theatrical release back in October and is now rolling out the pic on VOD beginning December 15.
A Louis Vuitton bag stuffed full of cash sends a group of hard-luck lowlifes on a desperate chase for fortune in this pitch-black neo-noir crime thriller. Fish-mongering gangsters, a greasy cop, an “innocent” gym cleaner, a scheming prostitute, her wife beater of a husband, her ruthless boss and her clueless boyfriend all violently plot 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, the pieces fall into place.
Beasts Clawing At Straws is based on Keisuke Sone’s 2011 novel and stars Jeon Do-yeon, Jung Woo-sung, Bae Sung-woo, Yun Yuh-jung, Jung Man-sik, Jin Gyeong, Shin Hyun-been, Kim Jun-han, Jung Ga-ram, Park Ji-hwan and Heo Dong-won.