In two hours with not much events, this movie is slow like a heart beating. Sometimes it skipped a beat. Im sang-soo is really good at the cinematography, the air and environment. But I think the story is not new and predictable.
Unfortunately, some of the criticism pointed out here is true but this should not prevent anyone from watching "The Taste of Money". Korean (big budget) movies tend to look beautiful but this film's production design is simply jaw-dropping.
Not as polished and convincing as The Housemaid remake. There is no tension, no surprises, no nuances. But the biggest flaw is that the film lacks perversity. This Borgia family is nowhere as evil as it has been described. Ultimately, the taste of money falls flat.
Lacks the fatalistic unease of Housemaid, yet has something else stranger on offer. Taste unfolds like a mystery, with murder and sabotage that wouldn't be out of place in a giallo save for one thing: whodunnit is of no importance. We know who but it doesn't matter. Im's compositions are still first-rate, even among South Koreans, as he/his leads chase some singularly strange and ugly truth. Who knows if he found it?