There so much about this film that I really like yet at the same time there’s so much about it that had me rolling my eyes. About halfway I was ready to turn it off out of boredom. But stuck with it and I’m glad I did. The English acting is terrible but the women are beautiful the sets are gorgeous and the lead actor is tragic. Worth the time.
(1.5 stars) Bored to tears. Or at least nearly. Characters that you really don't care about. Some of the worst acting (the English-speaking scenes) that I've seen in a long, long while. Actually pretty hilariously so in some scenes. A few creative shots and images scattered selectively throughout the film, which saves it from fully being horrible. But overall... ugh.
There are plenty of far superior South Korean movies out there, but The Taste Of Money is an interesting look at what happens when organised crime clashes with people falling in and out of love. It's a slow and sedate film, no real lashings of ultraviolence here, but none the worse for it.
I am rarely convinced by this genre, but I felt the Taste of Money balanced voyeurism with awe and empathy brilliantly. It stuck to its narrow fly-on-the wall like portrayal of events without trying to present the story from conflicting view points and didn't indulge in preaching. The pace of the story telling gets a little too quick towards the end, but the wondrous aesthetics keep your disbelief in suspense.
Il y a fatalement quelque chose d'envoûtant dans cette mise en scène et cette perdition des personnages. L'esthétique particulièrement travaillée et la beauté des comédiens glacent le spectateur et créent aussi la limite d'un film finalement artificiel ; un peu comme un panda en bas résilles et vernis à ongles...
Im Sang-soo is fascinated by money & ancillary relationships (The Housemaid). And by Yun Yeo-Jung's (68) faded beauty, also starring in these 2 movies (& Kim Ki-Young's favorite actress). Im Sang-soo est fasciné par l'argent & les relations ancillaires (The Housemaid). Et par la beauté fanée de Yun Yeo-Jung (68) également vedette de ces 2 films & actrice fétiche de Kim Ki-Young (La Femme insecte 1972). Amour partagé.