Film review: The Taste of Money (15)

Im Sangsoo, 112mins. Starring: Yun-shik Baek, Hyo-jin Kim

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This South Korean drama about a rich and corrupt family suffers from an identity crisis. 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.

It's not fast-moving or dramatic enough to convince as the latter and is too quirky to work as the former. Yoon Yeo-Jeong gives an enjoyably lurid performance as the matriarch, however, and certain scenes – a bizarre fist fight, the father in law floating like a jelly fish in his swimming pool – are so odd that they stick in the mind.