One of South Korea's richest families, controlled with a vice-like grip by Geum-ok (Yoon Yeo-jeong), wife of the prominent but disillusioned family-business President, Yoon (Baek Yun-shik), is in the throes of crisis. Her newly appointed personal secretary, a handsome and ambitious young man, Joo (Kim Kang-woo), deals with the families immoral and illegal activities whilst patiently waiting for his own chance for financial reward, but when he is witness to an affair the balance of power shifts, with tragic consequences.
As their personal and professional empire begins to unravel and a scandalous arrest threatens to expose the family's unsavoury secrets, the steely-cold Geum-ok turns to the basest form of revenge left available to her, cold-blooded murder. Lost between his own shrinking sense of morality and a shortcut to an ever-growing bank balance, Joo has to decide between rescuing what is left of his moral soul and a the plentiful supply of cold-hard-cash that lies waiting for him on wooden pallets in the household’s basement vault.
From the Im Sang-hoo, the director of The Housemaid (Im Sang-soo) comes The Taste of Money [Do-nui mat], a bitter and (according to the press release) delicious thriller of lust, seduction, decadence and betrayal. The film screened in competition at Cannes, where it received a mixed critical response, particularly when compared to its acclaimed predecessor, though BeyondHollywood.com called it "an enjoyably cynical and immoral couple of hours." I have to admit that in the current political climate, I have to be seriously pushed to engage with a movie about the obscenely wealthy, whatever their fate, but who am I to pre-judge?
The Taste of Money will be released on UK DVD on 6th January 2014 by Arrow Films at the RRP of £19.99.
What? No extra features? I thought these people were rich.