Beasts Clawing at Straws (2020)

The color of greed turns blood red in this enjoyably exaggerated romp involving a group of cash-strapped people and a bag full of money.

Debuting director Kim Yong-hoon acknowledges a certain Fargo _influence, but there’s also a hint of _What’s Up, Doc?, albeit far bloodier, as a Louis Vuitton bag stuffed with cash becomes the catalyst for a cascading chain of events.

Jay Weissberg, Variety

Fishy metaphors abound in Kim Yong-hoon’s smart port-city neo-noir Beasts Clawing at Straws (Jipuragirado Jabgo Sipeun Jimseungdeul).

In the film’s opening moments, the loot is discovered in a locker by downtrodden sauna-hotel employee Joong-man (Bae Seong-woo), who for various family-related reasons happens to be in particularly urgent need of money. Similarly cash-strapped is demure bar hostess Mi-ran (Shin Hyun-been), bankrupted by stock market speculations and suffering domestic abuse at the hands of her volatile husband. One of her customers, Chinese wannabe badass Jin-tae (Jung Man-sik), falls headlong in love with her and offers to remove the despicable spouse from the picture permanently. Complications ensue – predictably, rapidly, bloodily.

Neil Young, Hollywood Reporter

  • Orig. title: 지푸라기라도 잡고 싶은 짐승들
  • Language: Korean
  • Subtitles: English
  • Distribution: M-Line Distribution
  • Cinematography: Kim Tae-sung
  • Editing: Han Mee-yeon
  • Music: Kang Nene
  • Sound: Kim Byung-in
  • Production design: Han Ah-rum