The Taste of Money (2013)
In a mansion on the outskirts of Seoul lives one of South Korea's richest families. Although nominally headed by a prominent businessman, it's his wife Madame Baek who's really in control. Her personal secretary, a handsome young man newly introduced to the world of power, deals with the family's immoral-and frequently illegal-activities while he waits for his own opportunity to make it rich. But everything changes when an affair upsets the household's balance of power, and an unexpected arrest threatens to expose the family's tawdriest secrets. (c) IFC … More
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Critic Reviews for The Taste of Money
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 feels like Im intended this as a moral fable. He should have played for laughs; material this blunt works best as satire.
Sex, death, greed, corruption: they're all here in handsomely mounted and highly polished cases. Taste the money - smell the glove.
A veritable orgy of vulgar melodrama, The Taste of Money might pass as satire if the conclusions drawn were not so broad and unsurprising.
It is a strange slo-mo farce, well directed, highly sexualised - shallow, but sleek.
This grotesque, luxe white-collar chamber drama from South Korea is often laughably bad.
A glossy, heavy-handed soap opera with all the complexity of a four-piece jigsaw puzzle.
Im Sangsoo seems too much in love with what he seeks to condemn for The Taste Of Money to have real bite.
The story bounces about in a fashion that's as chaotic as the film's visuals are placid, suffused with sumptuous malice.
It's a feast for the eyes that starves the brain, filled with unsympathetic characters and clichés straight out of Wall Street and other corporate thrillers.
This is a completely unenlightening cri de coeur against the most obvious targets of financial-spiritual discontent.
For all the revelations about the way the rich operate, there's little juicy pleasure to be had in the proceedings.
Is there such a thing as "tastefully smutty"? Director Im Sang-soo's moody and semi-Shakespearian The Taste of Money walks that line with some artfully lit humping and cross-generational seduction.
As the sexual, financial and criminal shenanigans get ever more complicated, absurd and melodramatic, the film becomes increasingly tiresome; it's not even possible to enjoy its excesses in a 'so bad it's good' way.
A trite and tangled potboiler that, despite its polemical pretensions, is just a glorified Korean domestic drama with classier couture and shapelier champagne flutes.
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