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The Taste of Money (2013)

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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

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Cast

Kang-woo Kim
as Joo Yeong-jak
Kim Hyo-jin
as Yoon Na-mi
Baek Yoon-sik
as President Yoon
Youn Yuh-jung
as Baek Geum-ok
Hwang Jeong-Min
as Assistant No
On Ju-wan
as Yoon-cheol
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All Critics (18) | Top Critics (5)

This is a completely unenlightening cri de coeur against the most obvious targets of financial-spiritual discontent.

January 29, 2013 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
Time Out
Top Critic

Both bitter and delicious.

January 24, 2013 | Rating: 4/5
New York Times
Top Critic

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.

January 22, 2013 | Full Review…
Village Voice
Top Critic

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.

May 31, 2012 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
Time Out
Top Critic

A trite and tangled potboiler that, despite its polemical pretensions, is just a glorified Korean domestic drama with classier couture and shapelier champagne flutes.

May 26, 2012 | Full Review…
Variety
Top Critic

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.

February 21, 2014 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
Independent (UK)

Audience Reviews for The Taste of Money

Visually impressive but thematically hollow.  This film didn't do much for me as it was an absolute chore to sit through for most of its running time.  Personally, the story and the character development did absolutely nothing for me.  It's like a South Korean version of Dallas.  Rich people doing deplorable things to other, less fortunate people and each other without facing any of the consequences.  This might sound interesting to some people and, in theory, it probably came across like that.  Execution, though, is another thing entirely.  It just leaves a lot to be desired, there's no real character progression.  I understand Young-jak has a character arc but it's pretty uninteresting.  At first he's tempted by the money and power, then he realizes the corruption that goes along with that and decides he no longer wants a part of it.  That's as much effort as there was put into any.  Oh and the patriarch of the family actually did have the most interesting stuff going on, considering he wants to leave the family in search of the happiness he hasn't in all the years he's been married, but his wife, the head of the family, does not allow him to.  Easily much more interesting than the main character's arc Other than that there's not much going on here.  That's not to mention the tonal shifts that drag the movie down. Sometimes the film has a darkly comic tone, but other times it is completely humorless, almost ridiculously so. Like the scene at the airplane near the end feels like right out of a romantic comedy. Particularly considering the fact that that scene was followed by an incredibly serious moment. This movie clearly does not know what it wants to be. Solid acting and beautiful cinematography don't mean shit when your film is that lacking. I wouldn't recommend this at all, unless you're interested in it visually and technically, other than that, this movie doesn't offer anything.

Jesse Ortega
Jesse Ortega

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