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The Taste of Money 2013

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4.0 out of 5 stars (10) IMDb 5.8/10

When the private assistant of a wealthy socialite reveals her husband's salacious affair, he is entangled in a web of sex, love and deceit that could threaten his life.

Starring:
Kang-woo Kim, Yun-shik Baek
Runtime:
1 hour, 55 minutes

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Genres Drama, Thriller
Director Sang-soo Im
Starring Kang-woo Kim, Yun-shik Baek
Supporting actors Yeo-jeong Yoon, Hyo-jin Kim, Maui Taylor, Ju-wan On, Byung-gil Kwun, Jeong-min Hwang, Darcy Paquet, Eung-soo Kim, Jin-yeong Park, Won-joong Jung, Jae-goo Lee
Studio IFC Midnight
MPAA rating Unrated (Not Rated)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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By K. Harris HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on June 8, 2013
Format: DVD
No one is an innocent in the Korean drama "The Taste of Money" and that's a decidedly good thing. While I was a fan of director Im Sang-Soo's "The Housemaid," it had a chilly remoteness that kept me at arm's length throughout. I had no such qualms with "The Taste of Money." Hard edged, cynical, and merciless, this family saga plays out to almost Shakespearean proportions. There are enough bad acts committed within the central clan of this film to fuel several other movies. From suspicious business deals, to underworld crime connections, to scandalous sexual escapades, the lifestyles of the rich and privileged have never looked so cold hearted or depraved. It's eat or be eaten, any sign of weakness may spell your demise. This is exactly the type of adult soap opera that I crave. And set in the opulent surroundings of luxury, the film has a style and a visual splendor to spare. In case you couldn't tell, I quite liked this one even if I felt a little dirty for doing so.

Set upon the estate of one of Seoul's most influential families, "The Taste of Money" sets up a colorful cast of characters. The patriarch is engaged in an illicit affair, the power hungry matriarch is bent on revenge, the son is running afoul of the law, the grandfather is a criminal bigwig, and the daughter is flirting with the help. As an outsider, this young man (an assistant who continually assumes greater responsibility) becomes our entry into this world of sordidness. As he gets more acquainted with the family, he is drawn into their secrets. And the power that they hold seduces him. As they corrupt his propriety, he becomes a willing accomplice to his own downward spiral. But when is enough really enough? Is everyone destined to their predetermined fate or can our protagonist break the evil grip that binds him?
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Underdeveloped characters with vague motivations, absurd plot twists, meandering story line - these are the primary characteristics of this film. Like most day-time drama / telenovela stories about the super rich, this film is an exercise in cliches. The interiors upstaged the action and actors by virtue of at least being consistent. The writing appeared to be awful from what was legible in the often white-on-white tiny subtitles. This film appears to have suffered from too much money spent on the signifiers of wealth rather than any real in-depth look at the inhabitants of this world. Particularly offensive was the Korean-speaking American who put in the worst acting job I have seen outside of a Warhol film, but without the fun.
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I always find it more than a bit ironic when rich, artsy types feel the need to expose just how far money corrupts. On occasions - such as in Im Sang-soo's stellar 2010 remake of THE HOUSEMAID - it's particularly effective, insightful, and downright scathing. In fact, one has to wonder how these rich, artsy types go about finding the money and the financiers to put together such a visual indictment about how money destroys things, but, thankfully, I'm not a part of that world. All I have to do as a viewer is sit back and watch how the world unravels, confident in my assessment that I'll never have the kind of `scratch' to live the lifestyles of the rich and shameless. I guess it's true that money can't buy you happiness, but, boy, if THE TASTE OF MONEY is any indication, it sure can buy you tragedy.

(NOTE: The following review will contain minor spoilers necessary solely for the discussion of plot and characters. If you're the kind of reader who prefers a review entirely spoiler-free, then I'd encourage you to skip down to the last three paragraphs for my final assessment. If, however, you're accepting of a few modest hints at `things to come', then read on ...)

In a mansion outside of Seoul lives the Baek family - the richest of the rich South Korean businessmen. No longer content in the sexless isolation with his once-loving wife, Yoon (played with curious detachment by Yun-shik Baek) takes to `diddling' the family maid, Eva, whom he rather quickly falls in love with. Realizing his wife Geom-Ok (Yeo-Jung Yoon) has found out, Yoon decides he no longer desires wealth and power. However, Geom-Ok has firmly placed her hooks into her husband's young and hot assistant, Young-Jak (Kang-woo Kim), and she won't allow her family to be destroyed without a fight.
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No one is an innocent in the Korean drama "The Taste of Money" and that's a decidedly good thing. While I was a fan of director Im Sang-Soo's "The Housemaid," it had a chilly remoteness that kept me at arm's length throughout. I had no such qualms with "The Taste of Money." Hard edged, cynical, and merciless, this family saga plays out to almost Shakespearean proportions. There are enough bad acts committed within the central clan of this film to fuel several other movies. From suspicious business deals, to underworld crime connections, to scandalous sexual escapades, the lifestyles of the rich and privileged have never looked so cold hearted or depraved. It's eat or be eaten, any sign of weakness may spell your demise. This is exactly the type of adult soap opera that I crave. And set in the opulent surroundings of luxury, the film has a style and a visual splendor to spare. In case you couldn't tell, I quite liked this one even if I felt a little dirty for doing so.

Set upon the estate of one of Seoul's most influential families, "The Taste of Money" sets up a colorful cast of characters. The patriarch is engaged in an illicit affair, the power hungry matriarch is bent on revenge, the son is running afoul of the law, the grandfather is a criminal bigwig, and the daughter is flirting with the help. As an outsider, this young man (an assistant who continually assumes greater responsibility) becomes our entry into this world of sordidness. As he gets more acquainted with the family, he is drawn into their secrets. And the power that they hold seduces him. As they corrupt his propriety, he becomes a willing accomplice to his own downward spiral. But when is enough really enough? Is everyone destined to their predetermined fate or can our protagonist break the evil grip that binds him?
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