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IFC Buys American Rights to ‘The Taste of Money’ [trailer]

Written by Alexander Tucker   // 05/27/2012

The Taste of MoneyIFC Midnight announced today from the 2012 Cannes Film Festival that the company is acquiring North American rights to THE TASTE OF MONEY directed by Im Sang-Soo (THE HOUSEMAID).



The film, also with a screenplay by Sang-Soo, stars Kim Kang-Woo, Baek Yoon-Sik, Youn Yuh-Jung and Kim Hyo-Jin. Son Kwang-Ik and Kim Won-Kuk served as executive producers while Lee Nam-Hee and Seo Jung-Hun produced. The film had its world premiere earlier in the week in competition at the Cannes Film Festival.

In THE TASTE OF MONEY, Korea’s greatest provocateur Im Sang-Soo takes us inside Korea’s most privileged family. Joo Young-Jak is the private male secretary of Baek Geum-Ok, middle-aged heiress and wife of a rich chaebol. Baek covets Joo’s young body, and he has already sold his pride for money a long time ago. What tangles up their relationship is the appearance of Baek’s daughter Na-Mi, a girl so different than her wealth obsessed parents. When romantic feelings begin to develop between the two, Baek is challenged with his conflicting desires for money and love.


Director Im Sand -Soo

Sang-soo, is an award-winning South Korean film director and screenwriter. Im was born in Seoul. He studied sociology at Seoul’s Yonsei University before making a move to The Korean Academy of Film Arts in 1989. He began working in film that same year, landing his first job as Park Jeong-won’s assistant director on Kuro Arrirang (was coincidentally also the first film of Choi Min-sik, who also acted in Shiri and Oldboy).


This film looks stylish and sleek. Korean film has come a long way over the last decade. Oldboy in 2003 was a classic and an American remake is being planned by Spike Lee.  Then there is The Lake House, The Mirror and Tale of Two Sisters all originally Korean, a lll remade.

I’ll be interested to see if any of the filmmakers, actors or directors begin to transition into the American market. Don’t roll your eyes, just look at Noomi Rapace. If you want to be a huge star and be apart of the biggest films in the world, you have to cross over to English speaking films. It has nothing to do with being too lazy to read Subs, I do it all the time. But English is the closest thing the world has to a universal entertainment language. Even the best music in the world comes from english speaking bands. Ever wonder why the French and Spain haven’t produced any great rock bands?



The Taste of Money Trailer


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