COIN LOCKER GIRL
Directed by Han Jun-hee
Official Selection, Critics Week, 2015 Cannes Film Festival
Jury’s Choice Award, 2015 Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival
A child abandoned in a subway coin locker is sold to a ruthless and calculating loan shark and gangster boss dubbed “Mother” (Kim Hye-soo), who runs an organ-harvesting ring in Incheon’s Chinatown. Named Il-Young (Kim Go-Eun), the baby girl grows into Mother’s loyal right-hand enforcer and is groomed to be her eventual successor. But when Il-Young’s loyalty to Mother wavers, the clash between the two unleashes a merciless tidal wave of blood-soaked retribution and strife.
Internationally heralded, Han Jun-Hee’s COIN LOCKER GIRL pushes at the narrow confines of the Korean gangster noir by bucking gender conventions in casting and delving into questions of family and violence, particularly mother-daughter relations. At the heart of the film are the two female leads. Kim Go-Eun is a true discovery and veteran actress Kim Hye-Soo (The Thieves) struts bad-assery as she struts her wicked mane. From the film’s shocking opening scene to its final thrills, they pull no punches. –Jumanah Albahri
Co-presented by: KABA-SD