DVD Review: South Korean Drama THE TASTE OF MONEY Is More Southfork Than Shakespeare - Movies In Focus
Im Sang-soo’s The Taste Of Money wants to be a commentary on big business and social decadence in South Korea. It’s a visually impressive piece, but much too shallow considering the corrupt word and weighty themes it tries to explore. The film follows an obnoxiously rich family who have reached the top through bribery and corruption. We see them through the eyes of Joo Young-jak (Kim Kang-woo), a young employee who gets caught up in the family drama when the patriarch (Kim Hyo-jin) decides to run-off with the Filipino maid just as the family firm is being investigated for fraud. The Taste Of Money is filled with lust, greed, sex, corruption and tragedy – but it’s amazing how boring it all is. I get the impression that Im Sang-soo felt he was making a sprawling Shakespearian family drama, with touches of The Godfather mixed with the visual sheen of a Michael Mann film. However, it comes across more like an x-rated episode of Dallas than King Lear. We’re supposed to see that greed doesn’t bring happiness, but we actually learn it brings beautiful interior design. To give Sang-soo his credit, the film looks good but it suffers from a serious [...]