In this brief episode of ‘Even More Eyes’, James and Imo review director Hirokazu Kore-eda’s latest feature Broker (2023), starring Song Kang-ho, Gang Dong-won, Lee Ji-eun, Lee Joo-young, Im Seung-soo and Bae Doona.
Taking an unusual detour from high octane action and superhero antics, the two critics settle into the Japanese filmmaker’s first foray into South Korean society. A young mother’s fateful decision to leave her newborn baby at a church depository box has life-changing consequences for her, two opportunistic brokers, a mischevious orphan, and the pursuing police.
For one of our critics it’s a return to Kore-eda’s thematics of social class and unfamiliar familial bonds (2013’s Like Father, Like Son, 2017’s After the Storm and 2018’s Shoplifters) , while for another it’s their first encounter with the director-writer’s quietly powerful work.
Do they think this feature is Kore-eda’s finest or spinning the wheel on his usual topics? Click play to find out.
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