Spring Cinema: Broker
Nerve Centre presents Japanese director Hirokazu Koreeda's Korean drama Broker (2022)
Heartwarming, funny and moving, Broker is the new film from Hirokazu Kore-eda, the acclaimed director of the Oscar® nominated Shoplifters.
So-young (Lee ‘IU’ Ji-eun) leaves her baby Woo-sung outside a ‘baby box’, a safe place set up in Korean churches for new mothers to leave unwanted infants. Instead, he’s picked up by Sang-hyun (Parasite’s Song Kang-ho) who runs an unofficial adoption brokerage and plans to find him a new home.
So-young tracks down both Sang-hyun and his business partner Dong-soo (Gang Dong-won) and decides to join their pursuit, but as they search for Woo-sung’s new family, the unlikely group evolves into something of a family themselves — unaware they’re being tailed by two detectives (Bae Doona, Lee Joo-young) who are determined to stop them.
Winner of Best Actor and Prize of the Ecumenical Jury at 2022 Cannes Film Festival.
“Broker doesn’t feel overplotted, overly cute or excessively melodramatic. Kore-eda has an emotionally direct style, a way of fusing naturalism and fable[…]His characters are silly, suffering, dignified creatures, on whom the audience’s sympathy descends like grace.” — A.O. Scott, New York Times
2022. South Korea/Japan. Director: Hirokazu Kore-eda. Cast: Song Kang-ho, Gang Dong-won, Bae Doona. Duration: 2hrs 9mins. Cert: 12A.