Director Kim Yong-hoon has managed quite a casting coup of sorts with his debut feature film “Beasts Clawing at Straws”, bringing together superstars Jung Woo-sung and Jeon Do-yeon together for the first time.
The destinies of hard-luck lowlifes slowly converge and come crashing down: Jung-man barely gets by working at a sauna and taking care of his sick mother until he finds a bag full of cash in the locker room; Tae-young is in trouble after his girlfriend runs away with the money he borrowed from a loan shark. Soon, a dead body mysteriously turns up; Mi-ran, caught between her husband’s violence and a dead-end job as a bar hostess, she finds a young lover Jin-tae, who offers to kill her husband… And now their dog-eat-dog game starts.
The film is adapted by Kim from the Japanese novel “Wara nimo Sugaru Kemonotachi”. In addition to Jung Woo-sung as Tae-young and Jeon Do-yeon as Yeon-hee, it also stars Bae Sung-woo (“The Great Battle“) as Jung-man, Shin Hyun-bin (“Sunset in my Hometown“) as Mi-ran and Jung Ga-ram (“The Odd Family: Zombie on Sale“) as Jin-tae, in addition to Jung Man-sik (“Asura: City of Madness“) and veteran actress Youn Yuh-jung (“The Bacchus Lady”). It is set to release in South Korea in February, 2020.