Beasts Clawing at Straws
Directed by Kim Yong-hoon
A Louis Vuitton bag stuffed full of cash sends a group of hard-luck lowlifes on a desperate chase for the fortune in this pitch-black neo-noir crime thriller. Fish-mongering gangsters, a greasy cop, an “innocent” gym cleaner, a young sex worker, her abusive husband, her ruthless boss and her clueless boyfriend all violently scheme to get their hands on the elusive bag. First time director Kim Yong-hoon’s witty thriller is a beautifully constructed puzzle that with each double-cross, the pieces fall into place. Starring Jung Woo-sung from Asura: City of Madness and Jeon Do-yeon, award winner in Cannes for her lead role in Secret Sunshine.
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"A twisted cat and mouse tale of betrayal and mayhem with a genuinely droll tone throughout, virtually guaranteeing audience enjoyment and even (guilty) smiles in the face of murder."
"A wild, multi-character ride that’s rife with energy and style, complexly knotted with an ending as simple as it is satisfying."
"Like a theme park ride, fun, enjoyable, the odd highs, the odd lows. It keeps you invested throughout. It is fun, grasping, and full of good performances. A worthy debut for Kim Yong-Hoon, who has done a commendable job as a first time director."
"Sure as hell entertaining ride from start to finish...deliciously fun as the ironically dark title."
"A film that unfolds like a situational, almost Shakespearean comedy, Beasts Clawing at Straws features a great story, and equal cinematic implementation in one of the most entertaining and well-shot movies of the year."
"A shamelessly convoluted neo-noir with impressive storytelling acumen and stylistic brio to spare, [director] Kim spins an amoral tale of greed and retribution from the ground up, reminding of the pure visceral pleasures a well-wrought genre exercise can still provide."
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- Aspect Ratio: 2.39:1
- Color: Color
|AFI Silver||Silver Spring||MD||1604379600November 3 - December 15, 2020|
|Arena Theater||Point Arena||CA||1602820800October 16 - December 15, 2020|
|Balboa Theatre||San Francisco||CA||1602820800October 16 - December 15, 2020|
|Bryn Mawr Film Institute||Bryn Mawr||PA||1605502800November 16 - December 15, 2020|
|Cameo Art House Theatre||Fayetteville||NC||1602820800October 16 - December 15, 2020|
|Cinema 21||Portland||OR||1602820800October 16 - December 15, 2020|
|Cinema du Parc||Montreal||QC||1603080000October 19 - December 15, 2020|
|Cleveland Cinematheque||Cleveland||OH||1603166400October 20 - December 15, 2020|
|Corazon Cinema||St Augustine||FL||1602820800October 16 - December 15, 2020|
|Darkside Cinema||Corvallis||OR||1609995600January 7 - February 10, 2021|
|Ely's Historic State Theater||Ely||MN||1605848400November 20 - December 15, 2020|
|FilmBar||Phoenix||AZ||1602820800October 16 - December 15, 2020|
|Gateway Film Center||Columbus||OH||1602820800October 16 - December 15, 2020|
|Gene Siskel Film Center||Chicago||IL||1603771200October 27 - December 15, 2020|
|Goldtown Nickelodeon Theater||Juneau||AK||1603684800October 26 - December 15, 2020|
|Hollywood Theatre||Portland||OR||1602820800October 16 - December 15, 2020|
|Kiggins Theatre||Vancouver||WA||1603944000October 29 - December 15, 2020|
|Lumiere Cinema||Los Angeles||CA||1602820800October 16 - December 15, 2020|
|Mesilla Valley Film Society||Mesilla||NM||1605070800November 11 - December 15, 2020|
|Minor Theater||Arcata||CA||1606712400November 30 - December 15, 2020|
|New York Asian Film Festival||New York||NY||1603252800October 21 - December 15, 2020|
|Nickelodeon Theatre||Columbia||SC||1602820800October 16 - December 15, 2020|
|North Park Theatre||Buffalo||NY||1602820800October 16 - December 15, 2020|
|Red River Theatres||Concord||NH||1602820800October 16 - December 15, 2020|
|Roxie Theater||San Francisco||CA||1604379600November 3 - December 15, 2020|
|SNF Parkway Theatre||Baltimore||MD||1606712400November 30 - December 15, 2020|
|South Bay Film Society||Torrance||CA||1602820800October 16 - December 15, 2020|
|Tahoe Art Haus||Tahoe City||CA||1612760400February 8 - March 8, 2021|
|The Cary Theater||Cary||NC||1604898000November 9 - December 15, 2020|
|The Frida Cinema||Santa Ana||CA||1602820800October 16 - December 15, 2020|
|The Loft Cinema||Tucson||AZ||1603684800October 26 - December 15, 2020|
|The Nightlight Cinema||Akron||OH||1603684800October 26 - December 15, 2020|