Broker / Hwang Chae-yeon
/Extracted from CJ Entertainment
<Broker> is a drama-genre film, released on June 8th, 2022 in South Korea. Although it is a Korean film, it was filmed and directed by Japanese film director Hirokazu Kore-eda. It received a lot of attention even before its release since it was worked with a famous Japanese director, famous Korean staff, and several experienced and popular actors in Korea. The work features Song Kang-ho as Sang-hyun, Gang Dong-won as Dong-soo, IU as So-young, Bae Doo-na as Soo-jin, Lee Joo-young as detective Lee, and there are also many other famous actors as supporting roles.
Just as Hirokazu Kore-eda mainly produces films about alienated groups and family stories, <Broker> also tells a similar story. Sang-hyun and Dong-soo deal with babies from a baby box to parents who want to adopt them as illegal but quick routes. They met So-young, who left her baby in the baby box and came back to find her the next day. They formed a team, and went on the journey of trading So-young's child together. Detective Su-jin and Lee follow them to capture decisive evidence and arrest them, and watch the whole process.
This movie has a common theme such as family and love, but it also contains a variety of special elements. First, it is an unexpected factor that Sang-hyun and Dong-soo, who are called "brokers," deal with none other than babies. These brokers seem to be doing illegal and bad things to make a lot of money, but in the process, the sincerity of those who want abandoned babies to meet a good family and be happy is also shown. Through this, the audience can think from a different perspective about the problems of babies, adoptees, and single mothers who are marginalized in our society. In addition, not only the content, but also the screens featuring Korea’s natural scenery such as Busan, Pohang-si, Uljin-gun, Samcheok-si, Gangneung-si, and Seoul make the movie even more special.
The most recommended viewing point is as follows. Dong-soo, who has been growing up in a child-care institution since childhood, firmly believed that his mother would come and pick him up again, but as time goes by and he gets older, he cannot shake off the thought that he was abandoned by his mother. Dong-soo seems to get along very well with who has been living with him instead of his family like Sang-hyun, child-care institution teachers and children, but in fact, his sadness and resentment about his parents’ lack are dimly revealed. However, though Dong-soo does not spend long days with So-young, he realizes that his mother, just like So-young, must have had an inevitable situation where she had to give him up, and nevertheless loved him. This moment of enlightenment is one of the climax scenes of the movie. If you pay attention to the conversation between Dong-soo and So-young on the Ferris wheel, you will be able to sympathize more with the message the movie wants to convey through the actors’ delicate emotional acting.
According to CJ Entertainment(CJ ENM), <Broker> recorded sales in 188 countries. In addition, the <Broker> team was invited to the competition section of the 75th Cannes Film Festival, and Song Kang-ho won the Best Actor Award, and was also recognized not only in Korea but abroad. If you have not watched it yet, the Dongguk Post recommends that to you watch it once as it is worth enough to spend 129 minutes on it.
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