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Broker

Directed by Kore-eda Hirokazu
2022
South Korea
129 minutes
Unclassified 15+
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Direct from the Cannes Competition, where Song Kang-ho (Parasite, SFF 2019) won the Best Actor Award, Broker is a tender drama from Kore-eda Hirokazu (Shoplifters, SFF 2018).
A film at once delightful, funny and heart-breaking from a master filmmaker at the height of his powers. Sang-hyun (Song Kang-ho) runs a laundry shop but is constantly saddled with debt. Dong-soo (Gang Dong-won) works at a ‘baby box’ facility where mothers can safely abandon their new-borns. One night in the pouring rain, the pair illegally take an abandoned infant with a plan to find it a good home. When the mother So-young (Lee Ji Eun, better known as IU) unexpectedly returns for her son, the men instead convince her to join their plan. The three of them then embark on a journey to find new parents for the baby. Meanwhile, police detective Su-jin (Bae Doona) and her younger colleague Detective Lee (Lee Joo Young) silently tail the group, hoping to catch them in the act. So begins an unusual and unexpected journey for five people, and a baby, brought together by chance. As he did with his Cannes Palme d’Or winner Shoplifters and much of his work – and for the first time in Korean and with some of Korea’s biggest stars – Kore-eda focuses on family and connection. Your heart will break, then soar at this warming film.

See the film as part of our Closing Night Gala celebration at the State Theatre on Sun 19 June at 7pm.

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Kore-eda has an unfaltering lightness of touch, a way of injecting emotional veracity and spontaneity into every moment.
David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter
A crowd-pleaser that prods those crowds to think, to consider the many teeming lives of others, as they chuckle and sigh along.
Richard Lawson, Vanity Fair

Tickets

Sun 19 Jun
8pm
Event Cinemas George Street - Cinema 4
Past Event Cancel
Thu 23 Jun
8pm
Dendy Newtown - Cinema 1
Past Event Cancel
Thu 23 Jun
9:15pm
Dendy Newtown - Cinema 3
Past Event Cancel
Program Strand
Features
Year
2022
Classification
Unclassified 15+
Country
South Korea
Language
In Korean with English subtitles
Director
Kore-eda Hirokazu
Producer
Lee Eugene
Cast
Song Kang Ho, Gang Dong Won, Bae Doona, Lee Ji Eun (IU), Lee Joo Young
Screenwriter
Kore-eda Hirokazu
Cinematographer
Hong Kyung Pyo
Editor
Kore-eda Hirokazu
Premiere
Australian Premiere
Genre
Festival Award Winners, Cinephile, Asia, Crime, Cannes Selected, Late Addition, Back by Popular Demand
Company Credits
Australian Distributor: Madman Entertainment
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