Screened as part of NZIFF 2012

The Taste of Money 2012

Do-nui mat

Directed by Im Sang-soo

Direct from Competition in Cannes. “The arrogance of wealth and power is seen through the eyes of a family employee in [this] stylish follow-up to The Housemaid.” — Hollywood Reporter

Korea In Korean with English subtitles
115 minutes CinemaScope

Director, Screenplay


Lee Nam-hee


Kim Woo-hyung


Lee Eun-soo

Production designers

Kim Young-hee
Kim June


Kim Hong-jip


Kim Kang-woo (Youngjak, private secretary)
Baek Yoon-sik (Chairman Yoon, the father)
Youn Yuh-jung (Keumok, the mother)
Kim Hyo-jin (Nami, the daughter)
Maui Taylor (Eva, the maid)
On Ju-wan (Chul, the son)


Cannes (In Competition) 2012


“As deep and profound as a comic book printed on glossy paper, Im Sang-soo’s latest portrait of lust and corruption, power plays and violence at the highest echelons of Korea’s society has all the style and luster of his previous works, with brilliantly lighted spectacular sets, glorious photography, fast paced action and plenty of Korean star power… Two years ago, Im Sang-soo made quite a splash in Cannes with his new, flashy version of the Korean classic The Housemaid… [This follow-up] most probably has even bigger and more sumptuous sets. The story, however, takes the allegory all the way into the realm of the absurd.” — Dan Fainaru, Screendaily

“I wanted to restore the classic characters and epic of Shakespeare and Balzac. I also wanted to draw out the suspenseful atmosphere with Hitchcock-like mise-en-scene.” — Im Sang-soo