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South Korean Thriller “BEASTS CLAWING AT STRAWS” Opens in Cinemas Today

Wednesday, October 21, 2020 | News

Written and Directed by Kim Yong-hoon
Starring Jeon Do-yeon, Jung Woo-sung, Bae Sung-woo
Artsploitation Films

A wild crime thriller about a bag of money left in a sauna and the eight strangers who, spurred by blinding greed, become intricately and dangerously involved with each other, BEASTS CLAWING AT STRAWS is a fast-paced Coen-meets-The Grifters tale.

Synopsis: A Luis 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 prostitute, her wife-beater of a husband, her ruthless boss, and her clueless boyfriend all violently scheme to get their hands on elusive the 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.

The award-winning crime thriller BEASTS CLAWING AT STRAWS opens up theatrically via Virtual screenings in select cinemas nationwide. The initial line-up is:

Opens Wednesday, October 21:

Filmbar                    Phoenix, AZ
Cinema SF                San Francisco, CA
Cleveland Cinematheque    Cleveland, OH
Lumiere                    Los Angeles, CA
North Park                Buffalo, NY
Hollywood                Portland, OR
Gateway                    Columbus, OH
Cameo                    Fayetteville,NC
Corazon Cinema            St. Augustine, FL
Cinema 21                Portland, OR
Frida                    Santa Ana, CA

Opens Friday, October 23:

Laemmle                    Los Angeles, CA
Arena Theater                   Point Arena, CA
NYAFF                              New York, NY


Grace Detwiler
Rue Morgue's Online Assistant Editor - Grace Detwiler (@finalgirlgrace) is a freelance film journalist studying English and Criminology at Colorado State University. Her original work can be found on her blog, FinalGirlGrace, as well as in Rue Morgue's print and online publications.