Broker (2022)

Broker (Korean: 브로커) is a 2022 South Korean drama film directed by Hirokazu Kore-eda starring Song Kang-ho, Bae Doona, Gang Dong-won, and Lee Ji-eun (IU).

The film was selected to compete for the Palme d’Or at the 2022 Cannes Film Festival, where it was screened on 26 May and won Ecumenical Jury Award and the Best Actor Award for Song Kang-ho. It was released on June 8, 2022 in theaters in South Korea.

‘Broker’ Posters

Cast of Broker (2022)

Cast: Song Kang-ho, Kang Dong-won, Doona Bae, Lee Ji-eun (IU), Lee Joo-young, Bek Hyun-jin

  • Song Kang-ho as Sang-hyeon, the owner of a launderette who takes babies from a baby box at a nearby church and sells them with the help of his partner Dong-soo.
  • Kang Dong-won as Dong-soo, Sang-hyeon’s right-hand man who works part-time at the church and covers for Sang-hyun.
  • Bae Doona as Soo-jin, a police detective who is investigating the two men’s illegal business.
  • Lee Ji-eun (IU) as So-young, a mother who decides to leave her baby at the baby box.
  • Lee Joo-young as Detective Lee, Soojin’s colleague who also participates in the investigation.
  • Park Ji-yong as Woo-sung, So-young’s baby
  • Im Seung-soo as Hae-jin, a child in the same nursery as Dong-soo who joins the brokers’ journey.
  • Kang Gil-woo as Mr. Lim, a trader who illegally traffics children.

Trailer

Critic reviews for Broker (2022)

Broker was screened at the Lumière Theater, the main theater of the Cannes International Film Festival, on May 26, 2022. After the film finished, there was a standing ovation from the audience for 12 minutes.

On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, 89% of 19 reviews are positive for the film, with an average rating of 7.6/10.

Gentle, sad, and funny in a just-shy-of-cutesy way, Broker continues Kore-eda’s tradition of handling tough subject matter with a light touch. Full Review

Richard Lawson – Vanity Fair

Anaemic and maudlin by turns… Full Review | Original Score: 2/5

Tim Robey – Daily Telegraph (UK)

Mid-level Kore-eda is still more acute than most, even if top-level Kore-eda would be even better. Full Review

Ben Croll – TheWrap

World cinema’s preeminent humanist always delivers. Full Review

David Rooney – Hollywood Reporter

If anyone can sell such a dodgy premise it is that wonderful actor, Song Kang-ho, but his air of hangdog everyman decency can’t solve the problems of naivety, implausibility and the sugary taste. It’s a rare miss for Kore-eda. Full Review | Original Score: 2/5

Peter Bradshaw – Guardian

Kore-eda is surprisingly generous toward his characters, nearly all of whom are breaking the law, but whose fundamental decency is brought out when dealing with others in need. Full Review

Peter Debruge – Variety

The performances are uniformly alive and the characters fully inhabited, with genuine satisfaction to be had from the whole-cloth nature of the proceedings. It feels well lived in. Full Review

Todd McCarthy – Deadline Hollywood Daily

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