|2015 South Korea Coin Locker Girl|
I'm calling it: Go-eun Kim is the new Sakura Ando. They kinda look alike, and both showed off their birthday suit in their film debuts (Sakura's debut was directed by her father, so ... Ew).
For those of you not playing at home, Go-eun Kim's debut was A Muse (Eun-gyo) . It's a creepy male fantasy film where a nubile teen inserts herself into an old man's life and parades around in her underpants. Then said teen gets naked and has sex with some other guy. There's pubes! Stupid movie but Go-eun Kim got some kudos at festivals for her "daring" performance. "Daring" is festival-speak for "naked". If you go for the skinny, small-breasted, tiny butt Korean girls, she's smokin'.
What's a young actress to do after that? She's no Tang Wei. (Sakura did Love Exposure)
She did Monster  and some sword flick with Do-yeon Jeon, but I don't know about those so setting them aside for the sake of my story ... She does Coin Locker Girl.
Coin Locker Girl has some good qualities. The photography is a remarkable mix of dirty and colorful. Most of the acting is good, but there were several times during the film where I pitied the actors suffering through some ill-conceived scenes. Go-eun Kim has her share of bad scenes.
But the androgyny! It's fascinating to watch Go-eun Kim's face drift back and forth between boy and girl. She wins just for that. The androgyny is used to good effect. Go-eun is basically a debt collector, killer, and harvester of human organs. In a flight of original storytelling she starts to fall for one of the people she supposed to rough up and collect a debt from. Park Bo-Gum is fabulous as the naive debtor who's oblivious to the mean-spirited world of the movie he's in. And up to this point we can't tell which team Go-eun's playing on, so the slow, very subtle emergence of a possible, and totally cute romance is a wonder to behold ... (while ignoring a bad scene every now and then).
And Cho Hyun-Chul does one of the best Frankenstein's Monster I've seen in a while. He's Totally Binary: "Sis good, love sis" / "Sis bad, kill sis". He put me on edge.
I wish I could recommend the film more. It's got a lot going for it, and I generally praise films for succeeding in spite of themselves. But this one doesn't occasionally fail because it's overplaying the passing lane; it's like Shaquille O'Neal leading a fast break.
Summary: A new born girl is placed in a coin operated locker in the subway station. The girl is raised by a mother who is the boss for a loan shark group. Later, when the girl has grown into a teen, she carries out missions given to her by her mother.