Coin Locker Girl

A child abandoned in a subway coin locker is sold to a ruthless and calculating loan shark and gangster boss dubbed “Mother” (Kim Hye-soo), who runs an organ-harvesting ring in Incheon’s Chinatown. Named Il-Young (Kim Go-Eun), the baby girl grows into Mother’s loyal right-hand enforcer and is groomed to be her eventual successor. But when Il-Young’s loyalty to Mother wavers, the clash between the two unleashes a merciless tidal wave of blood-soaked retribution and strife.

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  • ★★★★ review by MrJago on Letterboxd

    Two great female leads, a very calm mood and a great colour design.

    Really enjoyed watching this little Korean thriller.

  • ★★★★ review by edward zacharewicz on Letterboxd

    Korean films based on revenge and the circle of life seem to be the best genre of Korean film, of course there are several masterpieces that don't follow this road (Come Rain, Come Shine, My Sassy Girl, and Secret Sunshine all come to mind) , but the Korean revenge flick is as much of a staple in the country as the French love story, the Japanese Samurai film, and the American popcorn blockbuster, and with this over saturation comes the pretenders and the contenders, Coin Locker Girl is a contender, hitting familiar notes while maintaining an ice cold demeanor we walk hand and hand with A young woman with nothing on her side hoping for one last chance at redemption, when she losses this she attempts to make it right by attacking the only family she's known, drug addled, violent, sociopaths who sell organs from the immigrants that can't pay their debts. Will she make things right, where will she go, what will become of her? All these questions are answered in a more than satisfactory way, and while this may be no Bittersweet Life, or Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance, for my money, it sits high in the hall of revenge.

  • ★★★★ review by krem on Letterboxd

    Kim Go Eun never fails to amaze me with her acting, this is probably my fav movie by her so far. It was a heartwrenching story that captivated me from the first minute, the cinematography was dark and beautiful and the cast was a+

    On a side note i want to congratulate Bogum because he won me with this movie, i've never been a fan of the it boys acting but he proved himself with this film and i'm gonna watch his dramas because of this.

  • ★★★½ review by ghost on Letterboxd

    mightve been a higher rating if yall didnt kill bogum :~)

  • ★★★★ review by Oscar on Letterboxd

    La Corea más brutal retratada bajo el lente y pluma de un novato Han Jun-hee quien no le tiembla el pulso a la hora de retratar el violento mundo de la mafia coreana en una historia de venganza que se ve sustentada por dos pedazos de actrices, Kim Go-Eun y Hye-su Kim con dos personajes maravillosos e interpretaciones que ponen los pelos de punta y que son el punto más fuerte de esta emocionante película.

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