Ha Sang-hyeon (Song Kang-ho) is the owner of a hand laundry and volunteers at the nearby church, where his friend Dong-soo (Gang Dong-won) works. The two run an illegal business together: Sang-hyeon occasionally steals babies from the church’s baby box with Dong-soo, circumventing the bureaucracy of legal adoption, and selling to affluent couples who can’t have children of their own. After an infant’s mother (Lee Ji-eun) surprises the duo by returning to ensure her child finds a good home, the three embark on a journey to find the right couple, building an unlikely family of their own. From acclaimed director Hirokazu Kore-eda (Shoplifters) with award winning actor Song Kang-ho (Parasite)
What the critics are saying:
The charm of Kore-eda’s films is the layering of complex characters, and he puts a lot of heart and time into each of them, sculpting intricate emotions and relationships that connect with the viewer.
The magic of Kore-eda’s film is that viewers will experience considerable affection for his film’s characters and Woo-sung’s well-being. This is a highly satisfying drama about love, families and forgiveness, starting over and creating a better life.
Gary M. Kramer
Bittersweet and beautiful, Broker sits easily amongst Kore-eda’s finest films, and as one of the best filmmakers working today that is surely saying something.
AWFJ Women on Film