South Korea 2022, 129 min, Director: Hirokazu Kore-eda

Song Kang-ho deservedly won Best Actor at this spring’s Cannes Film Festival for his performance in writer-director Hirokazu Kore-eda’s latest bittersweet exploration of the de facto families we form across our lives. In Broker, he plays Sang-hyeon, who operates a black market business with his pal Dong-soo (Gang Dong-won), selling infants left at baby boxes to parents looking to adopt. But when one of the mothers, So-young (Lee Ji-eun), has second thoughts about surrendering her child, the men work with her to find a good home for the infant. Filming in South Korea for the first time, the acclaimed Japanese auteur (whose Shoplifters, MVFF41, won Cannes’ 2018 Palme d’Or) has crafted a road-trip drama full of gentle observations about the ways in which we all sometimes feel abandoned — and how the search for home can be a perpetual quest. —Tim Grierson

In Korean with English subtitles



Japanese auteur Hirokazu Kore-eda began his career with documentaries before making his first narrative feature MABOROSI (1995), winner of an OCIC Award – Honorable Mention at the Venice Film Festival. Among his films are AFTER LIFE (1998); STILL WALKING (2008), for which Kore-eda won the directing prize at the Asian Film Awards; AIR DOLL (2009); LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON (2013), recipient of a Cannes Film Festival jury prize and Prize of the Ecumenical Jury – Special Mention; OUR LITTLE SISTER (2015), winner of Awards of the Japanese Academy Best Film and Best Director awards; THE THIRD MURDER (2017), for which Kore-eda won Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Editing, and Best Film from the Awards of the Japanese Academy; and SHOPLIFTERS (MVFF41), winner of the Cannes Film Festival’s Palme d’Or and a nominee for a Best Foreign-Language Oscar®.

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Hirokazu Kore-eda


Eugene Lee


Hong Kyung-pyo


Hirokazu Kore-eda


Hirokazu Kore-eda


Song Kang-ho, Gang Dong-won, Lee Ji-eun