"This masterful drama has Kore-eda’s almost impossible grace and empathy in every scene, further exemplifying his ability to tell emotionally raw stories without devolving into melodrama." - Brian Tallerico, RogerEbert.com
"The execution of this premise is, somehow, miraculous in its sensitivity, asking questions about issues of ethics, of choice, of money, and murder, and family, and how to find love in all this sorry mess." - Ella Kemp, Indiewire
Sang-hyun (Song Kang-ho, winner of Best Actor at the Cannes Film Festival) and Dong-soo (Gang Dong-won) are two brokers who sell the infants abandoned in “baby boxes’’ to affluent couples who want to circumvent the bureaucracy of Busan’s adoption process. After picking up the adorable Woo-sung, the brokers are surprised by his young mother, So-young, who decides to tag along with them to ensure they find the right family for her child. Acclaimed filmmaker Hirokazu Kore-eda (SHOPLIFTERS, NOBODY KNOWS) is beautifully in his wheelhouse in this heartbreaking - and heart-healing - story of chosen families, childhood, and friendship.
Awards & Nominations
Winner - Best Actor, Song Kang-ho, Cannes Film Festival
Winner - Vision in Film Award, Hawaii International Film Festival
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