Director: Choi Dong Hun
Choi Dong-hoon's directorial debut, The Big Swindle, proves that South Korea's golden age of filmmaking is set to continue for a while yet. Carrying on the recent tradition of films that deliver on every front, it's a heist film par excellence: suspenseful, slick and, as a bonus, extremely funny. A young con artist Chang-hyuk (Park Shin-yang) is killed in a car crash after snatching five billion won from the Korea Central Bank. The reconstruction of the crime by the police reveals that Chang-hyuk was operating in partnership with veteran con man Mr Kim and that he had named his brother Chang-ho as the recipient of a massive life-insurance indemnity. Believing that Chang-ho holds the key to the whereabouts of the booty, Mr Kim's girlfriend, In-gyung, befriends him. But neither she nor Mr Kim is quite prepared for the truth behind Chang-hyuk's con game. With a lineage that embraces everything from Rififi, The Sting, Reservoir Dogs and Ocean's Eleven, The Big Swindle is meticulously constructed, stylish and, best of all, smart as hell. Choi Dong-hoon will be attending the festival.