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In Kim’s most extreme portrayal of “tough love”, a low-level pimp (Jo Jae-hyeon) targets a respectable college student (Seo Won), forcing her into a life of prostitution, only to become fiercely protective of her. A brutal examination of a modern society still burdened by archaic sexism and a gaping class divide, the film is also a powerful story of obsession, voyeurism, exploitation and love, in all its ugly guises that builds to a deliberately provocative finale.

This is an extract from a feature I wrote for Badass Digest here