In the lieu of Hwayi, Coin Locker Girl has the same dark feel which is probably why I enjoyed it so much. Il-young, who is named Ten for short, was abandoned as a baby and stored in one of those 10cent coin lockers at the subway. As a result, she grew up with the homeless and was later kidnapped by a loan shark gang. Even as a young girl, she proved herself resilient and capable of handling her jobs. This grabbed the attention of the gang head, Woo-hee, who is known as Mother of the underground society. Ten grows up to become the right hand man of Mother, handling all sorts of dirty jobs with a dispassion and calculation that frightens many. One day, she is supposed to retrieve the debt from this father-son pair, but only encounters the son because the father had ran away. The son, Seok Hyun, shows her a kindness that she has never encountered before in her harsh upbringing. He cooks for, takes her to movies, and gives her the warmth that she craves for. At first, she tries to treat him harshly to get the money from him, but slowly becomes attached. However, their little world collapses when Mother issues the order to kill Seok Hyun because his father had completely abandoned the family and left the debt to be taken care of by the son. Ten is emotionally unable to kill Seok Hyun and instead betrays the only family she has even known. They try to run, but don’t get very far as the rest of the gang catch up. Seok Hyun is brutally murdered before her eyes aInd his organs used to make up for his debt. This completely breaks Ten apart as she is now hunted by those who she once called family. She decides to take fate and vengeance into her own hands.
Kim Go Eun who played in Cheese in the Trap is wonderfully broody and dark in this movie. Her dispassion is coldly intriguing and its wonderful to see how she transforms when she is with Seok Hyun, played by Park Bo Gum who is cute as a button. Her relationship with her Mother is very complicated. The Mother plays more of a boss role and less of a familial one. However, you can tell that Ten wants that familial closeness and at times it seems like Mother has more feelings than just the coldness she shows for her job. Kim Hye Soo who acted in Signal has a certain charisma about her that makes your blood run cold. All in all, an excellent movie with few but poignant dialogue and excellent cinematography.