How to Steal a Dog


Since her family went bankrupt and her father ran off, schoolgirl Ji-so (Lee Re) has been living with her mother (Kang Hae-jung) and her brother (Hong Eun-taek) in a pizza van. Deeply embarrassed by her situation, Ji-so desperately wants to live a normal life in a house but her mother is barely making ends meet in her job as a waitress. When Ji-so finds a poster offering a $500 reward for the return of a lost dog, she believes the money would be enough to buy exactly the type of house she yearns for. So, she and her school friend Chae-rang (Lee Ji-won) hatch a plan to steal the dog owned by her mother’s rich employer (Kim Hye-ja) and claim a similar reward for its return. However, the old woman’s nephew, Soo-young (Lee Chun-hee), is also trying to steal the dog to get his hands on his aunt’s inheritance. Korean film fans will likely recognise director Kim Sung-ho from his classic horror (2003) and with he shows that he is also an expert in humour filled family fun.

By Paul Quinn

Film info
2014. Directed by Kim Sung-ho, starring Lee Re, Kim Hye-ja, Choi Min-soo, Kang Hye-jung, 109 mins.

Picturehouse Central, 14 Nov 15 3:00 pm

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