In Coin Locker Girl, Kim Go-eun plays Il-young, an abandoned child sold by a corrupt detective to “Mother” (played by Kim Hye-soo). “Mother” is a loan shark and head of an organ trafficking organization in Incheon’s Chinatown. Being a smart and tough kid, Mother shows particular interest in Il-young and grooms her to be her personal debt collector.

The movie was screened at the International Critics’ Week during the 2015 Cannes Film Festival and was nominated for the Caméra d’Or.

Directed by: Han Jun-hee
Starring: Kim Hye-soo, Kim Go-eun, Uhm Tae-goo, Park Bo-gum, Go Kyung-pyo
Release date: April 29, 2015

Director Han Jun-hee on working with Kim Go Eun:

I feel that Kim Go-Eun is probably going to be one of the biggest actresses in the next generation of Korean cinema.  She’s very smart and when we were filming, we pretty much got our shots on the first take – almost every shot.  She’s an actress that really studies her material and really thinks long and hard about her characters and her choices, but then when she goes into filming, she really turns instinctively and works from a very pure instinct.  I feel among actresses of her age today, none really compare to her right now.

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